The 50,000 Volt Reporter

I watch “Anderson Cooper 360.” It’s sometimes good, sometimes bad. The last two days have been “special” 2-hour editions of the show, and they’ve been pretty interesting — sort of like special section pull-outs in the newspaper. Yesterday, 9-1-1.

Today: Injustice in America. Dramatic title, but they went through a number of interesting little stories about court problems around the country. Then, they talked about courthouse security — and they sent Rick Sanchez out to test it all out. Self-defense class where he gets beat up a little, fine. BUT THEN, to demonstrate alternative methods of restraint, he allowed himself to be tazered on camera. SANCHEZ: Now, when it comes to technology, many in law enforcement recommend stun guns over real weapons. To show you how it works, I’m go about to receive 50,000 volts of electricity. Do it.
[ETA: on camera, please imagine Rick Sanchez seizing up and yelling and twisting while two police officers hold him up and one tazers him.]
Oh! It hurts. It’s painful. But no one’s dead, and that is how law enforcement would like these scenarios to end up. In fact, they call it the wave of the future, a future that didn’t arrive soon enough for countless officers, including the four who lost their lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


(on camera): Hurts to watch it. Here’s what I tried to do in that piece. I wanted to find out what kind of technology, what kind of methods are out there police could use to save lives. I called an awful lot of police departments and courthouses and I found out, for the most part, surprisingly, a lot of them aren’t employing some of these new methods.

I’m Rick Sanchez. Anderson, back to you.

COOPER: Ah, Rick, I mean, you know, I can’t — I’ve seen that a million times and I really never get tired of seeing it. What did it actually feel like, I mean, to have 50,000 volts going through you and what are you saying when that’s happening?

SANCHEZ: It’s like being shocked, but you can’t imagine how 50,000 volts feels. It only lasted two, and like a quarter of a second, so it wasn’t an awful lot of time. If it were to be a lot longer it certainly would’ve done a lot of damage.
What I was saying was — English is my second language and for some reason, when I was in all that pain and I guess I felt somewhat desperate, I wanted them to stop, I started saying ya, ya, ya, ya. In Spanish, that translates to stop, stop, stop, stop.

COOPER: Fascinating. All right, Rick Sanchez, thanks very much.

SANCHEZ: All right.

COOPER: Let’s see it one more time.

SANCHEZ: What the heck.


SANCHEZ: …the electricity. Do it.


SANCHEZ: Did you get it, the ya, ya, ya? I’m glad I finally got to clear that up.

COOPER: Man, you’re a braver man than I am. Rich Sanchez…

SANCHEZ: Well, it told the story.

COOPER: Thanks very much. Appreciate it. .

I bolded the parts that make me suspect there is something a little bit wrong about Anderson Cooper. Certainly I have learned that I don’t want him to be my boss.

I have a Shakespeare final tomorrow. The final final. I am obviously procrastinating. I’m even caught up on my Ted Casablanca gossip.

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