And of course, most of us remember the infamous 1993 stabbing of tennis star Monica Seles by a deranged fan.
These are situations where the Taser is appropriate. In the Phillies' management's defense, the team released the following statement two days after the tasing incident: "In ordinary circumstances involving field intrusion, the Phillies game day security personnel will make the apprehension of the field jumper and turn him over to the Philadelphia Police on the field for handcuffing and subsequent charging. Police officers will be called upon only if more force is necessary."
The lesson? If the officer was using decent judgment, it never would have been an issue in the first place.
Editor's Note: Steve Lasky's regular column will return in the next issue of STE.