For most people, the closest they’ll ever get to a taser is watching an episode of COPS or YouTube.
Probably for good reason – a police-issued taser shoots fishhooks containing 5,000 volts of electric shock through human skin, said Sumner officer Loren Houselog to the students of the Sumner Police Citizens' Academy.
The hooks can penetrate heavy jackets and jeans and suspects "ride the volt" for an excruciating 5 seconds per hit. The bigger they are, the more effective the charge. Tasers are used to restrain criminal suspects and can stop them from fleeing police custody – the darts shoot out on wires that run 25 feet.
Every officer on the force carries one, except parking control.
Houselog showed a Powerpoint demonstration on tasers (complete with clips from the Hangover) that sparked giggles around the classroom. Then, it was time for the live demonstration.
Sumner Sgt. Jeff Engle had never been tased, so he wanted to experience it before he retires, he said. He wore a white “SUMNER COPS” T-shirt to show off the blood he expected to spurt from his back and stood on a wrestling mat -- just in case.
Then, the shot.
To be honest, I don’t know what Jeff said when he fell. I played it back 100 times and still can't figure it out.
So, I leave it up to you to interpret. Please watch responsibly.