Philadelphia Phillies Fan Gets Tasered (5/4)

Josh FathollahiContributor IMay 5, 2010

A 17-year-old baseball fan was subdued by a stadium patrol officer via taser gun after he sprinted on to the field on Monday May 3rd during a Philadelphia Phillies home game.

This is the first tasing story that has surfaced since the infamous "Don't taze me bro!" incident with University of Florida student Andrew Meyer in 2007.

The issue here is whether the officer's use of a taser gun was appropriate for the situation, or if it was a form of police brutality.

Here is a link to the video of the incident that has been circulating on YouTube:

In hindsight it may seem a bit excessive to use electroshock on a teenage fan, but it is in fact the exact opposite.

Being tasered is a far safer alternative to a physical take down or a brutal baton beat down, that could lead to injuries and lawsuits, given that the fan was a minor.

You also have to take into consideration that these major league ball players are separate million dollar entities that owners and general managers go out of their way to protect.

As you can see in the video, there was no way the unathletic security guards were going to run down the spry 17-year-old. So alternative methods had to be explored.

If he would have just thrown in the towel after a minute or two, he probably would have been arrested unscathed, or should I say untased.

And while it appeared that the fan was unarmed and harmless, you can really never be too sure these days.

Especially with events such as Kansas City Royal's first base coach Tom Gamboa being ambushed by two knife wielding fans happening as recently as 2002.

All things considered, I feel that security took the necessary precautions to neutralize the situation.

So the next time you are at a sporting event and the thought of streaking across the playing field crosses your mind, I would suggest using better judgement. Unless you enjoy being tased, bro.