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Save Your Child From A House Fire In Missouri And Get A Tasin’ And A Jailin’

by | 8th, November 2013

Ryan Miller

IN case you’re wondering: apparently it is illegal in Missouri to save a toddler from a burning house, and cops will taser you, cuff you and haul you off to jail if you try.

Ryan Miller discovered this early on Halloween morning, when an electrical fire started in the house he shared with his wife and three-year-old stepson. Officers shot Miller with a stun gun as he tried re-entering the burning house to save the little boy. (There’s some dispute over exactly how often Miller got Tased; police say two times while Miller’s mother says three , twice after Miller was already in handcuffs and once after he was already in the police car.)

A city administrator referred to the police response as a “judgment call,” which is self-evident, but it says something about the character of modern American law enforcement that in their judgment, acting upset while your little boy’s trapped in a burning house is behavior inappropriate enough to get you hauled off to jail.

In fairness to the still-unnamed cop, he probably thought he was saving the father’s life rather than dooming the little boy’s. The child was still alive and breathing when firefighters eventually entered the house and took him out; unfortunately, Miller missed those last moments with his son because he was in jail at the time.

Sad thing is, Miller’s tasing and trip to jail is actually one of the more benign manifestations of a scary idea popular with modern American law enforcement: the idea that adults are not allowed to decide for themselves what risks they take (unless, of course, the get hired by a police force or elected to political office, at which point they acquire the ability to make such decisions not just for themselves, but for everyone else in the jurisdiction, too). And tasing people for their own alleged good isn’t the worst thing our cops have done; police will gladly risk killing you if that’s what it takes to keep you out of harm’s way.

Seriously. You know how whenever a big storm’s forecast to hit an American coastline bad enough for authorities to call an evacuation, there’s always holdouts who refuse to leave?

Some of them stay put because, while they wouldn’t mind leaving for a night

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