By Wyatt Earp | May 6, 2010
God, I love that photo. I’ll have to make it my screen saver.
I know I swore that I wouldn’t address this non-story, but after the constant bashing of the PPD by the local and national media, I am choking on my own rage here. In case you missed it, here is the back story. On Monday, a 17-year old jackass named Steven Consalvi jumped onto the field during a Phillies game. After running through the field dodging security guards, a Philadelphia police officer subdued him with a taser: a weapon classified as non-lethal.
Naturally, the libtard idiots of the local and national media decried the action as “excessive,” even though Consalvi was unharmed. Yesterday, the Phillies allowed the hand-wringing to get the best of them, and they changed their stadium security policy. For the worse, in my professional opinion.
The Philadelphia Phillies have announced a security policy change following the interruption of two games by fans who ran onto the field. One fan was tasered by police, prompting an excessive force debate. From now on, Phillies team security will apprehend fans who jump on the field, unless more force is deemed necessary. Security will then hand the fan over to police for handcuffing and subsequent charging.
Read that part again. The team will utilize security until “more force is deemed necessary.” By the time that decision is made, it may be too late. What happens if the fan pulls out a knife, like in the case of Monica Seles a few years ago? Who do you think the Phillies will blame if someone is seriously hurt by a fan? Take a wild guess.
The parents of 17-year-old Steven Consalvi believe police used too much force after tasering the teen as he ran on the field Monday night.
“He definitely shouldn’t run on the field. Fine him, whatever he gets for that,” said Wayne Consalvi, Steven Consalvi’s father. “But tasering him? Definitely uncalled for.”
Actually genius, what was uncalled for was your son’s douchebaggery. If he just surrendered to the officer, the taser would have never been used. End of story.
However, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said he has reviewed the tape and felt the officer had acted within the department’s guidelines.
“As of right now, I’ve not seen anything that would indicate that the officer acted outside of our policy,” Ramsey said. “The bottom line is: the field is for players, umpires, managers and others. It is not for fans.”
It is important to note that Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, the Police Advisory Commission, and the Saint Louis Cardinals players agreed with Ramsey. Nutter and the PAC are not fans of the PPD. If they thought the officer’s actions were inappropriate, believe me, they would say so.
Following the two incidents, the team released a statement announcing the policy change.
“The Police Department is conducting an investigation into the use of the Taser gun on the field jumper on Monday night. The Phillies have had discussions at the same time with the Police Department concerning future incidents of field intrusion. It has been agreed that 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. If greater force is necessary, requiring the assistance of Philadelphia Police in making the apprehension, such assistance will be employed. The Phillies will continue their policy of prosecuting all persons coming onto the field during a game to the maximum extent of the law, which could include imprisonment up to one year and a $2,500 fine.”
That’s all fine and good. If the Phillies think their security staff can do a better job of “policing” the stadium than we can, more power to them. God help them if they’re wrong.