Using armed police for traffic control is overkill

An incident last weekend is an example of why having law enforcement serve as traffic control officers is overkill.

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April 23, 2021 - 2:04 PM

Minnesota State Trooper Jack Tiegs talks to a speeding motorist he just stopped in St. Paul on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. (Associated Press Photo.)

An incident last weekend is an example of why having law enforcement serve as traffic control officers is overkill.

According to an interview with John Sigg of Iola, he was flagged last Friday night by officers for traveling 34 mph in a 25 mph zone. In the ensuing action, Sigg was ordered to raise his hands and drop to his knees. He is 80 years old. 

An officer then tased Sigg, after which he was taken to the hospital.

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