Though many have expressed outrage at the recent incident where Jared Massey was Tasered by a UHP officer, it was justified. Massey was not subdued because he was speeding. He was subdued because he refused to obey a police officer, resisted arrest and may have been a threat because of his behavior. Once he refused to sign the speeding ticket, the UHP officer was free to take Massey into custody. When he refused the officer's order to turn around and put his hands behind his back, he resisted arrest. As he started walking away in defiance, the video recording clearly shows him reaching into the pocket of his cargo pants. What if that pocket held a .38 special? Would the critics of trooper Jon Gardner still be outraged?

Barry Dickerson

South Jordan