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Umbrella Wielding Man vs. Taser

TASER WINS

3/11/2014 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A random guy wielding a giant deck umbrella ... in a standoff with 2 Santa Monica police officers ... armed with tasers -- who do you think comes out on top?

Yeah ... tasers are pretty much undefeated.

It appears the cops tried to talk it out with him, but when he kept swinging the umbrella like a weapon ... the taser came out and dude went down like a sack of wet cement.

Police say the man had just been kicked out of Starbucks for annoying customers -- and when they arrived he was making suicidal threats.

We're told the man was placed on a 5150 hold and taken to a hospital for mental evaluation.

Our newsroom's divided -- did the cops use excessive force ... or merely take him down safely?

So, we gotta ask ...  

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1.

Frank    

Just sprinkle some crack on him

169 days ago
2.

tucker    

He had a weapon. They took him down safely.

169 days ago
3.

pat    

Geez, what happened?


How come there aren't 8-10 cops all over this guy?


I guess they're on the way.

169 days ago
4.

Sillycat    

The police did the right thing. The umbrella in the way he was using it was a weapon. Hey they used tasers instead of shooting him...

169 days ago
5.

George    

Considering the cop had a wide open chance with ease to grab him from behind, what ever happened to good old fashioned police work?

No instead, let's pull out a taser because it's a little more fun and makes the job easier.

This was excessive considering how easily any Joe could have subdued this guy.

169 days ago
6.

sfrandiver    

They go to the taser to fast anymore. Used to have to do escalation of force. Verbal Judo, Pepper Spray, Baton, Taser and Lethal.

Police skip the first few steps and go straight to Taser. Remember this is less then lethal. Doesn't mean this guy won' diet. Can have a heart condition or even just fall straight on his head. Bring the baton back. Just extending that ASP is like ****ing a shotgun. Most guys will comply.

169 days ago
7.

Jay W.     

Is it wrong to laugh?

169 days ago
8.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

He's doing the Michael Jackson smooth criminal lean in that pic

169 days ago
9.

Ace    

If you're going to use an umbrella as a weapon, you have to know where the button is to deploy the canopy, amateurs.

169 days ago
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Champagne Jayne    

Is that one of Starbuck's c r a p p y patio umbrellas? They are so flimsy. Not like he was wielding a Britney Spears white trash threatening umbrella.

169 days ago
11.

JuanRambo    

Using a taser is better & safer than using a gun... So there's no problem here...

169 days ago
12.

Ron Fing Swanson    

Acting like a goof, deserved the tasering.

169 days ago
13.

Firefly    

Put yourself in the position of the cop. The guy is brandishing a large umbrella would you mind if he wacks you a few times and pokes you in the eye with it? The guy was talking suicide which makes him unpredictable. The cops just took him out to where everyone was unharmed and the guy lived. I'd rather the cops be safe and not the idiot that put everyone on edge in the first place.

169 days ago
14.

HumanNature    

I Want One.

169 days ago
15.

ricosauve15    

That's not excessive force. You see that on the show cops every week.

169 days ago
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