Police chief defends use of taser on Phillies fan

    Police say they can’t know a trespasser’s intentions.

    Philadephia’s top cop is defending an officer’s decision to use a taser on a 17 year old Phillies fan who ran onto the field during Monday night’s game.

    The video footage of a police officer tasing a teen at the ballpark is a shocking sight for the average fan, but it may not be against the law.

    Police Department spokesman Lieutenant Frank Vanore says Commissioner Charles Ramsey watched the video and looked at written documents provided by the investigators.

    “From what he could see preliminarily it appears that the officers actions were within our policy and we have a very strict policy when it comes to use of force especially when it pertains to the conducted energy device that we use and the device is permitted to be used to prevent escape, to overcome resistance or arrest.”

    Vanore says police don’t know if someone running around on the field is just being stupid, or if the person has more sinister intentions.

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