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Taser-boy apologizes; Phillies change their security procedures

May 6, 2010, 8:16 AM EDT

taser kid closeup.jpgThe 17-year-old who ran around Citizens Bank Ballpark like a fool and then got tased has issued an apology. Well, at least his attorney did on his behalf.

The kid — Steven Consalvi —  “knows that he committed a
foolish act and is truly sorry for his actions,” and he wants to apologize “to the fans, the team, the Philadelphia Police
Department and ballpark security workers.”  The attorney says that the family hopes that people understand “teenagers do impulsive

I have no idea why, but after hearing that I’m sort of reminded of this old Kids in the Hall sketch.

In other news, the Phillies have decided that the use of force is not needed simply because someone jumps on the field during the game. Going forward, the team has decided, Phillies team security will apprehend fans who jump on the field and city police will not become involved unless it is deemed necessary.

What’s this “deemed necessary” business?  Didn’t the Phillies get the memo that any person who steps foot on a field could have knives and bazookas and smart bombs and stuff and must be stopped with extreme prejudice?  Jeez, it’s almost like they want to assess threats for what they are rather than fear the unknown and treat people like they forfeited all of their their Constitutional rights simply because they trespassed.

What is this world coming to?

  1. Craig Calcaterra - May 6, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Jack, I don’t know that this case would, if taken up the ladder, be ruled to have been a Constitutional violation. But I do think it was unnecessary and ill-advised, the Phillies, via their new policy seem to agree, and the point of my comment to which you are responding — that the personal feelings of the players has no bearing whatsoever on what is, and what is not, acceptable use of force — is undeniable.

  2. Jonny5 - May 6, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Now this guy looks like he’s just having fun as well, or so it seems. at which point should the taser have come out is my question?

  3. Morgan W - May 6, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    So if the kid jumps back onto the field again somehow….is he ‘allowed’ to be tasered???
    For those who persist on hammering on about hidden knives and anthrax coated underpants…next time you’re on vacation(I assume some of you head out of your own country once in your lifetime) take in a sporting event. Doesn’t matter which sport. If youre really really lucky(summer sports, especially cricket where the day is 6 hrs long and beer does not cost $8 might increase your chances), you might witness a fan run the pitch. Clothes are optional in this instance. Notice how the individual is not tasered. It’s just a better world that way people.

  4. MVD - May 6, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    I am Taser Boy. There is no hope for me.

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