Sotherland used the taser on a motionless and handcuffed victim lying on the ground. She was known for torturing those in her custody and making threats of bodily harm around Pine ridge Reservation and her native Hot Springs. When she tired of her sadism, she continued to use the taser over 28 times with the intent of causing cardiac arrest in her victim. The charge should have been Attempted Murder.
The victim was motionless and handcuffed, lying on the ground. Sotherland was using a taser at first to torture herhelpless victims. After she tired of that. Sotherland used her taser 28 times in repetition intending to cause cardiac arrest. The charge should have been Attempted Murder. She was known for torturing victims in the past and will continue to do until she is incarcerated.
I definitely think that Rebecca Sotherland was guilty of unreasonable force after using a taser twenty eight times on an intoxicated person. Even the most intoxicated, unruly person would have gone down well before twenty eight taser shocks, if they even required two shocks. Tasers hit as hard as they do for a reason.
To tase someone 28 times is completely unreasonable without other methods of controlling the situation also put into play. When a person is intoxicated, their motor function is already very hindered, so Sotherland's overuse of a taser is even further unnecessary because the person she used it against was drunk.
Rebecca Sotherland was guilty of unreasonable force after using a a taser 28 times on an intoxicated person. An intoxicated individual should not be that difficult to subdue or gain control of. Use of the taser one or two times should be sufficient to subdue anyone, but using the taser 28 times is abusive.
I do not know enough specifics about this case to make an educated comment on whether or not she was guilty of using unreasonable force on an intoxicated individual. However, I do know that in this country people are considered innocent until proven guilty. Intoxicated people can be very unpredictable and hard to put down. I would suspect that Rebecca Sotherland used the amount of force needed to protect herself and therefore should not be found guilty of unreasonable force.