any confusion that you may have about the 50,000 volt tasers being used by ppb in a protest may be addressed by familiarizing yourself with knowledge of the ppb levels of control and approved uses of force. the approved uses of force for strictly passive resistance include 1. presence and/or 2. verbal requests, questioning, orders and/or 3. control holds, pressure point control. that is all.
however, once an intent to engage in physical resistance has been indicated, the following types of force are approved: 4. aerosol restraint and/or 5. taser: touch stun and/or taser probes.
the actor's intent (you) will be interpreted by the officer at the time the decision to use a level of force is made. intent to engage in physical resistance can include the tightening of neck muscles, the narrowing of eyes, drawing back the arm as if preparing to strike, tightening/narrowing lips, verbal threats to escalate, veins "popping", intent to kick, moving forward after being ordered back, etc. in other words, small indicators may be used to articulate the intent to engage in physical resistance and will be described in the use of force report by the officer. should the officer "misinterpret" the true intent behind the perceived intent, doubt will likely go to the officer's benefit.
hopefully this will clear up any misperceptions of when and how tasers may lawfully be used in protest situations. of course, anything moving further up the levels of control into aggressive behaviors or intent will be dealt with at a higher level of force which i will not address here.