A frustratingly common argument in favor of widespread Taser use goes as follows: "Mike, Tasers are not that big of a deal. Every new officer in the police academy gets tased. Are you saying we are torturing our own cadets?!" Superficially, that's not a bad argument. In reality, it's an embarrassingly weak one.
In training in the police academy when police get tased, there are EMTs on site. The floors are padded. Other officers are there to “spot” the officers.
On the streets, a motorist doesn't have an EMT to monitor him for heart conditions. He has no one to prevent him from landing on the concrete, causing him to lose teeth. In short, a real-life tasering is nothing like a police academy tasering.
This video should put the, "Cops get tased, too!" argument to bed: