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@aromanoffs‘ favorite Nats moment: “Ramos throwing out the first pitch at game 1 of the NLDS. I was there and I cried.”

@fourpennies’ favorite Nats moment: “I have a more bittersweet one, but it’s the one that I’m most emotional about: Wilson throwing out the first pitch in game one, with Loby catching, and getting to chant WILLLLLSOOONN one more time. His injury is by far the worst thing that happened this year, and I’m glad we got to show our appreciation for him.“

I debated making a gifset, but the stream I was watching when this happened actually didn’t show the full video, so I just went ahead and posted it in case other people were in the same boat. Turn on the audio - it gave me chills.

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How many times last year did police pull a Taser on suspects nationwide?

Just like the total number of people shot by police, no one knows for sure.

Connecticut is the first state to require police to fill out a form for every time they pull a Taser. And it just released the first-ever statewide report on how police use them.

Police use stun guns against suspects who show what cops consider threatening and resistant behavior. The shock can get them to follow orders, and according to police, Tasers can level the playing field.

“You’re not depending just on size and strength in order to arrest someone,” says Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik. “Even a small-statured officer against a larger individual can still have a Taser as a tool to use to gain compliance.”

Kulhawik says Tasers are effective tools because neither the officer nor the suspect are usually injured. But he admits Tasers can be abused, and in extreme cases can result in death.

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Photos: Hansi Lo Wang/NPR