Friday, November 17, 2006

Student shot repeatedly with taser by University of California Police officers

University police officers at UCLA tasered a student who was working at the Powell Library computer lab at 11:30pm because he didn't have an id card and he did not want an officer to physically handle him (grab his arm) as he left the building.

If a person is tasered he will not be able to stand up immediately after being shot. To shoot him again for "refusing to comply" strikes me as an application of excessive force.

One of the police officers threatened to taser bystanders when they him to stop tasering the student on the ground.

There is a Youtube video of this. I can't bring myself to watch it. I am already furious and I don't want to start crying.

What happened to the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?

This is not right. It has to get fixed. As a nation we have imprisoned ourselves in our fear.


Anonymous said...

Those people need to be trained!

No-one should be allowed a weapon unless they are fully aware of the implications of using that weapon and how it works!!

I hope that guy gets fired.

rfthmp! said...

Hm, maybe i'll just study at home... though that would NEVER happen on the UC Berkeley campus.

the student was being obnoxious and egging them on, but that still does not excuse the excessive use of force.
gross, gross, gross.
the video isn't graphic, just loud.