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Thursday, November 16, 2006

"Stand up or you'll be tased again!"

Watch this video of a handcuffed student getting tasered multiple times, it'll send chills down you spine.

According to UCLA's Daily Bruin:
At around 11:30 p.m., CSOs asked a male student using a computer in the back of the room to leave when he was unable to produce a BruinCard during a random check. The student did not exit the building immediately.

The CSOs left, returning minutes later, and police officers arrived to escort the student out. By this time the student had begun to walk toward the door with his backpack when an officer approached him and grabbed his arm, at which point the student told the officer to let him go. A second officer then approached the student as well.

The student began to yell "get off me," repeating himself several times.

It was at this point that the officers shot the student with a Taser for the first time, causing him to fall to the floor and cry out in pain. The student also told the officers he had a medical condition.

UCPD officers confirmed that the man involved in the incident was a student, but did not give a name or any additional information about his identity.

Video shot from a student's camera phone captured the student yelling, "Here's your Patriot Act, here's your fucking abuse of power," while he struggled with the officers.

As the student was screaming, UCPD officers repeatedly told him to stand up and said "stop fighting us." The student did not stand up as the officers requested and they shot him with the Taser at least once more.

Tasers are dangerous but are increasingly used like cattle prods to force compliance from suspects or protestors.

In the last five years there have been over 200 Taser-related deaths and the still the maufacturer suggests their tasers be used on Passive Resistors:
While Taser’s materials have always focused on the need for “less-than-lethal” weapons to take down even the most violent, intoxicated and determined of assailants, the company also advocates use of their weapons on far less dangerous populations.

“Crowd Control: Passive Resisters,” a section of a CD-ROM Taser distributed to law enforcement agencies, intersperses footage of protesters at various demonstrations with instruction on how Taser stun gun probes can be used “to separate linked protesters.”

I find their marketing a bit odd as they employ a Matrix like flash animation to push their product. It's as if they're appealing to all the Agent Smiths out there.

The shock it delivers will stop an enraged pit bull and, even, knock over an adult bull. So how can they demand someone to stand up after given them 50,000 volts?

Shocking this student repeatedly is plain torture.

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