11.16.2006

UCLA Cops Abuse Power

A UCLA library user who didn't show his student id to police was Tasered on his way out of the building, after using the computer lab. Other students who tried to get the police to stop, or give out their names and badge numbers were then threatened with the taser.

"It was the most disgusting and vile act I had ever seen in my life," said David Remesnitsky, a 2006 UCLA alumnus who witnessed the incident."

Well, David, that's nice that you're so sheltered you've never seen anything more disgusting and vile than that. I'd have had a more cynical response, having seen police abusing power many many times. The police in Los Angeles have a reputation for being particularly violent. Having seen countless acts of police brutality and sexual harrasment (including stories of rape, or asking for sexual favors as bribes) to kids during the 80s, I'm glad tasers weren't around then.

I'm, unfortunately, not shocked.

This kind of abuse of power must be stopped. I'm glad the students have been as vocal about witnessing this act of torture. Taser guns can kill, especially those most vulnerable, with sensitive systems, physical or mental problems, who may find themselves in confusing situations more frequently than others.

[Daily Bruin, via Boing Boing]

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