Saturday, August 1st, 2009
I’ve been late on a few major taser stories in the news lately. A quick rundown:
Alabama police tase three times, pepper-spray, arrest, and jail deaf, retarded man because he took too long in a Dollar General store bathroom, and didn’t come out when called. Here’s the “you’ve got to be kidding me” part: “A spokesman for the Mobile Police Department said the officers’ actions were justified because the man was armed with a potential weapon — an umbrella.” They went ahead and jailed him even after learning about his deafness and severe mental disability.
Police tase a grandfather and a pregnant woman after responding to a noise complaint. Bonus points: The grandfather is a “church family counselor and a bible study teacher.” Double bonus points: They were responding to a child’s baptism party.
Boise police effectively sodomize a man with a taser, then threaten to tase his genitals, too. He was handcuffed at the time. He was tased apparently for protesting while the officers were on top of him that he could breathe. Link includes audio.
Kelley Vlahos on taserings and police shootings.