Friday, November 17, 2006

YouTube - UCLA Police Taser Student in Powell

YouTube - UCLA Police Taser Student in Powell

Shocking video, Despite being a young black male I have been foturnate to have never tangled with 5-o. This is mostly the result of my somewhat bourgeois up-bringing in Africa during my formative years and the fact that majority of my American experience was within the sheltered environment of the Williamstown purple bubble.

That said, the LAPD (UCLA PD but same difference!) dont play, from punching handcuffed people in the face (LAPD Beating Video) to tasering college kids that dont have their student ID on them. Interesting enough the kid that was tastered is called Mostafa Tabatabainejad, I have not seen the guy clearly but I would not be suprised if is sufferes from a mild-case of brown-color aka. middle-eastern looks. I am not saying with certainty that this played a part in the officers treatment of him or that they may have been more lenient if he was a blond haired and blue-eyed aryan, I'm just saying that the LAPD has a terrible record on police brutality and race/ethnic relations.

According to the Daily Bruin campus police "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".
When he didn't immediately vacate the building, the security operatives returned with police officers to escort him from the premises. The Daily Bruin continues: "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." The video shows the tasered shouting "Here's your Patriot Act, here's your fucking abuse of power", while refusing to get up. Shortly thereafter, the cops tasered him a second time for his trouble. Students who protested at the treatment were themselves threatened to keep their distance or cop a tasering. Laila Gordy, "a fourth-year economics student who was present in the library during the incident", claimed officers threatened to zap her "when she asked an officer for his name and his badge number". Eyewitness David Remesnitsky said of the incident: "It was the most disgusting and vile act I had ever seen in my life."

5 comments:

Brother Spotless said...

Honestly, that tape just shows that a kid was tasered. I can't tell if the police went overboard, and I can't tell if the kid did something wrong. If that is the only evidence in court (I am sure that it wouldn't be, but for argumentative purposes...), the police would get off, no doubt...

Brother Lightness said...

Sensational leftist propaganda?

Brother Spotless said...

LOL!!

Lightness will be sitting in for Sean Hannity for the next week...

Brother Afrocan said...
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Brother Afrocan said...

spotless, do you honestly think its necessary for the 3-4 police officers to taser an average ALREADY handcuffed male? He is not a huge football player or the article would have surely mentioned it and from the unclear video he appears of average build and he was unarmed.

He did do something wrong, he was in the library without his student ID and he refused to stand up when asked. I think that is clear. Why not just drag him out? why turn to him with a taser, even his fellow students were shocked by that. It is the same case with the video of the police officer punching an already subdued know gang-member. Going by your logic Spotless, because he is a known gang-member and has done something wrong then it is ok for the police to punch him in the face even though he is handcuffed. This is excessive force and it is wrong. It would be different if he was not handcuffed or was trying to flee or harm someone. Criminal or not, student or not, police officers should err on the side of caution when dealing with them. This is easier to ask than carry out, I know its a human reaction to get pissed-off and retaliate and use more force than is neccessary. But that is why they say with great power comes great responsibility.