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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Police in Texas taser torture for low-level, non-violent misdemeanors like disruption of class or disorderly conduct
Texas Appleseed claims the Spring Branch Independent School District is putting students at risk and violating the law by refusing to release its "use of force" policy.
More than 75 percent of Spring Branch, a suburb northwest of Houston, is black or Latino. The school district claims its use of force policy is exempt from disclosure because of the exception for law enforcement.
Texas Appleseed says it sent open records requests to 24 Texas school districts, seeking their police departments' use of force policies, and 11 produced the documents. The group say its investigation revealed accounts of police in Texas public schools using pepper spray and Tasers on students.
"The public interest in ensuring full dialogue around policies relating to use force on Texas school children outweighs any risk to SBISD-PD's ability to affect arrests or engage in law enforcement on its campuses," Texas Appleseed says in its complaint in Harris County Court.
Appleseed says that reports of Texas school police using pepper spray and Tasers on school children are becoming more common. It says the data its has received shows the "overwhelming majority of law enforcement interventions on Texas school campuses involve school-aged children cited or arrested for low-level, non-violent misdemeanors like disruption of class or disorderly conduct." Read More HERE
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Attorney Albert Goins is suing the City of Minneapolis on behalf of his client, Rolando Ruiz. They're asking for $75,000 and that the officer involved be reprimanded.
The video given to WCCO starts only seconds before the Taser is used on Ruiz, not what led up to the incident. But in that time, no struggle can be seen before the officer used his Taser on Ruiz. What is seen is Ruiz with his hands on the hood of the officer's car.
The dash camera of the squad car was rolling when the officer approached Ruiz with Taser in hand. see Video HERE
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The stats only tell part of the story. I'm glad to note that there will be a annual December 4th blogging event called, “Stop Taser Torture, blogging for Justice.”
The goal is to unite the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day – Taser Torture in America, Canada and throughout the world.
Amnesty International says that between 2001 and August 2008, 334 Americans died after Taser shocks. The stun gun was deemed to have caused or contributed to at least 50 of those deaths, Amnesty says, citing medical examiners and coroners. Most suspects were unarmed, and many were subjected to repeated or prolonged shocks, according to Amnesty. The human rights group has called for governments to limit the use of stun guns or suspend their use. In November 2007, the UN Committee Against Torture released a statement saying “use of Taser X26 weapons, provoking extreme pain, constituted a form of torture, and… in certain cases, it could also cause death.”
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Saturday, October 24, 2009
As reported in the NY Post, The widow of an NYPD lieutenant who one year ago today shot himself to death after being publicly blamed for a deadly Taser incident is suing the city, claiming police brass contributed to the suicide by scapegoating her husband.
The lawsuit, filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court, alleges that Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and NYPD spokesman Paul Browne slandered Michael Pigott after the Sept. 24, 2008, Taser incident.
"These actions caused Michael Pigott to become humiliated, distraught, depressed," Susan Pigott says in court papers, "and caused him to commit suicide."
Michael Pigott, 46, was in charge of the team that responded to a call for help from the mother of Iman Morales, an emotionally disturbed man who was standing naked on a first-story ledge of his Bed-Stuy building. Morales, 35, fell to his death after Pigott ordered a sergeant to Tase him.
Amid a public outcry, Browne and Kelly indicated that cops had mishandled the situation and that the officer in charge had been suspended. More HERE
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