Tuesday, July 29, 2008

"A Day Of Blogging For Justice" - Tasers...

"A Day of Blogging for Justice - Blogging Against Extra-Judicial Electrocution (Tasers)"

I recently wrote a blog post titled, “Are Tasers Instruments Of Racism?” This is clearly not a popular subject, but it does raise very legitimate questions. I asked the question because it would seem that African Americans are being unjustly targeted and tasered. I personally do not know if it is just African Americans that are being unjustly targeted but I do know that there is something very wrong with a justice system that would allow the unjust abuse of another human being and call it law enforcement. The use of tasers has only taken the place of the use of dogs and firehoses... I am concerned about the constant, brutal, and seemingly unbridalled use of tasers. There needs to be more indepth training on the use of tasers. There needs to be a closer look taken at tasers and the people who use them. There needs to be a deeper look into the storeis, incidents and allegations of the abuse of taser usage. So I am now joining with a group of bloggers who all have very real concerns and questions about the use of tasers. These are just a couple of stories about taser use that concern me...

  1. A recent story of a now dead 21 year old African American male in Louisiana who was tasered NINE times over the course of 30 minutes, went into cardiac arrest and died while handcuffed in police custody raises definite questions. The coroner has listed the death as a HOMICIDE on the death certificate. The officer responsible was on a paid suspension but has since been terminated from the force. But this termination does not bring back life...
  2. A deaf man was tasered in his bathroom after police busted into his apartment following a bogus call...
  3. A 66 year old pastor was tasered and beat by hospital guards and then the hospital presses charges against him...
  4. A blind woman tasered when police come to her home looking for her son. She is being charged with assault on an officer and with resisting arrest...
  5. A polish immigrant is tasered to death by customs officer in Vancouver airport...
  6. A pregnant woman tasered when she goes to the police for help and was clearly in need of mental assistance...
  7. And the disturbing story of a SIX YEAR OLD BOY who was tasered by police in his elementary school...
The stories go on and on. We want to know what is going to be done about this epidemic? When will it stop? Why are there no politicians involved in this situation? Clearly the use of tasers is out of control, and something must be done.
The U.N. says that tasers are a form of torture... So why are police officers still inflicting this "torture" on people? And why is nothing being done to stop them??

What do you think???



4 People Saying Something!

Madel 30 July, 2008 10:52

aproving ur advert..entercard..

ShAĆ© - ShAĆ© 30 July, 2008 16:13

They should be banned.

Jazzylady 31 July, 2008 01:33

Regina, we recently had a 20 year old deaf child who was tasered and and died! If memory serves he may have a heart condition they didn't know about. Racist? Yes! They only use it on poor people, namely us.

Oh, your granddaughter is a real cutie.

Tina 31 July, 2008 19:33

Interesting. I read the one about the 6 year old....and an out of control 6 year old who's solidly built can definitely inflict harm without a weapon so I can only imagine what one with a weapon can do. Was using a taser justified? It may have been the safest way to deal with a kid that's out of control, mentally unstable, and cutting himself to bits in the first place. Safest for the kid and everyone else. I don't know though. I wasn't there.

But I do think taser use is out of control. There has to be a better way than to shock people into submission - esp since you don't know what medical conditions those people may have and the effect that an electric shock could have on them.

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