Bomb Throwing Pacifist
Friday, November 17, 2006
From today's Daily Bruin:
Mostafa Tabatabainejad, a 23-year-old UCLA student, was hit with a Taser at least four times after he was unable to produce his BruinCard during a random check of all people in the CLICC Lab and did not leave the building promptly upon request[...]
[...]UCPD Assistant Chief of Police Jeff Young has said that during Tuesday's incident, officers likely had no way of knowing whether Tabatabainejad was armed, and said the force was used based on Tabatabainejad's uncooperative behavior.
But Dolovich said it often takes more than strong language on the part of a suspect to justify use of force by police.
"Given the setting, given that you have Powell Library, unless there's some evidence that the student was more than just verbally belligerent, it would be hard for me to believe (that police had no other way to restrain him)," she said.
No shit. If a guy goes limp to the ground or refuses to move, there are easier ways of making him comply than pulling out a taser and giving him a 3-5 second blast in "Pain Compliance" mode. They're called arm locks, pressure points, and joint manipulation. Ask any prison guard or correctional officer. Or properly trained police officer for that matter. Fucking college campus police. Here is the video (warning, extremely disturbing content).