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New Audio Tapes Released in Case of Wheelchair-Bound Woman Who Was Tasered to Death By Police


Society & Culture  (tags: taser, police, diasbled woman, taser killing, Green Cove Springs, Florida, Florida police )

RC
- 2534 days ago - firstcoastnews.com
Can you believe the police were EXONERATED? Read this story...there's a video too...how much lower can law enforcement sink? We truly should be living in fear for our lives in this fascist country that used to be America the Beautiful. Thank you, Tsandi.



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Jaclin S. (230)
Friday September 21, 2007, 5:05 pm
How has it come to this - is it one man's evilness that has caused the upheaval America is going through - we must hope that a solution to this will be found pdq and that everything WILL BE back to NORMAL and we can all MOVE ON looking forward to a BETTER & BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR AMERICA & HER PEOPLE!!! Love, Light & Peace
 

RC deWinter (418)
Friday September 21, 2007, 5:19 pm
It is truly an evil day for us when a disabled, mentally-handicapped individual is killed by police and they get away with it.
 

. (0)
Friday September 21, 2007, 5:20 pm
Why would the police taser someone in a wheelchair, Was this person holding a weapon? I mean surley they could have done something else, Why not peper spray that usally does the job. This is going to far
 

serge vrabec (279)
Friday September 21, 2007, 5:20 pm
That is very sad Cate.......
 

Denise Lytle (539)
Friday September 21, 2007, 5:26 pm
It seems like people are getting tasered left & right! This particualr case is the saddest, most frightening of all...
 

Past Member (0)
Friday September 21, 2007, 5:27 pm
Thank you Cate.... This is so horrifing for any disabled person, this could happen to anyone. I feel for the family.
Noted
 

Dave Kane (308)
Friday September 21, 2007, 5:39 pm
I'd like to see a Reliable study showing that deaths caused by police gunfire are down because of the use of the 'non-lethal' taser. That is the argument that was/is given on behalf of taser use by police.

Common Sense Alert:

Just north of Austin, police department leaders in Pflugerville had a revolutionary idea a couple of years ago: Study Tasers and talk to the community before deciding how to use them. It’s a course that may put the 29,000-population town ahead of many major cities.

“We had a long, drawn-out process before we ever implemented [Tasers],” said Police Capt. Jim McLean, Pflugerville PD’s second-in-command. “We had a public forum first. ... We said, ‘We want you to come out, we’re going to demonstrate the different force options our officers have.’ “

“We had all these people come in, we showed them bean-bag shotguns (another “less-lethal” weapon), we showed them different take-down techniques we use, different self-defense tactics. Then we went to the Taser. One of our lieutenants, they actually shot him with it.”

After the forum, McLean said, police officials got feedback from citizens and “kept that in mind as we drafted policies and procedures.” The result is a set of parameters that, if followed, could conceivably prevent many of the situations that have ended in deaths and severe injuries in other cities.

-- The above is an excerpt from an excellent article which you'll find here.
 

Eyes O. (411)
Friday September 21, 2007, 5:41 pm
I hope they sue the ever-loving pants off this police department. To even "think" of tasering someone in a wheelchair is unthinkable, no less 10 times. They murdered her with tasers!!

Article end:
"When all the evidence comes out, there was a much better way to handle this. There is no reason for Emily Delafield to not still be alive," says Alexander.

The family is planning to sue the police department.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday September 21, 2007, 5:46 pm
I am appalled at the use of these weapons as so many die from their effects...if the person has a bad heart or other health issues they are deadly...they are now using them here in Australia too....and they are inhumane and against the Geneva Convention..it is time to take action....these crazy weapons are being used by prison wardens as well... who the hell do they think they are..what will be used next by THE FAT CONTROLLERS.......
 

Carol W. (119)
Friday September 21, 2007, 5:46 pm

Taser Crazed... Must be like using Viagra, they just can't stop when they know they have it.
 

xochi Y. (54)
Friday September 21, 2007, 5:50 pm
You're right, Denise; it seems many cops use them at the slightest provocation. Remember this Amnesty International report (which largely has been ignored by law enforcement officials) from a few years ago?:
Amnesty International's continuing concerns about taser use
 

xochi Y. (54)
Friday September 21, 2007, 5:58 pm
Taser victims include our non-human friends, too:
Tasers to be tested on cocaine-drugged pigs
 

Denise S. (7)
Friday September 21, 2007, 6:03 pm
Afraid she was going to hurt someone or herself! So, instead of allowing her to hurt herself...they execute her. Did they seriously believe she was going to come after them in a wheelchair? Sad, tragic, and criminal.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday September 21, 2007, 6:35 pm
you know what it dosen't matter that she had a weapon she was ina friggin wheelchair for gods sake. That could have been my mother they did that to.
 

. (0)
Friday September 21, 2007, 6:40 pm
theres no hell in heaven God Bless her
 

Gail L. (30)
Friday September 21, 2007, 7:00 pm
Noted, this is a very sad story,
 

Val L. (23)
Friday September 21, 2007, 7:00 pm
How terribly sad.A defenseless woman could be tasered to death.There had to be other options for the police to take.I can't believe they got away with it.There should be something done about these weapons.
 

(1)
Friday September 21, 2007, 7:17 pm
This is just a very sad day for America More and more people are getting out of control in all walks of life and it is becomeing like "I AM THE LAW" I think we are going the wrong way :)
 

Past Member (0)
Friday September 21, 2007, 7:59 pm
Noted/thanks/
 

Elsa ED (231)
Friday September 21, 2007, 8:29 pm
If I understand correctly she was actually tasered 20 times and the cops got off the hook BEFORE all the evidence was in. That is murder for sure. Absolutely. She was also the one who called the police. She didn't call them to come and kill her. She was calling for help. She probably didn't intend to actually hurt anyone. schizophrenics will call the police when they know they need medical help more times then not. I know a number of them that do just that. The seem to know they need attention and really don't intend to hurt anyone. Obviously the police don't know dick about the illness. But then again most people don't. Also being in a wheel chair how much damage could she actually do? She could have been talked out of it. Taken to a hospital and everything would have been fine. I would have to say she wanted help, she knew she needed it and that is why she called the police. Bottom line she wanted medical attention. She knew she needed it as well.
 

Jennie B. (14)
Friday September 21, 2007, 8:58 pm
It's obvious they will TAZER anyone they WANT to Tazer....it could be YOU and it could be ME next. They don't seem to care as long as the person SUBMITS to their authority. Where is the America I used to know-was it all just a dream, or did it really exist once upon a time? Noted.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday September 21, 2007, 9:03 pm
AND WE'RE TO RESPECT POLICE??????!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'VE READ & SEEN ENOUGH ON HERE & TV TO MAKE ME SO DAMM ANGRY AND PHYS. ILL AT TIMES!! TAKE THE BLINDFOLD OFF OF THE JUSTICE SCALES!! IT'S BEEN TO BLIND FOR TO LONG!!!!!! AND THE COPS INVOLVED HAD BEST GET SOME JAIL TIME AND ANGER MANAGEMENT,AND I'M ALSO SICK OF SEEING OBEASE COPS!! AND EMT'S!!!!! SHAMEFUL! I HOPE THE VICTUMS & FAMILILES SUE THE FAT RIGHT OFF THIS EVIL ACTIONS BY THE LAW!!!!!!!!!
 

Bobbie W. (113)
Friday September 21, 2007, 9:14 pm
Big brave cops-NOT!! I can't believe tasering her was the only wat to control the situation. I guess there's no need to use your head when you have a weapon handy. This is just sad and disturbing!
 

Lisa Swift (79)
Friday September 21, 2007, 10:05 pm
According to the manufacturer, cops are supposed to go through special training in the use of the taser. Obviously these guys were trained by the Gestapo! They tortured this woman till she died, and she a schizophrenic in a wheelchair! Then they were exonerated before all the evidence was in... What a crock!

Where is the ACLU??? With the local exoneration of these miscreants, it would seem that they should get involved, because there was a clear violation of her Constitutional right to life!

As a disabled person who is also wheelchair-bound, I am afraid... very afraid!!!!

Noted! Thanks, Cate!
 

Orlin Larsen (80)
Friday September 21, 2007, 10:13 pm
One of the first things the police force learns in training is on the shooting range. With the targets being of human figure. Of course we know the bulls-eye being the area of the heart which insures a certain death. And as we all also know how often does this some times occurance actually come into realistic being. And especially when one suspect is surrounded by a force with all ther weapons drawn. All it takes is one shot by a incompetent cop, and they all unload their magazines............ Ah but now we have the tasars, after thousands suits being filed for wrongful deaths because of incompetance with a fire arm. So now incompetance can be avoided? And it shows in their ideology, and it shows in the news also lately and quite frequently. They can even now in front of numerous witnesses taser the hell out of a subject whether their life threatening, or simply being a disturbance that isnt appreciated. After all the taser is meant for subdoing a subject helpless, not for taking their life? Right?...............As long as these kind of practices take place they are nothing but policing agents, or cops, and dont deserve the title of peace officers. Are we trying to unfold the distant terminology used not so long ago. Pigs?
 

Monica Rega (96)
Friday September 21, 2007, 10:24 pm
Can someone copy and paste the story part and not the video??(can't view video on the home pc).. since there's a video in it too it won't load the entire thing.. i get a blank screen.. damn computer.. its my dial up its soo slow lots of things won't load.. like its too much and takes soo long it loses the server or something...
 

Orlin Larsen (80)
Friday September 21, 2007, 10:30 pm
Andrew Meyer, a 21-year-old student at the University of Florida, was assaulted by police officers yesterday immediately after asking Sen. John Kerry if he was associated with the Skull and Bones Society. Uniformed police officers brutally assaulted Meyer with a taser, jolting him with tens of thousands of volts of electricity as he screamed, "Help! Help me!" to a room full of astonished onlookers. The mainstream media is censoring the truth of this story, refusing to report the nature of the question asked by Meyer immediately preceding his brutal arrest and kidnapping (see below) by assaulting police officers.

A video of the event, filmed by Kyle Mitchell, is making the rounds on the internet and is available now at YouTube.com: http://youtube.com/watch?v=6bVa6jn4rpE

The two-minute video shows officers grabbing Meyer's arms, throwing him to the ground and then, after Meyer is already secured on the ground, blasting him with a taser.

 

Denice G. (45)
Friday September 21, 2007, 11:45 pm
Noted How sad is this, the police feel the need to taser and kill a disabled woman in a wheel chair.
 

Margaret B. (164)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 2:10 am
Because of this kind of thing being ALLOWED by freaks in uniform being wheelchair bound myself I do not go out unless it is absolutely necessary. Have come to believe that the men and women who put on the uniform of police or guard do so because they are control addicts and this gives them a chance to prove their control, it is time for us to take back our countries and our control of our lives and not have to live in fear of the very people we are PAYING to protect us from the BAD!
 

Dolores H. (2)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 3:54 am
With all the training these police officers received, you'd think they'd be able to subdue this women in a more humane manner. This is truly shameful.
 

Patrick Cardwell (24)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 3:58 am
If I hadn't watched the report, I would have bet you, this happened in Orleans Parrish ...
 

John Blalock (48)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 4:28 am
If you have read any of my comments, you will see what I think of the police. I have been speaking out against cops for many,many years. I have seen there actions up close. They are basicly cowards, they know they have backup. One will lie & 15 will swear to it.. Imagine not being able to take those weapons from that old lady. It`s a very bad & evil thing. These cops are not only mean, nasty. noncaring, violate our Rights everyday, but personaly low life people. Just look a cop in the eye, if they have the balls to & you will see the meaness. THEY HAVE FORGOTTEN WHO THEY REALLY WORK FOR. Public Servants!!! Here say that to one & you will find yourself locked up. Freedom of speech, gone. Justice, no such thing.
People are now starting to see how these jerks are, but this has been going on for a long time. People, a very larg number, just turn there backs. I live in St. Lucie County Florida & am very sorry for that. Your everyday person does not have any idea whats going on here. People go home to ther gated communities, lock the door & screw everything else. They say `well I haven`t done any thing wrong` why should I worry. The answer is because are Rights have been & are being slowly taken away from us & more then likely they just haven`t been caught. Yet!!! A cop can just walk into your house if the door is unlocked. What Rights.
Remember there are 3 different laws in this country, one for the rich, one for the cops & one for the poor!!! Some people will say `well there are some good cops`, but there are some good goverment employees. But look what shape our country is in, Or shoul say THERE country. Because it sure in hell isn`t ours any more. Stand up & fight for your Rights. `Live Free or Die. Power to the People. John
 

Carol Green (75)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 6:11 am
This is the worst taser incident that I have heard of! The police are using these taser guns on anybody and everybody these days.They went way too far.In fact I do not think they should have ever used the taser on this women.Did she not already have enough troubles in life!!This is so sad.
 

Stephen Hannon (203)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 6:19 am
The police acted inapproriately. They could have removed the hammer and the other objects she had without using taser guns on her. How the police were exonerated is beyond me. They acted with excessive force.

Noted.
 

Tsandi Crew (95)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 6:32 am
In the video I saw on MSNBC yesterday morning, the woman was trying to get away from the police officer, and was diving out of her chair onto the ground, was on the ground and screaming. The police officer went over to her and tased her again. She was no threat to the police officer.

Here is what I want to know. Why was it never picked up by any other media all day long, and never shown anywhere again in the news, especially after the incident with the student being tased?

We are having so much news kept from us, it is very scary. The news media is our last best hope for freedom in this country. Without the news, we have no way of knowing what is going on......yes, we do have the internet....

More people watch TV than get their news on the internet. The people in the middle of the country get their news from the television. I happen to get MSNBC because I subscribe to all of the channels on DISH because I had to get them all in order to get the SCIFI channel. Not everyone gets Hardball with Chris Matthews, or Countdown with Keith Olbermann....nor the commentary between the two, which is very educational.

The people who get their news from the internet are not all on the coasts, but more are there than in the middle of the country......where I'm going with this is, that the people in the middle are the ones that muck up the elections.

I hate the fact that the moment we put a weapon in the hands of an American, we start acting like a kid who has been told he's boss for the day...... No wisdom, No maturity, No sense......Blackwater all over again....face of America. Uglier than anyone could have imagined in the '60s when the book came out.

When this kind of thing doesn't get put on the news in the right way, we don't see ourselves. When it gets put on in the wrong way, it is seen as an OK thing to do.

So we see Brittany Spears and OJ Simpson all day instead of the murder of a woman in a wheel chair by a taser toting policeman , and the policeman gets off and no one notices. Just insane.

Thankfully there is a place on Keith Olbermann's blog where viewers can comment. And I will. For those who have never watched him, you have missed some of the finest journalist essays reaming the Shrub you could ever have heard.

You just go to MSNBC...and go to his blog. I just pick a subject and say...."this is off subject, but.... "and I complain about the subject of my choice, because MSNBC, as all the others, choose what is reported about........I don't know what connection the Shrub has with the news media. . . . . . .

Thank you so much, Cate, for posting this for me. It was so truly scary to see. I hope I'm never in this woman's shoes.
 

Tsandi Crew (95)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 6:39 am
I'd better clarify "muck up the elections".....in the last couple of elections, all the democrat states seemed to be on the coasts.....We aren't seeming to get good news in the middle....here in New Mexico, a red state, we have our news cut off. I'm guessing that doesn't happen in the coastal states.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 7:16 am
sadly noted...;)
 

Sheila K. (127)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 7:41 am
This makes me sick to my stomach...I just saw something this morning (Sat.) on one of those Morning Shows about a girl in San Diego being tasered and from what I could see she wasn't a threat, had NO weapons and was tasered not only once, but multiple times. It makes a person afraid to walk outside their home for fear they may do something as perceived as "harmful to others". What has happened to this country is not only immoral, unjust, but outrageously unbelievable....
 

Joycey B. (750)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 7:45 am
I believe this country has gone taser crazy. But on someone in a wheel chair ! They are pathetic. There is no excuse for this. Noted. Thanks Cate.
 

Kris H. (133)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 8:47 am
OK--this was completely WRONG. But there is also no need to think of ALL police officers as power-tripping crazed shoot-happy idiots.

I work with police officers every day. Yes, some of them are assholes, just as there are assholes on every job (look around you!) But eventually it catches up with them. Most of them are just like you and me, trying to make a living, raising their families, taking care of business, but in their case the job might cost them their lives. They face that possibility every day (but no excuse for this incident, either).

I have also worked with people with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. They are often very much misunderstood by others. She was probably scared to death of whoever she thought was trying to harm her, thus the knives and the hammer. I wouldn't be nearly as scared of her as those officers were.

The fact that the officers in this case apparently didn't take the time to try to talk her down is extremely disturbing. They obviously lacked training in both the proper use of tasers and in dealing with people with mental illness.

When I worked in the state hospital system I disarmed more than one person by talking them into giving me their weapon, ranging from broken table legs to large shards of glass. If I, completely and totally UNarmed, could do that, so could the police. Especially when she wasn't able to get up and chase them with it.

This is a failure on the part of the entire police department in that location, and I hope the proper people can be held accountable.

But once again, let's not make this about ALL police officers. You'll still want to have one to call on if you're ever in trouble, I'm certain...
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 8:55 am
Taser Cops Gone Wild!!!! They need to be fired without pay!!! Noted!!!!
 

Mary H. (47)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 11:41 am
Very sad...noted ty Cate
 

Brenda H. (29)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 12:20 pm
Sadly noted Cate.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 12:28 pm
Where is the outrage? Why isn't Hillary Clinton talking about this publicly?

Why isn't every woman in the U$A marching on Wa$hington to $top thi$ illegal hara$$ment?

Vote every single incumbent out of Congre$$ .. let's start over ...
 

Esther S. (45)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 1:35 pm
I read that one of the police officers tasered her 9 times and the other one tasered her once. I think that the one who tasered her 9 times is the one who should get the blame. In the event someone does need to be tasered, why would they need to be tasered nine times?
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 2:07 pm
It is truly sad to know that an officer is threaten by a disable person that he had to taser her. I think that they are using this devices for the wrong reasons. They are meant to be used when a person gets violate and they don't want to use a club or gun. My prayer is with this woman's family.
 

BarbCat SunshineLady (1645)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 3:03 pm
I'M WHEELCHAIR BOUND ALSO, SO IF I CARRIED A GUN ON MY PERSON, WOULD I BE TASERED TO DEATH, TOO?? EVERY PERSON ON THIS PLANET DESERVES THE RIGHT TO PROTECT THEMSELVES!!!!! BUT TO BE TASERED TO DEATH BY THE POLICE?? CATE, IT IS NOT FAIR!! WE NEED TO START A PETITION ABOUT THIS....SADLY NOTED, THANK YOU CATE.....
 

Rod Gesner (66)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 4:17 pm
My Girlfriend is in a wheelchair and has Been Thrown on the ground for not gettting out of Cars Fast enough for the cops; She has PTSD Issues relating to that and Being Raised By A Racist Corrupt Vice Cop Who Abused her Horrribly..! She has a Hatred fpr Cops that only A multiple Victim Could Understand and I fear that some day it might Get Her Shot or Tasered I used to believe that they would show commpassion and Not Brutalise a 60# Woman in a wheelchair But after hearing what has happened to her I lost all Respect and Trust in Law enforcement; Even though they may be Good People trying to Serve and Protect;Unfortunately Like Soldiers or Bikers Thier loyalty is to the TEAM and So The Lowest common Denominator Often Leads them into Actions that one officer might not have taken on his own. So I treat every cop with the "Respect" you would give someone who may have Anger Issues; has a Gun And KNOWS HE Can use it with Little Consequense.!...! Now with TASERS they Can Shoot You Multiple Times Watch you Dance and Then SAy They Were Trying to prevent you from hurting yourself.!..! Yeah Right Sadistic Chickenshirts.!...!...
No one Should be Allowed to Work in Law enforcement or Justice Without First haveing to Spend A Few Weeks on the Street without Money or a Home And then A Few more in a County Lockup, a Mental Ward and a Prison (On the streets the might find themselves thrown into Jail For alot of reasons) Then They might Be Able To understand A little Better Why The people They are Arresting, Resist: They Fear the Places The Cops Might Send Them More Than they Fear DEATH at that moment; an officer who has Been There and understands why They Fear Being "Helped" Might Be able To Show A little more Commpassion and Empathy and Talk them Down instead of Shooting them Down.!....!
 

Marc Hicks (3)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 4:38 pm
I have seen worse than this iif anything can be worse than this. Do not be too alarmed but a new taser device has been deployed that can taser an entire crowd of people at one time. They are just itching for a place to use it, so maybe the next anti war ralley???
 

Theresa Chartrand (67)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 4:44 pm
So wrong and I hope the cops pay highly!!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 4:49 pm
A government that does not value the Human rights is not a government. A government that allows this
sort of Human Rights abuse is criminal.
 

Suzybell H. (199)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 5:49 pm
This so very sad. It is no doubt a case of excessive abuse on the fault of the officers. I hope the family gets an
apology as well as compensation. This should never have happened but sometimes people get a little overzealous
 

Tassa Rose (13)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 7:05 pm
Seems there is no JUSTICE anymore...the officers were wrong....If our Society begins to tolerate this as "normal" then we shall be in a Police State very soon, in my opinion.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 7:38 pm
Thanks Cate, good topic..noted...I never liked taser guns, they send to much voltage, shock to the victim, did you ever see anyone get tasered? or felt it?...it's quite painful...what happened to the poor innocent woman shouldn't have happened to a dog...how helpless was she?.....and besides, how many was the ratio 10-1...very sad for her, let her R.I.P..poor soul...that was so unnecessary...I would like to know what happened to the ole black nightstick the police used to carry around?...just because it got more dangerous in the world doesn't mean all people are considered to be a threat...that really bothers me..using a taser on a helpless, handicapped woman....SHAME ON THEM...this is disgusting on their part, and I can only say, that karma can't bite them hard enough in the ass for this....not only that but the poor woman passes in the process, thats what makes this case so very sad....I can't say enough against using taser guns...they're dangerous....thats all I know...
FreeSpiritRunning....
 

Carolyn T. (234)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 8:47 pm
Well, nothing--and I mean NOTHING--has caused me to feel this distressed. The trickle-down theory at work: when the President of your country breaks the law, devalues human life, lies, sees no real value in providing better health care for indigent children, seniors, and those who suffer from treatable medical conditions such as this woman's the dominoes begin to fall. It was deliberate kill and overkill--target practice with the taser. It took two armed "professional" police officers to kill a sick woman in a wheelchair. When you get older, you become more vulnerable to unprovoked attacks to begin with. Add a cane or be in a wheelchair and most people are angry that you are even out on the street or in the stores slowing things down. I've heard the complaints that "these people" need to be assigned days and hours when "busy, normal people" aren't trying to shop. I've experienced this type of discrimination first-hand and I am never more reluctant to leave my apartment than on the days when I must use a cane or walker, let alone a wheel chair. I am incensed by this and if those two "officers of the law" aren't already suspended without pay and fired by mid-week there is reason for people in that community to be afraid...very, very afraid for the police are no longer there to serve and protect them.
 

Charles Q. (20)
Saturday September 22, 2007, 11:38 pm
The real reason for the existence of a police force ISN'T to protect citizens from criminals but vice-versa, to protect a municipality and the ruling elite from the citizens.

The following definition is from Jeffrey Reiman's The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison, 2nd ed., Ideology, Class, And Criminal Justice.
"In particular, entertain the idea that the goal of our criminal justice system is not to reduce crime or to achieve justic, but to project to the American public a visible image of the threat of crime. To do this, it must maintain the existence of a sizable or growing population of `criminals.' And to do this, it must fail in the struggle to reduce crime."
Police units serve at the behest of Politicians and the Ruling Elite. They don't care about the vox populi; who they regard as the enemy anyway!

If you're not already familiar with Howard Zinn's A People's History Of The United States 1492 - Present (ISBN 0-06-052837-0); or the Underside of American History, Other Readings the 4th ed. Vol 2, (ISBN 0-15-592851-1) get them! They'll enlighten you as to the origins of police brutality-- this isn't something new.

Further: the following article: The Weird Russian Mind-Control Research Behind a DHS (Department of Homeland Security) Contract by Sharon Weinberger http://www.wired.com/print/politics/secuty/news/2007/09/mind_reading

We are headed down a very slippery slope folks. :C
 

ME T. (471)
Sunday September 23, 2007, 12:57 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHgIsJ69HgI
UF Student Tasered - The Breakdown
University of Florida student, Andrew Meyer, was "tasered" for asking questions to John Kerry. In all the excitement some key details of the scene are hi-lighted and pointed out that you may not have noticed.
 

ME T. (471)
Sunday September 23, 2007, 1:12 am
Oops, I meant to post that on a different topic but since I ‘goofed’ here, I have to say that I am horrified by this and the frequency this type of ‘practice’ has become and the mounting number of death/serious injuries in other incidents where Tasers are being ‘abused’ by law officials. So even though the ‘results’ from the Tasering of the ‘kid’ and of this woman are completely different, this ‘just Taser them’ mentality is extremely disturbing.

Difference:
The woman ‘killed’ was in a wheelchair, mentally ill, threatening to hurt herself and others, unable to comprehend reality and/or events taking place and why, physically/mentally unable to ‘attempt’ to ‘pull away/defend’ herself and she was ‘armed’ with 2 knives and a hammer. 2 Tasers were used on her 10 times while she was in her wheelchair. Number of officers involved in her ‘death’ is not made clear in this article.

The kid is alive, able bodied, appeared to be in good mental/physical health, non threatening to himself or others, never once made any type of verbal/physical threats to ‘anyone’, was able to ‘attempt’ to ‘pull away’ from the officers, was able to coherently verbalize his protests to events taking place and was ‘armed’ with a ‘loud mouth’ and a ‘book’! 1 Taser was used on him when he was held on the ground by at least 4 police officers. (Details are unknown for certain at this time if one or both wrists were already handcuffed)

The woman died

The kid lived

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Neither posed the type of ‘serious’ threat to warrant the use of this type of ‘deadly/excessive’ force. Both of them were ‘outnumbered’ by the police and neither was in a position/capable of harming the officers. Both were heard ‘screaming’ in agony from the Tasers. Neither circumstance ‘deserved/warranted’ the use/abuse of ‘deadly force’ against them and ‘anyone’ that feels ‘either’ of them ‘did’, must not ‘truly understand’ just how ‘deadly’ a ‘weapon’ Tasers really are.
 

Holly Troubetzkoy (167)
Sunday September 23, 2007, 8:33 am
Cate, what is this taser buisness. ANyone can give an electric shock which is sufficient to cause death but causes a great deal of pay first. Is this not as trange and unusual punishment?
 

Linda D. (41)
Sunday September 23, 2007, 1:38 pm
This is so disgusting! Every week, there seems to be an article about police brutality. I'm frightened to even call the police. The ghouls in this case have been exonerated by the police department, which is not surprising. This woman was disabled and in a wheel chair called the police because she thought a relative was trying to harm her. She sounded sane on the phone, her mental status is a side issue. It said she had two knives and a hammer for protection and was frightened. Well, how hard would it be to take away a hammer and two knives, probably steak knives away from her? She was tasered ten times up to 25 seconds. They never should have tasered her, and I'm sure they could have take away the two knives and hammer after the first taser. I don't understand exactly what her crime was. Do you? Did she die of a heart attack from an arrhythmia? That is what I thought would happened to the college student who was repeatedly tasered in the chest after he was handcuffed and on the ground as punishment for wanting to speak at a Kerry speech.
 

Karen Walker (71)
Monday September 24, 2007, 6:35 pm
What happened to our country? Where is the compassion and the desire to help each other? I realize I was not there and did not see what happened, but the idea that police would use a taser on someone asking for help is something I can't comprehend. Even with the "weapons" in her hands, this woman could have been restrained in another way. I know our police have to face so much these days, when so many are affected by drugs and behavior is so unpredictable, but, I cannot imagine that so much taser force was necessary. How sad for the woman who died, how sad for the police, and for us all.
 

MaryAnn B. (80)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 1:54 pm
Outraged and noted
Thanks Cate
 

Kari D. (192)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 5:08 pm
Noted :-((
 

Nancy Vernand (187)
Monday October 1, 2007, 10:25 pm
This is so digusting as it was done by men my parents raised to respect as they were here to serve and protect us. i never thought I'd see the day that I would publicly say that I am so ashamed of our country and the values it has hrown down the toilet. Our children have no moral and no conscious (a large number of them) A gemeration has been lost to drugs..how many grandmothers are raising their grandkids? Now our police officers have joined the downhill slide of what was once the greatest country on the planet.
 

Merry L. (74)
Wednesday October 17, 2007, 10:25 am
I remember this story-was horrified then and still am-scared too!
 
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