Stories have been appearing regularly that highlight police corruption in the form of unwarranted brutality. From the travesty of justice in Sean Bell's Murder, to the recent murder of Mychal Bell's Cousin Barron Scooter Collins who was tased 9 times in police custody, where he surely posed no threat that required such a use of force, we have seen a disturbing trend with tasers in the black community that elders, and the blind have not even been safe from.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
This is why as a people we must be sure someone is doing a proper job policing the police. To me this means, it is time for legislation that punishes renegade officers severely as part of a measure to discourage police brutality, but there is surely much more that must be written into law sooner than later.
The police are supposed to serve and protect.
The people should not fear police unless they've broken a law, and even then they should feel secure that their rights won't be infringed upon during or after arrest. Electrocuting a person simply because the power is available, can become tempting to unscrupulous officers, when they know they will have a menial price to pay if there is one to pay at all. When being suspended for a week for murder by taser, is considered an acceptable punishment for an officer, we as a people must see that it is clearly time for us to brainstorm on better legislation, and movements to ensure order from local levels onto federal levels.
Even Canadians are saying no to Tasers after teens have been killed and injured even in holding cells, with the weapons.
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Below there are more links for your research needs as collected and originally provided by African American Political Pundit:
UN: Tasers Are A Form Of Torture
Justice Department Taser Review:
Kevin Myles/NAACP Working With Local Police Taser Policy
Black Man Knocked Off Of Bridge By Taser To 15 Foot Fall
Pregnant Ohio Woman Tasered
17 Year Old Bagging Groceries Killed By Taser
Barron Scooter Collins Killed In Police Custody After Being Tased 9 Times
Black Man Tased After Flagging Down And Officer And Asking For Help
Black Man Tased And Pepper Sprayed Even After Complying With Police While On His Knees
Another Pregnant Women Tased By Police
59 Year Old Dies Of Spinal Fracture After Being Tased
News Media Whiteout machines, and Law Enforcement reports are all similar.
Tasered While Black and Sleeping
Son Of Retired Black Police Lt. Tasered While Black
Mentally Ill Homeless Woman Tased To Death
Police Tase A Deaf Man Exiting The Shower In A Towel