Friday, November 17, 2006

Police brutality at UCLA

By Heraclitus

In case you haven't heard about this incident, a student at UCLA was repeatedly tasered by campus security because...well, there really doesn't seem to be much of a reason. The LA Times story is here. Amanda Marcotte has the video captured by students on their cell phones here. Campus police claim the student refused to leave the library, but witnesses say he was leaving when he was attacked and tasered by the rent-a-pigs. Students who witnessed the attack repeatedly asked the police to stop tasering the student, but to no avail. The police threatened to taser at least one other student who asked them to stop attacking her classmate and for their badge numbers. Nevertheless, the university seems to be trying to defend the brutality. The National Iranian American Council has an account of the brutality here (the student was Iranian-American). You can also send an email criticizing the whole sordid affair, and calling for an external investigation, to the chancellor of UCLA, the head of the UCLA police, and the mayor of Los Angeles. Please take a few seconds to send the email and try to force the university to take some accountability for this act of naked brutality and intimidation that has no place in a university, or, indeed, in any part of a free society.

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  • re: "rent a pigs"

    -The UC Police are sworn officers with guns, the power to arrest people, and all the rest. These were real police, not security officers. Perhaps this makes it even worse because professions should be trained better. I'll be interested to see what the Chancellor does about this; he was criminal law professor prior to holding this job.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:23 AM  

  • thanks for posting this.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:43 AM  

  • Wow. Yeah, I think it does make it worse if these were "real," fully-trained LAPD cops. Police brutality from the LAPD? Let's hope this shocking trend doesn't go any further.

    Kaveh--no problem. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    By Blogger ., at 5:39 PM  

  • This is a classic case of a set up to get publicity for the Mullah’s through thier agents, NIAC being one of them, watch other puppet organizations on Mulla’s payroll like IABA, NIPOC and IMAN to follow . I wouldnt be surprised if IAPAC , folks like Amirahmadi, Titra Parsi, Houghoghi and Babaie to jump on board. This is as free of advertising as it comes.

    The campus police was wrong but they were lured into this by a very carefully planned conspiracy. Watch the details get investigated over the next few weeks. How come there was only one student recording? How come the recording did not start from the begining of the incident? Did you hear the student swear at the police? tell them fuck your patriot act? How come his attorney is a 2 time disbarred attorney who was the only attorney trown out of the Federal Court?
    Things are never what they seem.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:30 PM  

  • Dude, when did Lyndon LaRouche become a regular reader?

    By Blogger ., at 1:01 AM  

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