Taser torture by the cops is “the new normal”

If this sort of thing were going on in Russia, or Iran, we might be hearing plenty more about it; but it’s happening here, and it’s routine by now; and those who get this treatment don’t have money.

So it’s not “news,” even though it’s a continuous, and rampant, and egregious violation of the rights assured us (that is, all of us) by the Constitution. It is, in short, “cruel and unusual punishment,” which is another name for torture. (And what is it a punishment for, exactly?

In all too many cases, nothing much, or nothing at all.)

And it will keep happening, unless the press decides to make an issue of it.


The 6 Most Shocking Cases of Police Stun-Gun Abuse
By Lauren Kelley, AlterNet
Posted on December 7, 2010, Printed on December 11, 2010

Take a police force that’s notorious for its use of excessive force, add a massive arsenal of tasers, put those weapons in the hands of low-level patrol officers, and what do you get?

If you guessed “an awful mess of civil rights abuses and safety concerns,” then, unfortunately, you’re correct. A new report from the City of Chicago Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates police misconduct cases in the city, has found that incidences of taser use by Chicago police officers increased by nearly 350% over the past year in the wake of the department’s decision to more than double its taser arsenal in the name of “increasing officer safety” and “defusing trouble.”

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