Written by: Pencil
Concern is growing among human rights activists and campaigners, regarding the apparent violent and potentially lethal use of stun-guns by police officers. The issue was brought to attention, after a cop tased a 14 year old girl at Monterey fair, police were attempting to detain two girls for questioning about a fight, when they refused; the youngest of the pair was tased. Innocent people are too often being attacked by police in this manner, for mostly arbitrary, victimless crimes.
Brooks, a pregnant woman, was stopped by the police, for allegedly driving 32mph in a school zone. She was issued a ticked and was asked to sign it, she refused as she insisted that it was the car in front of her that was in fact speeding.
Brooks’ refused to get out of her car, even after the police threatened to stun her. Officer Juan Ornelas, Sgt. Steven Daman and Officer Donald Jones attempted a “pain compliance” hold to remove her from her vehicle, after this was unsuccessful, the policemen stunned her with a taser three times at her neck, thigh and shoulder region. They then forcefully removed her from her car.
It took ten years for the federal courts to determine if Brooks’ refusal to sign a speeding ticket justified the attack, in the end, the officers were let off and the City of Seattle has agreed to pay $45,000 as compensation to the victim.
As a result of Brooks’ case, the Seattle PD now disallows the use of Tasers on pregnant women, it is unfortunate that someone had to be hurt before this law was put in place. Too often are people involuntarily apart of the unjust violence of authority.