Taser Trouble — The Infamous UCLA Video
Posted by Arroyoribera on August 23, 2007
It just so happens that there are others as troubled as I am by the de-humanization of humanity. This post with a link to the infamous video of a UCLA student being tasered by bone-headed, power-hungry campus cops is found at http://www.intentblog.com
Gotham Chopra – November 19, 2006
Courtesy of youtube, the 6 minute video of an Iranian American student getting repeatedly “tazed” by UCLA campus police is all blazing its way around the globe.
More shocking than the video footage is the audio that accompanies it – the anguished screams of the kid that sound similar to what you might expect coming from Bush’s secret Gitmo layer than a campus library.
In my mind, it’s all connected – the illegal prisons in Guantanamo, Baghdad, Kabul and elsewhere that Bush and his cronies set up to skirt around international law and the egregious abuse you see on the video. It’s no coincidence that kid in question is of Iranian origin. And even if he was asking for it, which the campus police backers are starting to intimate for the inevitable case to follow, the obvious over-use of force is tied to a much larger trend of paranoia that has been purposely embedded into our national consciousness since 9/11.
Where’s it all going? Where’s it going to end? I usually like to blame this sort of ignorance on rednecks from red states but this all took place in a so-called progressive University in a decidedly liberal state and city, just a few miles down the road from where I live. Comparisons to campus unrest over Vietnam are being talked about but I don’t quite see the comparison. There was no resistance here, no protest – just a kid without an I.D. who gave a few security guards some attitude and then got jolted with a taser a half dozen times.
We need to start paying attention to what’s going on in our country – what’s made some helpless University security guards all of a suddenly think they are on the frontline of the war on terrorism. We’re in quite a bit of trouble here.