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Golpeado con taser en la biblioteca de la UCLA

Un hecho insólito ocurrido en una biblioteca de Los Ángeles, evidencia el rigor con que es aplicada el Acta Patriótica en esas Instituciones:

Golpeado con taser en la biblioteca de la UCLA
Por Jean-Guy Allard

El ambiente fascista que impone la Administración Bush impone a la sociedad norteamericana ha sido ilustrado una vez más, hace unos días, cuando agentes de la policía de Los Ángeles le entraron a golpes de taser, una pistola de descargas eléctricas, a un estudiante que no tenía sobre sí su tarjeta de identidad de la institución.

Un video del incidente que hubiera podido tener consecuencias fatales, ha sido divulgado en un blog de Internet por estudiantes que denuncian la violencia extrema usada por agentes del tristemente famoso cuerpo de policía californiano.

Agentes de seguridad de la Universidad realizaban una operación relámpago de control de identidad en la librería Powell, del campus universitario, como lo hacen cada noche depuse de las 11 p.m.

Mostafa Tabatabainejad, un estudiante de origen iraní, se encontraba trabajando en el centro de documentación científica cuando los agentes se acercaron repentinamente a él para pedirle su "bruin", denominación de la tarjeta de identidad del centro universitario.

Al darse cuenta de que el joven no tenía su tarjeta, le ordenaron abandonar el lugar. Tabatabainejad se negó a salir, argumentando que estaba estudiando y que debía seguir en su trabajo de investigación.

Los guardias llamaron de inmediato la policía de Los Ángeles que envió sus patrulleros armados de tasers.

En el video difundido en la Internet, se puede ver y oír cómo los oficiales le aplican su pistola de descargas eléctricas en repetidas ocasiones al iraní que grita de dolor y protesta vehementemente.

"Aquí está su Patriot Act, aquí está su abuso del poder", exclama el estudiante ante varios estudiantes, testigos impotentes de la agresión.

Los agentes de la policía de LA siguieron con los malos tratos aún cuando Tabatabainejad se encontraba esposado y reducido en el suelo.

El taser es una pistola de descargas eléctricas, un peligroso instrumento represivo que puede hasta provocar infarto y que es ahora de uso común entre los cuerpos de policía del país.

Enviado por su autor para este Boletín


Taser Incident in UCLA Library Sparks Outrage, Investigation

In an incident caught on a cellphone camera and sparking outrage after a YouTube posting, an Iranian-American senior at the University of California, Los Angeles was stunned five times with a Taser after he refused to show ID in the library and then would not exit promptly. While campus police defended their tactics, the university announced it was investigating the incident and a lawyer for the student announced he would file a lawsuit charging police brutality and false arrest. According to the Daily Bruin, Mostafa Tabatabainejad was in the computer lab in Powell Library at 11:30 p.m. when an unarmed Community Service Officer asked him to produce ID. (Campus policy requires those in the library after 11 p.m. to be prepared to identify themselves, because the library is then limited to students, staff, and faculty, but it's unclear why the student was chosen.) He did not produce it—apparently he thought he was being racially profiled. He went limp rather than leaving promptly, after which the officers used the Taser. Tabatabainejadwas surrounded by students urging police to stop their tactics.

His lawyer told the Los Angeles Times that, though Tabatabainejad eventually decided to leave the library, he went limp after an officer refused his request to take his hand off him, since he considered it a case of racial profiling. “Here's your Patriot Act. Here's your fucking abuse of power," the student yelled during the incident with the police. “Stop fighting us,” police responded. “I’m not fighting you,” he responded.

According to the Times, police said they used the Taser only after Tabatabainejad urged other library patrons to resist the police; however, some witnesses said that he was already cooperating. A witness told the Daily Bruin that police used the Taser even when Tabatabainejad was already handcuffed, while police responded that they didn’t know if he was armed or a student. Tasers send an electrical shock to immobilize people, but can be deadly; they’re linked to some 150 deaths in the United States and Canada in seven years, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. It’s not clear whether the use of the Taser prevented Tabatabainejad from complying with the command to “stand up.”

Interim Chancellor Norman Abrams said in a statement that he asked “the investigation into the actions of all involved move at the quickest pace possible without sacrificing fairness. I am committed to our country's system of due process—which counsels us not to rush to judgment. It would be best if everyone, within and without the university, would withhold judgment pending review of the matter. I, too, have watched the videos, and I do not believe that one can make a fair judgment regarding the matter from the videos alone. I am encouraged that a number of witnesses have come forward and are participating in the investigation.”

http://libraryjournal.com/article/CA6392988.html


UCLA Police Taser Student in Library
From the UCLA Daily Bruin:

An incident late Tuesday night in which a UCLA student was stunned at least four times with a Taser has left the UCLA community questioning whether the university police officers' use of force was an appropriate response to the situation.

Mostafa Tabatabainejad, a UCLA student, was repeatedly stunned with a Taser and then taken into custody when he did not exit the CLICC Lab in Powell Library in a timely manner. Community Service Officers had asked Tabatabainejad to leave after he failed to produce his BruinCard during a random check at around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

UCPD Assistant Chief of Police Jeff Young said the checks are a standard procedure in the library after 11 p.m.

"Because of the safety of the students we limit the use after 11 to just students, staff and faculty," Young said.

Young said the CSOs on duty in the library at the time went to get UCPD officers when Tabatabainejad did not immediately leave, and UCPD officers resorted to use of the Taser when Tabatabainejad did not do as he was told.

A six-minute video showed Tabatabainejad audibly screaming in pain as he was stunned several times with a Taser, each time for three to five seconds. He was told repeatedly to stand up and stop fighting, and was told that if he did not do so he would "get Tased again."

Tabatabainejad was also stunned with the Taser when he was already handcuffed, said Carlos Zaragoza, a third-year English and history student who witnessed the incident.

"(He was) no possible danger to any of the police," Zaragoza said. "(He was) getting shocked and Tasered as he was handcuffed."

But Young said at the time the police likely had no way of knowing whether the individual was armed or that he was a student.

As Tabatabainejad was being dragged through the room by two officers, he repeated in a strained scream, "I'm not fighting you" and "I said I would leave."

The officers used the "drive stun" setting in the Taser, which delivers a shock to a specific part of the body with the front of the Taser, Young said.

A Taser delivers volts of low-amperage energy to the body, causing a disruption of the body's electrical energy pulses and locking the muscles, according to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union.

"It's an electrical shock. ... It causes pain," Young said, adding that the drive stun would not likely demobilize a person or cause residual pain after the shock was administered. Young also said a Taser is less forceful than a baton, for example.

But according to a study published in the Lancet Medical Journal in 2001, a charge of three to five seconds can result in immobilization for five to 15 minutes, which would mean that Tabatabainejad could have been physically unable to stand when the officers demanded that he do so.

"It is a real mistake to treat a Taser as some benign thing that painlessly brings people under control," said Peter Eliasberg, managing attorney at the ACLU of Southern California.

"The Taser can be incredibly violent and result in death," Eliasberg said.

According to an ACLU report, 148 people in the United States and Canada have died as a result of the use of Tasers since 1999.

During the altercation between Tabatabainejad and the officers, bystanders can be heard in the video repeatedly asking the officers to stop and requesting their names and identification numbers. The video showed one officer responding to a student by threatening that the student would "get Tased too." At this point, the officer was still holding a Taser.

Such a threat of the use of force by a law enforcement officer in response to a request for a badge number is an "illegal assault," Eliasberg said.

"It is absolutely illegal to threaten anyone who asks for a badge â€" that's assault," he said.

Tabatabainejad was released from custody after being given a citation for obstruction/delay of a peace officer in the performance of duty.

Neither Tabatabainejad nor his family were giving interviews Wednesday.

Police officers said they determined the use of Tasers was necessary when Tabatabainejad did not do as they asked.

According to a UCPD press release, Tabatabainejad went limp and refused to exit as the officers attempted to escort him out. The release also stated Tabatabainejad "encouraged library patrons to join his resistance." At this point, the officers "deemed it necessary to use the Taser in a "drive stun' capacity."

"He wasn't cooperative; he wouldn't identify himself. He resisted the officers," Young said.

Neither the video footage nor eyewitness accounts of the events confirmed that Tabatabainejad encouraged resistance, and he repeatedly told the officers he was not fighting and would leave.

Tabatabainejad was walking with his backpack toward the door when he was approached by two UCPD officers, one of whom grabbed the student's arm. In response, Tabatabainejad yelled at the officers to "get off me." Following this demand, Tabatabainejad was stunned with a Taser.

UCPD and the UCLA administration would not comment on the specifics of the incident as it is still under investigation.

In a statement released Wednesday, Interim Chancellor Norman Abrams said investigators were reviewing the situation and the officers' actions.

"I can assure you that these reviews will be thorough, vigorous and fair," Abrams said.

The incident, which Zaragoza described as an example of "police brutality," left many students disturbed.

"I realize when looking at these kind of arrest tapes that they don't always show the full picture. ... But that six minutes that we can watch just seems like it's a ridiculous amount of force for someone being escorted because they forgot their BruinCard," said Ali Ghandour, a fourth-year anthropology student.

"It certainly makes you wonder if something as small as forgetting your BruinCard can eventually lead to getting Tased several times in front of the library," he added. - Sara Taylor Copyright 2006 ASUCLA Student Media.

http://kysor.blogspot.com/2006/11/ucla-police-taser-student-in-library.html

 




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