I continue to be an activist against the the police use of ETD'S (electronic torture devices) I am certainlly not alone. Amnesty International, the folks that keep track of official brutality and torture, has called on federal, state and local authorities and law enforcement agencies to suspend all use of elctro-shot weapons pending an URGENT, RIGOROUS, INDEPENDENT AND IMPARTIAL inquiry into their use and effects. Why their concern? It is the same as mine. TAZERS KILL PEOPLE!! Their report speaks of the deaths of 74 people. That is 74 people they did not intend to kill. OOOPS!! And those that survive describe the experience. "it just takes your legs out. It's like a jackhammer going Kaboom, Kaboom, Kaboom." "It's like getting punched 100 times in a row." "It is the most profound pain I have ever felt."
Tazers are a weapon of torture. The 800'th Military Police Brigade used them to torture people in Abu Ghraib prison. Miramar Florida police tazered a 9 year old girl. She was guilty of being "unruly." A 15 year old was tazered and pepper sprayed in an altercation on a school bus. Police tazered a 14 year old boy that broke a window and a 50 year old man for refusing to give police his date of birth.
IT A WEAPON OF ABUSE USED BY ABUSIVE POLICE!
Portland Oregon police are in the Amnesty Internation report. Our cops used tazers on 400 people in 19 months. That averages to about 1 person every two days. It includes 25 people who were already in handcuffs. A woman was tazered for selling plastic flowers with out a license. Cops that tazer handcuffed suspects are abusive cops and should be fired!
In most of the cases studied by Amnesty International, police departments claim that the use of tazer force was found to be in accordance with departmental policies. Well of course, don't the police always say they did nothing wrong even when they kill an unarmed person? Don't the police "embellish" the truth to protect one another?
Hell yes! I know it and you know it too!
Another problem with tazers is that anyone can buy one. They are not classified as a firearm. Amnesty International cites cases of parents prosecuted for child cruelty after using electro shock weapons to discipline their children. Women have been tortured by abusive partners with the damned things. They are mad science that must be dumped.
I have created TAZER FREE ZONE signs. Stop by 105 SE 18'th and pick one up. Make copies and put them in the windows of your homes and businesses. Tell Mayor Tom Potter to get rid of tazers. Tell county chair Diane Linn to get rid of tazers. Tell the Governor to get rid of Tazers.
I'll sasy it again, help me retire old sparky and the abusive cops that use them!!