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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Another lawsuit due to police taser abuse

A woman in the Seattle area filed a lawsuit on Friday against the Redmond,WA police force because of their use of extreme force and a taser. When she was harrased by the police, she was suffering physical problems, due to her diabetes and the low sugar level she was experiencing.

The episode occured on July 10, 2005. When the police arrived at the scene of the rear-end accident she was involved in, the woman was unresponsive. The Seattle PI article says that the police broke the passenger window of her car and tasered her because she didn't "obey their commands..."

The article goes on to state that even after she was tasered, the woman was still unresponsive, other than some vocalization. One of the taser prongs lodged in her stomach, near her transplated kidney. Also, it's stated that when firefighters arrived on the scene, they knew immediately she was suffering from some sort of diabetic episode. The police administered a breath test on the scene, confirming the woman was not drunk.

Additional comment: Don't police officers receive any training on medical symptoms at all? As first responders, they should receive some training, wouldn't you think? When someone is unresponsive, this might give the officers a clue that there could possibly be something medically wrong with the woman. I hope that this case has a different outcome than the ones which precede it, but I'm not optimistic.


At 2:37 PM, Blogger Don Bangert said...

This story comforms to their logic of "Shoot first, then ask questions."

At 2:55 PM, Blogger Don Bangert said...

To conduct or behave (oneself) in a particular manner

To correspond in form or character; be similar.

(New Word)
To conduct or behave (oneself) in a manner having similar characteristics to others.

I'm really going the long way around to saying I misspelled a word. :)

At 10:30 PM, Blogger lewlew said...

=) I do this ALL The time (check out the beerbelly entry and comments.

You're right-- everyone is guilty until proven innocent in the police state.

At 9:08 AM, Blogger Mark said...

The police response will be that they are "reviewing their procedures". They are never guilty of doing anyone harm. After all, they are agents of the state and therefore only want to protect you. See Ruby Ridge and Waco, Texas for examples of how they never do harm and get promotions or commendations for their violent actions. Only their victims are guilty.


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