Cops repeatedly TASER UCLA student over library ID!
UCLA police were caught on cell-phone video repeatedly "Taseing" a 23-year-old student who allegedly refused to show ID at the library:
The footage is up on YouTube:
Campus police report said community service officers were doing their nightly sweep of the library to ensure that all users after 11 p.m. are students or authorized patrons, the Times said. Tabatabainejad allegedly refused to show identification to an officer and the guard called in campus police. A statement from the UCLA Police Department said Tabatabainejad was asked to leave "multiple times."
"He continued to refuse," the statement said. "As the officers attempted to escort him out, he went limp and continued to refuse to cooperate with officers or leave the building."
However, witnesses have disputed that claim, saying Tabatabainejad has begun walking toward the door when police arrived but was grabbed by an officer. [UPI]
The police claim that they shocked the student because he refused to produce student ID at the request of a Community Service Officer and defied their order to leave the library. Then, they say, they continued to shock him because he refused to get up off the ground.
These stun guns are supposed to be substitutes for lethal force. Don't tell me they would have shot the kid for not showing his ID. Even by the cops' own account, they had no right to TASER the kid.
He wasn't threatening the officers or anyone else. The victim may even have been attempting to leave the library as instructed. This is just the latest of many cell phone videos documenting brutal arrest tactics by LA cops.