Video of another incident in which a driver was stopped and unnecessarily
tased for failing to obey police orders has again attracted attention
and controversy as the stun guns, which have now officially been
dubbed a form of torture, continue to be used routinely by police.
Though the incident captured in the latest video
to come to our attention took place a year ago, it again adds
to the growing cases of unacceptable Taser use on citizens whom
the evidence reveals are in no way threatening or resisting co-operation.
The video shows a man being pulled over in Austin
Texas for traveling 5mph over the 65mph speed limit. He had an
elderly friend or relative in the car with him at the time.
The cop asks for his license and he seems to be
complying but too slowly for the cop's liking. As the driver says
"woah woah woah, let me get it" the cop becomes angry.
Within 15 seconds of asking for the license he unclips his Taser
and demands the man step out of the vehicle. He then tazes him
as soon as he is on the road and calls for back up.
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The incident mirrors a
separate case in Utah where a man was tased and arrested
on a highway after being stopped by an officer and refusing to
sign a speeding ticket because he did not understand why he had
been pulled over or what he was being asked to sign.
Taser has been mired in controversy, since the wide
uptake of its stun guns by police forces, due to the level of
pain the devices inflict and the amount of deaths that have occurred
after their use.
Further questions have been raised over more frequent police
use of tasers. The guns are supposed to be the last response before
lethal action, however, we have increasingly reported
cases where police use them without warning and in
non threatening situations.
Earlier this week we highlighted another case in which a woman
was tased in a Sheffield Lake, Ohio, police station not because
she threatened officers, in fact she was restrained in handcuffs,
but rather because she refused to obey orders.
“Last November, [Kristina Fretter] was stunned with a Taser
while in handcuffs in the Sheffield Police Department booking
room after being picked up for drunken driving. The officer who
fired the Taser, Edward Long, resigned, and charges were dropped
against Fretter in exchange for her promise not to sue the village,”
Amnesty International has said there have been about 300 deaths
around the world after Taser use and has called for it to be suspended
while a full investigation into the impact is conducted.
Recently, a UN Committee said the stun gun "causes acute
pain, constituting a form
Taser use is being abused by police all over the country and
beyond as cops are trained that torture is a perfectly acceptable
response to somebody who acts out of the ordinary, asks the wrong
question or refuses to immediately obey orders show their papers.