Skip to comments.Student shot with Taser by UCPD officers (Commie Alert)
Posted on 11/16/2006 4:57:59 AM PST by radar101
UCPD officers shot a student several times with a Taser inside the Powell Library CLICC computer lab late Tuesday night before taking him into custody.
No university police officers were available to comment further about the incident as of 3 a.m. Wednesday, and no Community Service Officers who were on duty at the time could be reached.
At around 11:30 p.m., CSOs asked a male student using a computer in the back of the room to leave when he was unable to produce a BruinCard during a random check. The student did not exit the building immediately.
The CSOs left, returning minutes later, and police officers arrived to escort the student out. By this time the student had begun to walk toward the door with his backpack when an officer approached him and grabbed his arm, at which point the student told the officer to let him go. A second officer then approached the student as well.
The student began to yell "get off me," repeating himself several times.
It was at this point that the officers shot the student with a Taser for the first time, causing him to fall to the floor and cry out in pain. The student also told the officers he had a medical condition.
UCPD officers confirmed that the man involved in the incident was a student, but did not give a name or any additional information about his identity.
Video shot from a student's camera phone captured the student yelling, "Here's your Patriot Act, here's your fucking abuse of power," while he struggled with the officers.
As the student was screaming, UCPD officers repeatedly told him to stand up and said "stop fighting us." The student did not stand up as the officers requested and they shot him with the Taser at least once more.
"It was the most disgusting and vile act I had ever seen in my life," said David Remesnitsky, a 2006 UCLA alumnus who witnessed the incident.
As the student and the officers were struggling, bystanders repeatedly asked the police officers to stop, and at one point officers told the gathered crowd to stand back and threatened to use a Taser on anyone who got too close.
Laila Gordy, a fourth-year economics student who was present in the library during the incident, said police officers threatened to shoot her with a Taser when she asked an officer for his name and his badge number.
Gordy was visibly upset by the incident and said other students were also disturbed.
"It's a shock that something like this can happen at UCLA," she said. "It was unnecessary what they did."
Immediately after the incident, several students began to contact local news outlets, informing them of the incident, and Remesnitsky wrote an e-mail to Interim Chancellor Norman Abrams.
Watched the video and the kid sounds deranged and looking for trouble. I am not a cop hater but think they may have overused their power when they stunned him for not standing up.
Pure and simple though, whether you agree with what the cop is doing its usually best to follow directions and complain later. If the cop asked the kid to stop then he should have stopped.
Pure and simple though, whether you agree with what the cop is doing its usually best to follow directions and complain later.
With that, I 100% agree.
see post #15........still pretty d@mn early in the morning, and I have not had my 6th cup of coffee yet....
Your right. The 'something missing' is the security side of the story. This article only spouts the leftist drivel.
Yep!! Hopefully the university will fire them and he will press charges for battery.
Apparently this ass-h*le Remesnitsky missed the film of 9/11 and the beheading of Daniel Pearl. This moron living under a rock? Very simple. If an officer asks you to do something, do it. This punks response makes me sure this was a setup. Had his pals standing by to video it. I say give the officers a medal and this two-bit commie punk the door!
When the sheepdogs turn on the sheep, they must be ruthlessly removed from the pack. These sheepdogs turned on the sheep, plain and simple.
The guy was a student at the university library. He had every right to be there. Okay, so he didn't have his student ID with him - not horribly uncommon, especially in a big university.
So the courtesy patrol asks to see his ID card (reasonable) and he doesn't have it. The courtesy patrol asks him to leave, so he saves his work, and he's heading out of the library, which is a VERY large building.
Suddenly, two cops walk up to him and grab him. He resists, as any one of us would when someone - cop or not - grabs us for no reason. Next thing anybody knows, they're tasering the kid, then telling him to stand up. Then they taser him when he doesn't or can't stand up.
I'm a Federal LEO - these cops need to be fired.
Petty tyrants??? Aren't you two the perfectionists! Listen you dweebs this is either a country of laws or a country of men. I'll take the laws. This commie creep violated University policy by entering a building and utilizing a computer ILLEGALLY. I know that's a hard word for you proletarians. The cops have every right to use physical force to remove him. You ultra-libertarians never cease to amaze me!
Like WOW, we got one side of the story and we can make such good judgements from it.
All I saw witnessed was one profoundly idiotic person who committed felony resisting arrest and a couple of dozen idotic bystanders who committed misdemeanor interference with an officer in the performance of his duties.
Oh yeah, and this Remenitsky guy loitering.
Tasers are normally used for combative subjects that do not pose a deadly threat.
"The guy was a student at the university library. He had every right to be there. Okay, so he didn't have his student ID with him - not horribly uncommon, especially in a big university."
We don't know the full story of what led up to the tazor. From what I observed the kid was disturbing the peace before they tazored him. That would seem to be reasonable cause to ask him to stop.
I am curious as to why they tazored him for not standing up.
It wasn't illegal for him to be there. At worst he violated a school rule. He was leaving. He just wasn't leaving fast enough for the rent-a-cop. The UCPD cop grabbed him as he was leaving. When the student told him to let go the cops brutalized him.
Battery is battery. In fact, they committed a federal felony by attacking him under color of law.
So this is a country of laws and they should be charged under those laws.
I'm sure you agree since you are so supportive of living under the laws.
I'll bet you were a huge fan of the Kent State shootings, too.
Maybe having and showing ID is a policy of the school??? And being escorted off campus or being asked to leave or identified is school policy if someone isn't carrying ID.
Maybe the school has had incidents with non-students walking onto campus and causing problems?
Maybe the school can get sued if non-students meander onto campus and victimize legitimate students?
Maybe it's the policy of the school that tazers be used instead of a baton shampoo?
Seems to me that the moral of the story is: A. carry your ID B. When asked to leave when you don't have ID, maybe you better do so. It seems to me that if the first officer had to leave, and then came back with other officers, something happened when Einstein was asked to leave the first time. Maybe something along the lines of 'Here's your Patriot Act'... and dropping of the F bomb.
C. Don't be surprised that when you act like an idiot, you get treated like an idiot.
There seems to be a lot of cop haters on this thread.
If anyone would like to email Interim Chancellor Norman Abrams;
There 'is' more to the story:
The student, Mostafa Tabatabainejad, was shocked Tuesday at about 11 p.m. as police did a routine check of student IDs at the University of California, Los Angeles Powell Library computer lab.
''This is a long-standing library policy to ensure the safety of students during the late-night hours,'' said UCLA Police Department spokeswoman Nancy Greenstein.
She said police tried to escort Tabatabainejad, 23, out of the library after he refused to provide identification. Tabatabainejad instead encouraged others at the library to join his resistance, and when a crowd began to gather, police used the stun gun on him, Greenstein said.
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