Saturday, December 27, 2008

Santa Rosa Protests Police Use Of Tasers Is reoporting that residents of Santa Rosa are protesting another death due to police use of tasers. A naked man was tasered to death in Texas.
From the

Activists hold anti-Taser vigil after year of deaths
12/27/2008 @ 6:22 pmFiled by Andrew McLemore
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In Santa Rosa, Calif., residents are not happy with their local law enforcement.After two men died by police wielding Tasers in the last two months and four more in the past year, a number of Sonoma County groups rallied about 40 people to protest the electro-shock weapon."Although it might seem like a lesser evil, they have been misusing it to such a degree that it has become lethal in this county," said Maggie Coshnear, a member of the county's October 22nd Coalition.Sherry Heyberger, a 40-year-old hairdresser, stood on a curb during the rally holding a sign that read "Tasers are Torture."Nathan Vaughn, the most recent victim of Taser use, was hit three times by a Taser less than two minutes after a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy entered his home.Vaughn, 39, was assaulting his father and his mother had called police for help, but less than an hour after the deputy arrived, Vaughn was dead."He shouldn't have died the way he did," Heyberger said. "He's been in and out of jail, yeah, but does that call for someone being Tasered three times?"Tasers have grown increasingly controversial as stories like Vaughn's continue to surface across the country.In Houston, Texas, a naked man disturbing the neighborhood died after police shocked him with a Taser four times.A recent report found that 400 people in the US and Canada have died from Taser shocks since 2001. Since the report was issued, Canada has begun removing the weapon from its police forces.


Greg Sebourn said...

Taser: Sometimes, it's the right tool for the job. (It helps if the suspect complies with the officer's orders in the first place.) I've been tasered. It isn't fun, and that's the point. It gets your attention right now.

Tom Sebourn said...

If the so called suspect complies with the officer's orders in the first place and then gets tasered, the officer should be fired and the city county or government office the officer works for should be sued!
If a suspect doesn't comply, that's a different story. If they are non violent, they shouldn't be tasered period!