Tasers are substitutes for lethal force, not to be used in subduing people

The NYPD should be prosecuted.

(h/t Melissa McEwan @ Shakesville)

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Police brutality

See video at the Washington Post.

A student was arrested immediately after asking Sen. John Kerry, “Also, are you a member of Skull and Bones… Are you in the same secret society?”

He was then tasered.

Update: John Kerry responds to taser incident:

In 37 years of public appearances, through wars, protests and highly emotional events, I have never had a dialogue end this way. I believe I could have handled the situation without interruption, but I do not know what warnings or other exchanges transpired between the young man and the police prior to his barging to the front of the line and their intervention. I asked the police to allow me to answer the question and was in the process of responding when he was taken into custody. I was not aware that a taser was used until after I left the building. I hope that neither the student nor any of the police were injured. I regret enormously that a good healthy discussion was interrupted.

For the record, I wouldn’t mind hearing his answer to this (somewhat garbled) question.

Which one looks like the cleverly disguised cop?

Maude and the Cleverly Disguised Cop

Click to find out which one really is.

Update: Watch the video to see what’s going on here:

Update 2: The Gazetteer has more. Apparently the police are still lying about this incident.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Melissa McEwan @ Shakesville:

Prosecutors say [Marcus Huffman] was on patrol March 18 when he met the woman after she was turned away from a club because she appeared intoxicated. Huffman is accused of offering her a ride, driving her to the substation and raping her.

Special Assistant Attorney General Erik Wallin said prosecutors have a video showing Huffman entering the substation with the woman, then leaving separately before the woman did.

In addition, prosecutors say they have recovered Huffman’s semen from the woman’s boxer shorts.

The 19-old-woman then went to a relative’s home where she called 911 to report the rape. Among the three officers who responded was Officer Marcus Huffman.

He was also the senior officer handling the complaint, and, according to RI Attorney General spokesman Michael Healey, “He later filed a report which we allege failed to include important facts, among which were any mention of the incident involving him and the victim.”

Please read the rest.