We just posted, yesterday, the pointer to Digby's "Let's talk about tasers", and bing-bang-boom, there's a new, hideous taser incident in the news.
Mom in minivan tasered twice in Salina traffic stop; camera captures deputy's rough roadside arrest (VIDEO)
In January, an Onondaga County sheriff's deputy pulled over Audra Harmon, who had two of her kids with her in her minivan. A routine traffic stop escalated quickly.A mother, with her two children in the car, has to have the unfortunate fate of this asshole macho cop cross her path.
The deputy, Sean Andrews, accused her of talking on her cell phone. She said she could prove him wrong.
He said she was speeding. She denied it and got out of the van. He told her to get back in. She did, then he ordered her back out.
He yanked her out by the arm, knocked her down with two Taser shots and charged her with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. His rationale on the disorderly conduct charge: She obstructed traffic when she got out of the van. The speeding accusation: going 50 mph in a 45-mph zone.
The scene along Hopkins Road in Salina on the afternoon of Jan. 31 was captured by a camera on the dashboard of Andrews' patrol car. Harmon, 38, says the video is proof of police brutality.
Yes, the video is proof of police brutality, so click the story link above, and watch the it.
There's no sound, however, you can clearly see that Ms. Harmon was, hardly, presenting herself as a threat to this cretin cop.
There is nothing visible that indicates the use of a taser gun was needed.
I suppose, Ms. Harmon is lucky, in that, if he didn't have a taser, he may have shot her death, all over a bullshit traffic stop (which the local DA dropped the charges), and a citizen expressing her rights.
Thursday, August 13, 2009