Our plan, to track all incidents of taser torture against black folks....

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Friday, October 3, 2008

15 Year Old Hurricane Ike Survivor - Tasered While Black By Tyler Texas Police

TWB Publisher Says: What the hell is going on in Tyler Texas?

As reported by KVIA.com As Hurricane Ike blew through Texas last month -- a different kind of storm was brewing inside a former Wal-Mart in Tyler. The site was hastily converted into a shelter for evacuees.

The Associated Press reports the building, which had been vacant for two years, quickly became a cauldron of tension. About 1,600 people were crammed into a structure with a leaky roof, few indoor bathrooms and almost no privacy. Fights soon broke out, and one ended after Tyler police allegedly used pepper spray on dozens of evacuees and a Taser on a 15-year-old boy. Accounts of what happened in the building were drawn from interviews and public records obtained by AP.

Tyler officials stand by their actions, saying they acted properly.

A spokeswoman for Governor Rick Perry says the state provides buses, police and military support, but shelter decisions are made by local officials.

Days before Ike hit the Gulf Coast on September 13th, more than 3,000 Beaumont residents were taken by bus to Tyler.

Tyler had told the state it could accommodate only about half that number. More HERE

What We Think About Taser Abuse

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Taser misuse has led to controversy across the country.

Tasered While Black.

We are not against taser use as an alternative to deadly force. We are however against taser abuse by police who would use of a taser on the young, elderly, pregnant or physically frail; people offering passive, rather than active resistance; and restrained prisoners.

The publisher of this blog is available to conduct presentations on the issue of taser use for police agencies, governmental bodies, and groups in the U.S. and abroad.

Contact him via email at: tasedwhileblack@gmail.com

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