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Monday, November 9, 2009

Americans Fighting Against Taser Torture

Across America people are beginning to raise voices against taser abuse and taser torture.

As an example, there is a rally scheduled against police brutality as reported by Megan Rolland at the Gainsville Sun. A newly formed Alachua Committee Against Brutality is holding an event Tuesday at 5 p.m. for people to speak out against police brutality. The organization was spurred in response to an altercation Halloween night where a Gainesville police officer used his Taser gun on an individual and witnesses on the street responded by attacking the officer. Hundreds of people were attending a block party on NW 8th Street just north of University Avenue when police arrived after 1 a.m. on November 1.

Five people were arrested on charges ranging from assaulting an officer to open container violations. Two of those arrested are from Alachua County and will be present at the event Tuesday.

“We are a group of concerned local citizens who believe that this case is just one highly-publicized incident in a pattern of corruption, arrogance, bias and violence displayed by members of the Gainesville Police Department,” wrote Alexandra Weiss in a media release for the new committee.

Lt. Keith Kameg with the Gainesville Police Department said the use of the Taser in this instance was within the department’s guidelines. According to the arrest report, the officer deployed his Taser after the suspect attempted to hit him.

At least one witness to the event said she never saw the suspect throw a punch.

Weiss, who is helping organizing the event, said one important purpose of the protest is to gather information and evidence that can be used to get the charges against the five suspects dropped. More HERE

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