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Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

David Anthony Cross died after being taisered in jail last weekend. Enough!
STOP TASER ABUSE IN SANTA CRUZ

What are sheriff’s deputies doing tasering an unarmed man in jail?

According to Sentinel reports, on September 18th, Santa Cruz Sheriff Robbins’ Deputies tasered* David Anthony Cross inside the Santa Cruz County Jail, alleged to “control? him after he began banging his head on the cell door and “acting irrationally.? The five second “stun? charge of 50,000 volts was applied directly to his shoulder “once or twice? rather than at a distance, according to Lt. Phil Wowak.

Cross stopped breathing, lost consciousness, and never regained it. His family was notified of his death Sunday night, but not that he’d been hospitalized.

The sheriff’s videotapes of the tasering and death have not been released. Nor have the names of the tasering officers.

On September 20th, the same day the Sentinel released the story, county pathologist Richard Mason after an autopsy ruled the death “accidental?, apparently rejecting the alternative categories of natural, accidental, suicide, homicide, pending, and undetermined.

According to Coroner’s Deputy Steve Plasket “Cross lost the ability to breathe due to chest compression during the restraint…went into cardiopulmonary arrest, then anoxic encephalopathy, or lack of oxygen to the brain.? The death certificates contributing causes of hypertensive heart disease and obesity (Cross weighed 260 pounds). Amphetamine was found in Cross’s system, but could not be determined as a contributing cause without further testing. Taser use is not listed as a contributing cause to his death.

In April, Santa Cruz Mayor Mike Rotkin refused to direct the police department to open its records regarding taser use. On September 24th, a Public Records Act request was filed with the City, seeking to determine how widespread police use of tasers is.

Taser is acronym for “Thomas A. Swift’s Electrical Rifle?

Call Sheriff Robbins to Stop Taser use Now !: 454-2414

Call the Supervisors to Demand an Independent Investigation: 454-2200

Call Mayor Rotkin to Stop SCPD Use of Tasers: 420-5023


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Bad Cop, No Donut! - September 22/2005
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Re: Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

Why aren't all police records open by default? What do they have to hide? I thought they worked for us.
 

Re: Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

Great idea, instead of tasers, cops can just go back to shooting them dead right away.

Thanks, no - I'd rather be tasered than shot any day of the week.
 

Re: Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

Any cases of cops dying when they have to be tasered to be certified? With all of them that must have gone through it, maybe even more than once, there should be. This could be the smoking gun...uhm....i mean arcing gun.
 

Re: Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

"Any cases of cops dying when they have to be tasered to be certified? With all of them that must have gone through it, maybe even more than once, there should be. This could be the smoking gun...uhm....i mean arcing gun."

Most of the people who have died "because" of tasering were either 300 pounds, on crack, or both... As it stands, tasering is generally quite non-fatal and probably produces less casualties than getting hit upside the head with a baton... And it's just a guess it's less fatal than a 9mm .45 caliber double tap to the chest (which is how police are taught to shoot).
 

Re: Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

You guys just don't get it.
Taser was sold to us as a replacement for the gun.
ie; to be used when a gun would be used

Taser was NOT SOLD to us as a replacement for a back hand slap!

Now we have kids all over the US getting Tasered in school and adults getting tasered because they question authority and do not get out of their autos right away when requested. This is BS can't you all see it? Guess not...
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* Until we realize that it is the right and left that is being used to cull us we will not wake from this sleep until it is too late.
 

Re: Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

"This is BS can't you all see it? Guess not..."

No, it's not - the taser is used as a replacement of force - in cases where the taser is used, it's not necessarily to replace a gun - it's so that both the cop and the suspect do not have to suffer permanent physical injury...

Do you realize that very few people have actually died as a result of tasering? it's an exceptional case when someone dies, otherwise people who would have otherwise have force (in the form of a baton, or worse) are instead given a disabling shock, with little likelhood of permanent damage?

You're expecting perfection from a device that is used to physically incapacitate - as it stands, this is the best device police have to work with.
 

Speak Up Against Local Torture

Troll growling notwithstanding, I have no apologies for calling on people to demand a stop in taser use until there's an independent investigation here. Call the numbers suggested, early and often.

As for the ever-anonymous n5667's indulgent view of tasers, perhaps it's just news media failure (a real possibility), but you don't hear of many people dying in police custody from physical force (other than shootings) which hasn't involved tasering.

Does the bashful n5667 actually have the stats on the tasering deaths of the last five years that document his special pleading for police that victims were either "300 lbs. or on crack"?
Show 'em if you got 'em.

Since tasers can be bought by anyone, if someone wants to volunteer one, perhaps we can set up a "Taser Manhood Test" outside the County Building, challenging these big bold deputies to "try a little tasering" themselves.

If half a dozen deputies can't control an inmate without using torture devices inside a locked cell, the sheriff needs to resign.

I also invite folks who have suffered other kinds of brutality (including masking, isolation, denial of phone access, beating, theft of their funds or property, being handcuffed and legcuffed inside jail, etc.) to post their experiences.

Amnesty International expressed its concerns about tasering in a lengthy report at web.amnesty.org/library/index/engamr511392004

The intro to the AI report follows:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Excessive and lethal force? Amnesty International’s concerns about deaths and ill-treatment involving police use of tasers


Introduction and summary

"I asked Borden to lift up his foot to remove the shorts, but he was being combative and refused. I dry stunned Borden in the lower abdominal area … We got Borden into the booking area. Borden was still combative and uncooperative. I dried [sic] stunned Borden in the buttocks area…" After the final shock, the officer "noticed that Borden was no longer responsive and his face was discoloured." (extract from officer’s statement on James Borden, a mentally disturbed man being booked into an Indiana jail.)(1)

James Borden was arrested in a disoriented state in November 2003 and died shortly after the administration of the last of six electro-shocks, delivered while his hands were reportedly cuffed behind his back. The medical examiner released a statement listing cause of death as a heart attack, drug intoxication and electrical shock. James Borden is one of thousands of individuals shocked with stun devices by US law enforcement agents each year as a growing number of agencies move to adopt such weapons.

More than 5,000 US law enforcement agencies are currently deploying tasers, dart-firing electro-shock weapons designed to cause instant incapacitation by delivering a 50,000 volt shock. Tasers are hand-held electronic stun guns which fire two barbed darts up to a distance of 21 feet, which remain attached to the gun by wires. The fish-hook like darts are designed to penetrate up to two inches of the target’s clothing or skin and deliver a high-voltage, low amperage, electro-shock along insulated copper wires. Although they were first introduced in the 1970s, the take-up rate for tasers has increased enormously in recent years, with the marketing of powerful "new generation" models such as the M26 Advanced Taser and the Taser X26. Both fire darts which strike the subject from a distance or, as in James Borden’s case, can be applied directly to the skin as a stun gun.

The manufacturers and law enforcement agencies deploying tasers maintain that they are a safer alternative to many conventional weapons in controlling dangerous or combative individuals. Some police departments claim that injuries to officers and suspects, as well as deaths from police firearms, have fallen since their introduction.

Amnesty International acknowledges the importance of developing non-lethal or "less than lethal" force options to decrease the risk of death or injury inherent in the use of firearms or other impact weapons such as batons. However, the use of stun technology in law enforcement raises a number of concerns for the protection of human rights. Portable and easy to use, with the capacity to inflict severe pain at the push of a button without leaving substantial marks, electro-shock weapons are particularly open to abuse by unscrupulous officials, as the organization has documented in numerous cases around the world.(2)
Although US law enforcement agencies stress that training and in-built product safeguards (such as chips which can record the time and date of each taser firing) minimize the potential for abuse, Amnesty International believes that these safeguards do not go far enough. There have been disturbing reports of inappropriate or abusive use of tasers in various US jurisdictions, sometimes involving repeated cycles of electro-shocks.

There is also evidence to suggest that, far from being used to avoid lethal force, many US police agencies are deploying tasers as a routine force option to subdue non-compliant or disturbed individuals who do not pose a serious danger to themselves or others. In some departments, tasers have become the most prevalent force tool. They have been used against unruly schoolchildren; unarmed mentally disturbed or intoxicated individuals; suspects fleeing minor crime scenes and people who argue with police or fail to comply immediately with a command. Cases described in this report include the stunning of a 15-year-old schoolgirl in Florida, following a dispute on a bus, and a 13- year-old girl in Arizona, who threw a book in a public library.

In many such instances, the use of electro-shock weapons appears to have violated international standards prohibiting torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment as well as standards set out under the United Nations (UN) Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials and the Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials. These require that force should be used as a last resort and that officers must apply only the minimum amount of force necessary to obtain a lawful objective. They also provide that all use of force must be proportionate to the threat posed as well as designed to avoid unwarranted pain or injury.

International standards encourage the development of non-lethal incapacitating weapons for law enforcement "for use in appropriate situations, with a view to increasingly restraining the application of means capable of causing death or injury to persons" but state that such weapons must be "carefully evaluated" and their use "carefully controlled".(3) Amnesty International believes that this standard has not been met with regard to tasers, despite their increasing use across the country.

Amnesty International is further concerned by the growing number of fatalities involving police tasers. Since 2001, more than 70 people are reported to have died in the USA and Canada after being struck by M26 or X26 tasers, with the numbers rising each year. While coroners have tended to attribute such deaths to other factors (such as drug intoxication), some medical experts question whether the taser shocks may exacerbate a risk of heart failure in cases where persons are agitated, under the influence of drugs, or have underlying health problems such as heart disease. In at least five recent cases, coroners have found the taser directly contributed to the death, along with other factors such as drug abuse and heart disease. As discussed below, the death toll heightens Amnesty International’s concern about the safety of stun weapons and the lack of rigorous, independent testing as to their medical effects.

This report includes a review by Amnesty International of information on 74 taser-involved deaths, based on a range of sources, including autopsy reports in 21 cases. Most of those who died were unarmed men who, while displaying disturbed or combative behaviour, did not appear to present a serious threat to the lives or safety of others. Yet many were subjected to extreme levels of force, including repeated taser discharges and in some cases dangerous restraint techniques such as "hogtying" (shackling an individual by the wrists and ankles behind their back). The cases raise serious concern about the overall levels of force deployed by some police agencies as well the safety of tasers.

Tasers have been described by many police departments as "filling a niche" on the force scale.(4) However, Amnesty International is concerned that deployment of tasers, rather than minimizing the use of force, may dangerously extend the boundaries of what are considered "acceptable" levels of force. While the organization concedes that there may be limited circumstances under which tasers might be considered an alternative to deadly force, there is evidence to suggest that measures such as stricter controls and training on the use of force and firearms can be more effective in reducing unnecessary deaths or injuries (see below, page 9).

In its recommendations, contained at the end of the report, Amnesty International is reiterating its call on federal, state and local authorities and law enforcement agencies to suspend all transfers and use of electro-shock weapons, pending an urgent rigorous, independent and impartial inquiry into their use and effects.

Where US law enforcement agencies refuse to suspend tasers, the organization is recommending that their use of tasers is strictly limited to situations where the alternative under international standards would be deadly force, with detailed reporting and monitoring procedures.
 

Re: Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

To drug free:

I think people that advocate the death penalty as a solution to social problems, as you did, should be shot. I'm not advocating that someone shoot you drug free... I'm merely stating that if everyone that justifies killing all got together and shot themselves, that i would not object.
 

Re: Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

"Since tasers can be bought by anyone, if someone wants to volunteer one, perhaps we can set up a "Taser Manhood Test" outside the County Building, challenging these big bold deputies to "try a little tasering" themselves."

Any LEO who carries a taser must be certified and trained with it - and that includes being tasered.
 

Re: Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

Regardless, I tire of R.Norse's tired insults of accusing anyone who dares disagree with his omniscient views a troll.

So... toodles
 

Clarification and Update

I wasn't calling n5667 a troll, just a person who declines to give a true name. Which, to me, affects his/her credibility.

The "I apologize" post falsely issued under my name was the "troll" post.

I'm quite happy to see disagreement and discussion.

Even happier to hear that folks are calling in to demand a suspension of taser use until questions are answered. The numbers above still work, if folks want to call in.

Last night at City Council, I raised the taser issue at City Council during Oral Communciations. and repeated my request for info about money spent, extent of use, investigation into harm, and other issues around tasers--which I'd formally requested on September 23rd in the Public Records Act request.

Councilmember Ed Porter said that the City's pro-police substitute for real independent citizen review, the City Council's Public Safety Committee, had held three hearings on tasers.

Hopefully the public records act request will loose some public records on this issue, such as local police procedures for using them, which, Porter assures me, are "easily available from the SCPD."

Porter hasn't returned a phone call from me in five years, but perhaps others can be more successful. He can be reached (at his council office) at 423-5024.

Rotkin, who is also on the "Public Safety Committee", can be reaced at 423-5023.

I called both Councilmembers today and left a message renewing my request for this info.
It might be helpful if others made the same request.
 

Re: Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

Sorry for the misunderstanding then, Norse... however I've never been thrilled to give out my name online, so don't take it personally.

I won't deny that people have died from taser usage, and that it can be harmful - my point through all of this is what alternative is better?

Tasers do less harm than batons and bullets, so until there's a better method out there, why don't we utilize the one that does the least harm to the suspect?
 

More on tasering

Proper monitored use of tasers, I agree, is preferible to shooting and beating.

However, given the lack of police accountability locally and nationally, the problem is that tasers are misused--sometimes lethally so.

I suspect that police use of lethal force is more closely monitored than use of tasers. It's also easier and more tempting to hit people at a distance.

How frequently is tasering done in jail? How many times have tasers been used by the SCPD and the local Sheriffs? On non-violent but non-compliant suspects?

Are tasers being used to mete out pain and punishment to encourage obedience?

Are they being used (as shots to the groin) as instruments of torture?

Suspension of taser use pending answers to these and similar questions as well as public hearings into the issue is not an unreasonable demand.



For those interested in a defense of police use of tasers, check out:

www.policeone.com/writers/columnists/ForceScience/articles/94508/

A Chronicle story airing several perspectives (though weighted in favor of taser use):
www.mindfully.org/Technology/2004/Taser-Police-ACLU26sep04.htm

For those who share my concerns, note "US: Torture by Taser" at

www.corpwatch.org/article.php
 

Tasers Killed Over 100 People

tasers are lethal weapons and have already killed hella people. all of the san jose pigs are now equipped with them. now the pigs have an easier excuse to use violence against people because tasers are not considered lethal by the mainstream.
mike rotkin is aint no communist and aint no progressive. how long has he been on city council for? please, hes a pawn for the system, he was mayor when they opened the santa cruz police station rite infront of louden nelson community center.
 

Re: Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

Hmm, how about all of the cops in the Santa Cruz area take a month off. Let there be anarchy for 30 straight days.

What do you think about that Robert?

Will the homeless, hippes, and wingnuts survive? or will troll baseball come back with a fury?

You all hate cops, but you call them when someone has victimized YOU?

Tazers are not deadly, and if they were, do you think that that panty waist Sheriff Steve Robbins would allow them? He can't even populate his office with qualified deputies and supervisors.
 

Re: Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

"How frequently is tasering done in jail? How many times have tasers been used by the SCPD and the local Sheriffs? On non-violent but non-compliant suspects?"

There's a very thin line between violent and non-compliant... And quite frankly if someone is non-compliant then LEOs have no recourse but to use force to ensure compliance... And tasers are - in most cases - the easiest and safest method.
 

Re: Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

" by Lailo
tasers are lethal weapons and have already killed hella people. all of the san jose pigs are now equipped with them. now the pigs have an easier excuse to use violence against people because tasers are not considered lethal by the mainstream.
mike rotkin is aint no communist and aint no progressive. how long has he been on city council for? please, hes a pawn for the system, he was mayor when they opened the santa cruz police station rite infront of louden nelson community center. "

Tasers are classified as less-lethal, not non-lethal... This means that they are not designed to kill, but on rare occasions it can occur.

But Lailo, next time you encounter the police - and with that mature and measured disposition of yours, I'm willing to bet you'll prefer getting tasered to being beat with a baton.
 

Re: Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

After reading all of the posts, one thing remains clear. If the police want to arrest you, go along with them and fight the case in court. If you just give up, they won't beat, tazer, or shoot you. If they do, that's a whole other issue.

If you fight, they are going to kick you ass, tazer you, or ultimately shoot you if you are a big enough threat.

Don't fight the cops. you won't get hurt.
 

The Issue

The question is whether tasers are safe for use, considering the temptation to use them to punish or unnecessarily disable those--some of whom die after the tasering.

At a different level, the question is do we want or need to give an unaccountabile police force more firepower? Do they need more violent weapons to menace and disable people in The Drug Prohibition War (which seems to be a significant portion of their activities these days).

Have questions about the dangerousness of tasers been adequately resolved? Or even looked into at the local level?

Call the numbers above to exert pressure so that this might be done.
 

Re: Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

"At a different level, the question is do we want or need to give an unaccountabile police force more firepower? Do they need more violent weapons to menace and disable people in The Drug Prohibition War (which seems to be a significant portion of their activities these days)."

The people elect the sheriff, and the citizens of Santa Cruz elect the people who fund the police, and select the chief of police. The control is there, Robert - the problem is that most of the electorate does not share your perception of what the police are. If they did they could do something about it (and if they choose not to, then I have no sympathy).

In addition, that drug prohibition war can go away at anytime - it similarly needs an electorate that doesn't support it.

As it stands, I actually know quite a few LEOs, as I interact with them fairly regularly with my job, and I can tell you that their goal is not generally to menace people.

Anywho - people like to complain about how broken are system is, and it's not broken, the electorate is.
 

Re: Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

"Anywho - people like to complain about how broken are system is, and it's not broken, the electorate is."
This society exists as an electorate because it lives in a certain social system. The above statement assumes that society (the electorate) is somehow separate from the social system that people live in and reproduce. But perhaps this is assuming too much about the idea of system. Perhaps what was intended was not to point to the existence of capitalism or representative democracy. Perhaps system means more specifically the laws and regulations we live with. In this case, wouldn't a more enlightened and less broken electorate create a different system? in which case it can at most be said that BOTH the electorate and the system are broken. So, this contradiction is created by the meaningless (at least in this case) distinction between the electorate and the system. In fact, the whole concept rests on the ridiculous assumption that people simply create some system for themselves as if by some sort of social contract, and if they do not in some way exemplify the free bourgeois rational agents of democracy. . . they must be "broken." And of course this has nothing to do with the social system in which they live. This assumption is behind almost every argument on indymedia, between conservatives and leftists. Ideologically, of course, the right and left wings of capital MUST share this assumption. On the left, there is talk that the reason things are bad is that psychopaths run the country, people are not informed, and cops use excessive force. Of course this can only be countered by hard-nosed conservative babble that is never called out for its illogic, precisely because the left shares this very same, very moral logic. It is altogether hilarious to hear the above poster assure us that the pigs he knows don't have menacing people as their goal. Did it ever occur to you that what is far worse is that "menacing people" is part of their job, whether or not they appear to you to be imbued with a strong sense of morality?
 

Re: Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

"Did it ever occur to you that what is far worse is that "menacing people" is part of their job, whether or not they appear to you to be imbued with a strong sense of morality?"

Is it indeed, that would be a matter of perception. I've never been menaced by a cop, and I've had encounters with them when I was not entirely on the right side of the law.

They are imbued with the same sense of morality as you and I - cops are not, in general, terribly different than other people. Granted you like to call them pigs, because it allows you to further your us vs. them mentality; and somehow convince yourself that cops are somehow a different breed of human.

Regardless, our system is set up in such a way that people are allowed a great deal of freedom; alas there are those few who whine about the system being broken because they are too spoiled and self-centered to realize that in a democracy you can't always get what you want...

As I said, there's nothing stopping the electorate from voting in the communists to power, there's nothing to prevent them from changings the manner in which the police operate...

...You know what's broken? The majority as a whole prefers capitalism, it approves of the police - and alas, sinse that majority dare disagree with your omniscience, something must be wrong.
 

Re: Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

Mr. Norse, Instead of preaching that the cops are evil, why not preach for people to follow the law and not to fight the law officers on the street. People should go peacefully then hire a scumbag attorney to do the fighting...and there are plenty in Santa Cruz.

This Sheriff's Office is dangerous. Robbins is promoting people who at best, below standard officers. Most of which have little or no street experience, and they are leading a group of deputies who cannot get hired anywhere else. Next time you have occasion to talk to Sheriff Robbins, ask him what the avarage amount of training time a new deputy receives. 16 weeks is the standard in most areas of California, but the new Officers in that department are at the 32 week level...dosen't that tell you something?

These are the people who you are trying to take away a less lethal option from and will resport to lethal force because they are substandard officers. Then these substandard officers would be investigated by substandard supervisors. You see a pattern here.

If anything, you should try to disarm the sheriff's office and allow them to only use the tazer as a last resort force option. There are a bunch of numbnuts leading a bunch of numbnuts.
 

Re: Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

Mr. Cardenas, you said "This Sheriff's Office is dangerous. Robbins is promoting people who at best, below standard officers. Most of which have little or no street experience, and they are leading a group of deputies who cannot get hired anywhere else. Next time you have occasion to talk to Sheriff Robbins, ask him what the avarage amount of training time a new deputy receives. 16 weeks is the standard in most areas of California, but the new Officers in that department are at the 32 week level...dosen't that tell you something?" ..... can you explain where you got your information? By the way, a majority of the police academy's in northern California are 22 week academy's, followed by a 16 weeks of field training. So are you talking about academy alone, or field training, or a combination. Either way, your information is wrong. Personally, I think the more training the better. Last but not least for this entire topic... Is anyone on here educated in how electricity works on the human body? It's ampage that effects it, not volts/watts. Tazers pack a enourmous FIVE AMPS. Yeah, not enough to even make your hear skip a beat. Okay, on the other side of this, I agree the tazers should be further studied, but only so they can be "proven" non-lethal. This is just like the outcry of OC spray (pepper spray) from the 80's, when everyone thought it was cruel and unusual, and it caused peaople to die... blah blah blah. This is will pass soon enough and we can all get on the next topic... the new military microwave gun. Now THAT shit is scary!
 

Still Getting the Run Around at City Hall

My September 24th Public Records Act request received a response several weeks ago that they had "no records" re: SCPD General Orders on the use of tasers.

I advised City Clerk Leslie Cook, who sent me the letter, when I saw her at City Council meeting last Tuesday, that the request was directed to the City Manager, who controls (through the police chief) the SCPD. She said she'd look into it.

Yesterday she insisted that I had to go to the SCPD and file my request there. I told her this could result in another 10 day delay (the time given public officials to respond to Public Records Act requests).

Further I pointed out that Councilmember Ed Porter, who warms a chair on the Public Safety Committee (which "oversees" the SCPD), had acknowledged in the minutes of a spring meeting, receiving a copy of the tasesr General Order.

I suggested that rather than my running to the police department for another wait (and possible run-around), they could pick up the phone, say they'd received a request, were now nearly two weeks overdue on making a legitimate reply, and need another copy of the General Orders. Leslie insisted this "was not her job", that their staff was "overworked", that the order might be "not available to the public", etc.

Somewhat pissed, I spoke to Assistant City Manager Martin Bernal, who also wanted to shunt me off to the SCPD. I told him that if he didn't want to use the phone or fax to obtain a simple piece of public information, which I'd requested nearly four weeks ago, he would be given a new Public Records Act requesting he search through the e-mail of Ed Porter to find the missing taser order.

No response from Bernal yet.

It makes me wonder, however, since the minutes to the Public Safety Committee indicate they have been discussing tasers (AFTER they were provided to the police apparently), just what the problem is with letting the public see the orders.

While Watsonville has recently released its police department's orders, the Sentinel, though carrying several significant stories about three taserings hasn't mentioned the Santa Cruz policy.

All general police orders should be available in hard form in the library instead of costing the public money and delay.

Some police orders are posted on line, thanks to Copwatch organizer Thomas Belote, at www.huffsantacruz.org .

Call our good friend and strikemaker Mike Rotkin (two weeks of striking to call a Metro Transit Board meeting?!) at 420-5023 to get the latest info on what records the city is or isn't releasing. Power never yielded anything without a demand.
 

Re: Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

The training I was talking about did not include the academy. The standard field training program is 16 weeks. Trainees at the Sheriff's Office cannot pass that program and need to be extended. In that case, the more training is not always better, it's trying to teach someone who does not quite get it....

Most of the good cops go away fromt hat agency. Ask Sheriff Robbins about that while you are at it.
 

Re: Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

For general info on tasering on indymedia, see santacruz.indymedia.org/mod/comments/update/index.php
 

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