Student Tazed Several Times for Not Presenting ID Card
A video apparently showing a UCLA student being tasered by University of California Police Department (UCPD) officers has found its way onto YouTube.
According to a report on the university's Daily Bruin, the incident occured at around 11.30 pm on Tuesday when security officers at the Powell Library CLICC computer lab "asked a male student using a computer in the back of the room to leave when he was unable to produce a BruinCard during a random check".
When he didn't immediately vacate the building, the security operatives returned with police officers to escort him from the premises. The Daily Bruin continues: "By this time the student had begun to walk toward the door with his backpack when an officer approached him and grabbed his arm, at which point the student told the officer to let him go. A second officer then approached the student as well.
"The student began to yell 'get off me', repeating himself several times.
"It was at this point that the officers shot the student with a Taser for the first time, causing him to fall to the floor and cry out in pain. The student also told the officers he had a medical condition."
The video shows the tasered ne'er-do-well shouting "Here's your Patriot Act, here's your fucking abuse of power", while refusing to get up. Shortly thereafter, the cops tasered him a second time for his trouble.
Students who protested at the treatment were themselves threatened to keep their distance or cop a tasering. Laila Gordy, "a fourth-year economics student who was present in the library during the incident", claimed officers threatened to zap her "when she asked an officer for his name and his badge number."
Eyewitness David Remesnitsky said of the incident: "It was the most disgusting and vile act I had ever seen in my life."
UCPD officers later confirmed that the man at the receiving end of the righteous tasering was a student, but didn't name him or give any further details. theregister.co.uk