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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Don't Taser Legless African Americans in Wheelchairs!


See the video at the link below and pray for this victim and the officers.

Most police officers would never do such a thing, I believe: See the YouTube VIDEO at this link:

PLEASE DON'T TASER 78-YEAR-OLD CITIZENS AS SEEN IN THE VIDEO AT THE LINK BELOW. Some seniors have Alzheimer's and might not understand police orders or may fail to respond appropriately. Some senior citizens have hearing impediments. Have compassion, please!

This is unusual coming from a human rights advocate, but I advocate for increased salaries for police officers. I feel that will help resolve some of the police brutality issues. Too many police officers must work two jobs. They work in high stress situations every day dealing with the public. Police officers need more vacation time and pay increases sufficient for them to only work one job and report to work fresh.

If law officers were compensated sufficiently to only work one job, they might be better able to evaluate situations and take appropriate action - not react with overuse of force because they are tired and cranky!

Over 350 people have been killed by Tasers. Senior citizens and wheelchair-bound people are fragile. It is shocking to see elders and invalids being manhandled and Tasered by police officers; however, these occurrences are becoming disturbingly more common. The DOJ should conduct a study to determine whether the majority of officers involved in overuse of force situations work one job or two. That might help them get pay raises and more vacation time. One study suggested that police officers should routinely be brought off the street for desk duty to relieve them of tension.

Steroid use is unfortunately high among some law enforcement officers. Those who fire weapons - Tasers or firearms - should have immediate drug tests. They may need help getting over some addiction that impairs their ability to assess danger. Certainly, neither the 78-yr-old or the double amputee in the videos at the links above posed a danger to officers that was worthy of risking killing either the handicapped man or the elderly citizen.

What do you think of these suggestions? I addressed them more fully in an article at my Care2 blog months ago. Improved salaries for police officers would also help recruit high caliber candidates, and officers already on the force might care more about keeping their jobs and keeping their records free of citizens' complaints to obtain generous raises. Firefighters and police officers perform a vital community service, but ultimately, PEOPLE WORK FOR MONEY. The more money people make, the more they care about doing a good job and keeping the jobs they have.

Yes! I advocate for police officers, too. Although most of them may not recognize it, they, too, are in the slave class. All who live on salaries or fixed incomes rather than dividend checks are under-appreciated and often under-compensated. Police officers encounter much risk to capture suspects. The suspects who are subsequently sentenced to prison then generate substantial profits for elite prison investors - up to $50,000 per inmate per year, sometimes for 30 or 40 years. More criminal justice revenue should go to the men and women who risk their lives and limbs making the arrests that bring in the human commodities.

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. ~Matthew 25:40

The film and comments are at this link, also, but the link stopped working for me. Not unusual:
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Thanks for your interest! Your feedback is invited in the comments area below, or you may email me at

Mary Neal

Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill


Ricardo Chappe said...

Thank you Mary for this. It is the world most of us do not know.
The best.

Mary said...

Thank you for reading and commenting on the article, Ricardo. You are correct in assessing that the incidents in this article are uncommon, but they are on the rise.

The amputee in the video said he had no criminal record. I doubt if the 78-year-old in the second video had either. Earlier this summer, an 80-year-old woman was thrown to the ground and had her head cracked by police officers on a Wal-Mart parking lot. Before that, a 72-year-old great grandmother was Tasered by Texas police after being stopped for speeding. A young Louisiana mother was Tasered by police officers when she became hysterical when informed that her baby was murdered at the babysitter's home. I doubt if any of those people had previous experience with police.

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