The recent incident in which a UCLA student was stunned with a Taser raised by campus police officers many questions, but mainly highlighted the growing culture of violence that is creeping into our societies. The constant images of violence on TV and in videogames have desensitized many people to the reality of human pain and suffering. This explains why so many people are indifferent to wars and their destruction.
Watch video of the UCLA incident. It is very disturbing.
United Press International, 11/17/06
A U.S. Muslim organization has called for a probe into the shooting of a UCLA student with tasers.
The Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR-LA, issued a plea Thursday for an independent investigation of the incident Tuesday when Mostafa Tabatabainjead, a UCLA student, was shot repeatedly with taser stun gun shocks by campus police. The entire incident was captured on video.
CAIR-LA said UCLA students had "expressed their concern" to it about possible civil rights violations by police officers in the affair.
CAIR-LA said Tabatabainejad was asked to leave a computer lab after he failed to produce a student ID during a random check. While Tabatabainejad was being shot, he told the officers firing the tasers that he had a medical condition.
In a statement, CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said: ""It is hard to see the justification for repeatedly using pain-inducing weapons on a person who was apparently not a threat to any officer or student."
"We call on state and national authorities, including the FBI, to launch an independent investigation of this disturbing incident," Ayloush said. "Given the circumstances involved, only an outside, independent probe will ensure that the civil rights aspects of this case are being taken seriously and will be addressed in an impartial manner." (MORE)
UCLA STUDENT STUNNED BY TASER PLANS SUIT
Stuart Silverstein, Los Angeles Times, 11/17/06
- Hussam Ayloush
- Hussam has been a lifelong human rights activist who is passionate about promoting democratic societies, in the US and worldwide, in which all people, including immigrants, workers, minorities, and the poor enjoy freedom, justice, economic justice, respect, and equality. Mr. Ayloush frequently lectures on Islam, media relations, civil rights, hate crimes and international affairs. He has consistently appeared in local, national, and international media. Full biography at: http://hussamayloush.blogspot.com/2006/08/biography-of-hussam-ayloush.html