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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Handcuffed woman schocked twice by cop

Associated Press- Police cruiser and city administrators said that the latest Taser incident shows a male police officer jolting a 38-year-old woman at least twice: both before and after she was handcuffed. The video shows her falling face-first onto the pavement and being knocked unconscious.
The officer's report said the woman had kicked out a rear window in his cruiser and had tried to crawl into the front seat. She was being transferred to another police car when she was shot with a Taser. The woman said she was left with bruises and impaired vision. The police officer was suspended.
42 USC § 1983 comes to mind with incidents like this one. It does not have to be Rodney King style beating for a citizen to qualify for it. The statute is clear, "every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding..."
There is unknown whether the woman will seek compensation from the police department.


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