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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Abuse of authority by police

According to the bible, everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Romans 13:1. However, what happens when people in power abuse that authority? From this abuse of authority, comes the infamous "police brutality."

Police brutality is a term used to describe any excessive and unnecessary physical force, assault, or battery used by law enforcement officials when dealing with the public. Section 42 of The United States Code states that "... any person working under the authority of a state law enforcement body who violates the civil rights of individuals in the U.S. is liable to pay for any damages they cause."

Police agencies have been given a new way to express their aggressions towards the public, without the fear of killing so many, or so they thought. The invention of the taser has created a new way for the police to over power the public, and the use of taser is increasing in alarming numbers.

The name Taser is an acronym for "Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle". Arizona inventor Jack Cover designed it in 1969; naming it for the science fiction teenage inventor and adventurer character Tom Swift.

Modern taser-type weapons fire small dart-like electrodes with attached metal wires that connect to the gun, propelled by small gas charges similar to some air rifle propellants. The maximum range is up to 10 meters (30 feet). Earlier models of Taser needed the dart-like electrodes to embed in the skin and superficial muscle tissues layers; newer versions of the projectiles use a shaped pulse/arc of electricity which disrupt nerve and muscle function without needing the metal prongs on the projectile to penetrate the skin. Early models had difficulty in penetrating thick clothing, but the ‘pulse’ models are designed to bring down a subject wearing up to a Level III body armor vest.

There are some widely known cases of police brutality, but there are thousands more that never receive nationwide media attention. Any time a police officer abuses his or her authority and inflicts undue suffering on any person it is an affront to not only the victim of the pain, but to society as a whole.

Our latest client was so proud that he was going to fix his son’s car, that he decided to go to a 24 hour auto part store, in retrospect, this was a mistake. He was eventually tased several times and he had to be hospitalized because he developed a fatal cardiac condition, atrial fibrillation. From a proud moment to shameful and fatal consequences, his case is one of thousands that teaches us a lesson: the people we depend on to protect us from criminal aggressors should never become the aggressors themselves.

If you or some one you know has been a victim of police brutality, please contact The Baez Law Firm, P.C. We have experienced police brutality lawyers that will handle your case with respect and dignity. Please contact us at our websites: or call us at (210) 979-9777 for a free initial consultation.

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