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Friday, August 14, 2009

Inmates in the US - Tasered While Handcuffed or Restrained

Another reason for congressional hearings on Taser Torture In America - A Call For Congressional Hearings.

As reported by the LA Times, The U.S. Department of Justice is conducting an investigation into Orange County's troubled jail system, examining a decade's worth of allegations that deputies mistreated inmates and used excessive force to keep control.

Orange County jail

Officials from the department's Civil Rights Division are seeking to determine whether incidents of violence by jail personnel amount to a pattern of violating inmates' rights, the Sheriff's Department confirmed.

The Orange County district attorney criticized deputies earlier this year for a "code of silence" that he said hampered prosecutors' ability to investigate possible criminal activities.

Among recent cases: An inmate was stomped to death by fellow prisoners after a deputy allegedly told them falsely that the man was a child molester. A county grand jury later criticized the Sheriff's Department for trying to impede the investigation into the death and concluded that there was evidence of rampant abuse at the Theo Lacy Jail in Orange.

The department has also been criticized for using Taser stun guns on handcuffed or restrained inmates. More HERE

Yet another reason why black bloggers have called for 'Congressional Taser Torture Hearings. Visit the Electronic Village, afrospear blog, NewsOne, Electrocuted While Black, Tasered While Black and this blog for more insight into the tasing of black folks in America. As tasers turn out to be America's 21st Century whips of terror.

UPDATE Now we learn another man was killed yesterday by taser.


Yes, just another Case for holding Congressional Hearing on Tasers.

Get this, according to GWDToday, Ernest Ridelhuber collapsed and died at the scene after being tasered by a GCSO deputy yesterday.

According to family members, Ridlehuber had recently gotten out of the hospital having fluid drained from his body and he also lived with the medical conditions CHF (Congestive Heart Failure), and Diabetes.
d him missing. The GCSO (Greenwood County Sheriff's Office) and his family searched all night for hifound around 2pm today in a house located on Old Laurens Road in Greenwood.
According to Greenwood County Chief Deputy Coroner Marcia Kelley-Clark, the family entered into the home and Ridlehuber became violent. That is when GCSO deputies entered the home. Ridlehuber reportedly became violent with them also which led to him being tasered. Ridlehuber collapsed and was pronounced dead at the scene. Read More HERE

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