Friday, December 4, 2009

Police to Electrically Shock a Man's Testicles?

Among a Pam's House Blend list of outrageous instances of police electrocution device atrocities, this story tells itself. I won't say anything about it because it leaves me speechless:

The Statesman printed a transcript of an audio recording of the altercation:

Officer #3: Do you feel this?
Complainant: Yes, sir.
Officer #3: Do you feel that? That’s my -
Complainant: Okay
Officer #3: -Taser up your ass.
Complainant: Okay
Officer #3: So don’t move.
Complainant: I’m trying not to. I can’t breathe.

Officer #3: Now do you feel this in your balls?
Complainant: I do, sir. I’m not going to move. I’m not gonna move.
Officer #3 Now I’m gonna tase your balls if you move again.
A minute later, this exchange occurred:
Officer #3: Okay, I’m gonna take this Taser out of your asshole now. Are you going to fight with me?
Complainant: No, not at all, sir.

The audio file can be found here (MP3).

The Statesman is now reporting that the complainant “plans to sue the Boise Police Department for excessive use of force.”

In a case like this, I think the onlooking crowd needs to make a quick judgment whether to act "in defense of another," even at the risk of being charged with interfering with an officer and assaulting an officer. Only in Nazi Germany could a man be threatened with a paralyzing electronic shock to his testicles on a public street and the Government believes this is acceptable police behavior. One truly begins to wonder if there is anything a police officer could do that his supervisors would consider to be not merely brutal, but atrocious?

Did we not learn in Nazi Germany that the public has a moral obligation to stand up and say "no" in the face of inhumane treatment of the weak and helpless? (A man police electrode device practically touching his testicles is as helpless as the Iraqis piled in naked pyramids in the US's Abu Ghraib prison.)

In Brazil, when police behave shockingly, the public burns buses, ransacks and burns the offices of the local police department. I certainly am not recommending that people in the United States not engage in such behavior. For evil to triumph all that is required is for good people to stand by and do nothing.

I couldn't keep it to myself.

1 comment:

Memphis Steve said...

The police have been electrocuting men's testicles for the past 10 years, the entire time they've had the Taser, and they do it for the absolutel slightest of reasons. For example, simply saying "no" to an officer has resulted in Tasering of the testicles, with every instance excused by the police policy review boards of the various officers and all attempts at lawsuits ignored or dismissed. It is torture to do this in any circumstance that is not life-and-death self-defense, yet our police are doing it daily to men and boys who have done nothing. Currently there are no laws in this country that acknowledges assault of male genitals as a sexual crime of any kind. Most states do not even have any laws against the rape of a male at all, as if this simply doesn't happen. In the past 10-15 years, since the Taser became a widely used tool, police use of random and excessive violence and torture has dramatically increased. Something needs to be done to stop it, but no one seems to be doing much of anything.