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:
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?
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 -
Officer #3: -Taser up your ass.
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.”
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.