Monday, November 20, 2006

Iranian-American Student Abused By UCLA UCPD With Tazer GUN

THIS IS A TOTAL OUTRAGE.....PLEASE READ DOWN BELOW



"An Iranian-American, Mostafa Tabatabainejad, UCLA student was shot by UCLA'S UCPD November 14th 2006, because he could not show his Student ID. He was shot 5 times with a taser gun. Police threatened to shoot students who got too close. The Student yelled out that he had a medical condition, but the cops kept shooting. Don't let the UCPD get away with attempted murder!"

WATCH THIS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3GstYOIc0I

UCPD officers shot a student several times with a Taser inside the Powell Library CLICC computer lab late Tuesday night before taking him into custody.

No university police officers were available to comment further about the incident as of 3 a.m. Wednesday, and no Community Service Officers who were on duty at the time could be reached.

At around 11:30 p.m., CSOs asked a male student using a computer in the back of the room to leave when he was unable to produce a BruinCard during a random check. The student did not exit the building immediately.

The CSOs left, returning minutes later, and police officers arrived to escort the student out. By this time the student had begun to walk toward the door with his backpack when an officer approached him and grabbed his arm, at which point the student told the officer to let him go. A second officer then approached the student as well.

The student began to yell "get off me," repeating himself several times.

It was at this point that the officers shot the student with a Taser for the first time, causing him to fall to the floor and cry out in pain. The student also told the officers he had a medical condition.

UCPD officers confirmed that the man involved in the incident was a student, but did not give a name or any additional information about his identity.

Video shot from a student's camera phone captured the student yelling, "Here's your Patriot Act, here's your ****ing abuse of power," while he struggled with the officers.

As the student was screaming, UCPD officers repeatedly told him to stand up and said "stop fighting us." The student did not stand up as the officers requested and they shot him with the Taser at least once more.

"It was the most disgusting and vile act I had ever seen in my life," said David Remesnitsky, a 2006 UCLA alumnus who witnessed the incident.

As the student and the officers were struggling, bystanders repeatedly asked the police officers to stop, and at one point officers told the gathered crowd to stand back and threatened to use a Taser on anyone who got too close.

Laila Gordy, a fourth-year economics student who was present in the library during the incident, said police officers threatened to shoot her with a Taser when she asked an officer for his name and his badge number.

Gordy was visibly upset by the incident and said other students were also disturbed.

"It's a shock that something like this can happen at UCLA," she said. "It was unnecessary what they did."

Immediately after the incident, several students began to contact local news outlets, informing them of the incident, and Remesnitsky wrote an e-mail to Interim Chancellor Norman Abrams.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3GstYOIc0I


-UPDATE-
UCLA's released something:
http://www.ucpd.ucla.edu/ucpd/zippdf/2006/Taser%2011-15-06.pdf
http://dailybruin.com/news/articles.asp?id=38958

Check it out. It's not even correct, as we can see from the YouTube video, Mostafa Tabatabainejad did not "encourage library patrons to join his resistance".
We really need to take action. He's going to court, so those present at the incident can testify against the UCPD and portray what really happened at the scene of the crime.


Contact the UCLA Police Department and express your disapproval of how the situation was immorally handled:
http://www.ucpd.ucla.edu/

Contact UCLA Acting Chancellor Norman Abrams About Incident at Powell Library:

Dr. Norman Abrams (Interim Chancellor) - chancellor@conet.ucla.edu
Dr. Daniel Neuman (Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost) - evc@conet.ucla.edu
Dr. Maryann Jacobi Gray (Assistant Provost) - mgray@conet.ucla.edu
Dr. Robert J. Naples (Assistant Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students) - dean@saonet.ucla.edu

PS. Don't be rash and it would help if the curses sent were on the low-key.

Circulate this video to the masses.
So that we may hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

For more information:
http://www.nbc4.tv/news/10325914/detail.html
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=local&id=4763689
http://newsroom.ucla.edu/page.asp?RelNum=7513

SIGN THE PETITION:
http://www.petitiononline.com/uclaucpd/petition.html

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