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UCLA Taser Student Files Suit

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It was roughly 2 months ago when Mostafa Tabatabainejad was repeatedly hit with a Taser gun after failing to initially comply with UCPD officers in an on-campus library. He is suing UCLA, UCPD, as well as the officers involved in the incident. The suits allege that the officers used excessive force, illegally used their Taser equipment, and violated the Americans with Disabilities Act -- Tabatabainejad's lawyers claim that the officers were informed and therefore aware of his bipolar disorder.

This case will not be so clear cut, since UCPD policies do not restrict the use of Taser guns when a person is handcuffed. The conflict rests on both sides of the law however, since according to Tabatabainejad's counsel, the Constitution will describe how the use of Taser gun on a "passive subject" is illegal.

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