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USC and Stanford on the UCLA Taser Incident
Unfortunately, such events are all too common on the streets of L.A. - and the result is too often handwringing followed by inaction. But this was so public, and so blatant, that surely this will result in real repercussion for the officers involved. Right? While UCLA police have announced they will launch their own investigation, anyone with the most cursory knowledge of the City of Angels won't hold their breath for the outcome of that one.
But given the several cases of filmed police brutality to strike Los Angeles in recent weeks, it's clear that change is needed now more than ever. With inaction at all levels of the government, however, it may - once again - fall to students and related activists to effect real change in our world. - Daily Trojan
The rule that Mostafa broke was trivial and meaningless — it’s the kind of rule Stanford students break as a matter of course, whether we’re biking in the Quad or skateboarding anywhere on campus (both punishable by fine). I have seen altercations with the police over similarly trivial rules escalate before, and I thought things were generally handled quite well. All I want is a simple assurance: I want a pledge from the Stanford University Department of Public Safety that they will not use tasers unless the suspect is a violent threat. I trust you guys. We all trust you. Please validate that trust when you’re enforcing the rules. - Stanford Daily
- UCLA Students Demonstrate Against UCPD Taser Use
- UCLA Police Tasering Video of Student in Powell Library
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