End Capital Punishment In Australia – Ban Tasers

Sydney: Earlier this week, a 21 year old Brazilian student died when he was tasered.

As the CCTV video on the Sydney Morning Herald website (Death after Tasering 20 March 2012) shows, the alleged suspect was running away from the police. Witnesses also say he was screaming Help.

The premise of innocent until found guilty has been abandoned, the Police have become judge, jury, executioner.

This is capital punishment without a charge ever being laid.

So, what would it take to get tasers banned from use in Australia?

Edited to add (22 Mar 2012): Tasered Brazilian student ‘didn’t steal biscuits’, reports that a witness, has supposedly said the deceased was not the man who stole the biscuits

text and opinions by @redglitterx
quotes from Father Bob and Chris Murphy for illustrative purpose and in no way intended to imply their support for the contents of this post

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7 Comments to “End Capital Punishment In Australia – Ban Tasers”

  1. JUDGE JURY & EXECUTIONER THAT DESCRIBES THE CONSTABLE THAT TASERED ME LAST NITE, IN FRONT OF AN ABORIGINAL FLAG PAINTED ON OUR FENCE LINE. WHILE IN THE LOCK UP I WAS ADVISED TO SEEK ABORIGINAL LEGAL ADVICE. I AM NOT OF ABORIGINAL BLOOD. THIS IS RACISM & BRUTALITY. I AM SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS TORTURE, FOR NOW I UNDERSTAND MY INDIGENOUS BROTHERS AND SISTERS PLIGHT. I WAS DENIED A PHONE CALL. I AM TOO ASHAMED TO CALL MY SELF AN AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN NOW. THERE WAS NO LEGITIMATE REASON TO ADMINISTER THIS ARCHAEIC PUNISHMENT, OTHER THAN TO COERCE ME INTO RESISTING ARREST, WHICH IS CONFUSED WITH THE ACTIONS OF A PERSON WHO DOESN’T KNOW WHAT THE FUCK HAS HAPPENED TO THEM…..OF COURSE, THEN HE THREW IN THE ASSAULT CHARGE AS WELL, AND MALICIOUS DAMAGE BECAUSE I PEED MYSELF IN THE LOCK UP. ALL THIS OCCURRED WHILE I WAS IN MY UNDERWEAR, FOR 6 HOURS OF DEPRIVATION OF LIBERTY. DID I FAIL TO MENTION THAT I WAS FORCED ONTO MY KNEES AND HANDCUFFED, EXCRUCIATINGLY TOOOOO TIGHTLY, WHICH RESULTED IN CRIES OF PAIN & TRYING TO ALLEVIATE THE PAIN PHYSICALLY, AND THIS WAS SEEN AS HINDERING A POLICE OFFICER IN THE LINE OF DUTY….SO HE DRAGGED ME BY THE CUFFS OUT OF MY OWN FUCKING PROPERTY. DID I MENTION THAT WHILE TOTALLY IN PAIN AND BLINDED, MY PARTNER MANAGED TO REMOVE ME TO THE SAFETY OF OUR PROPERTY, AND ONCE INSIDE, I DID NOT GIVE THIS POLICE OFFICER PERMISSION TO ENTER MY PROPERTY. I ASKED HIM TO LEAVE REPEATEDLY, HE REFUSED. THIS IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE, UNDER STATE LAW, AND RECOGNISED AS THE QUICKEST WAY TO INVOKE ANARCHY IN A SOCIETY VIA CONSTITUTIONAL PROPERTY RIGHTS.

    MY PARTNER WAS TASERED FOR ASSISTING MYSELF AND BEATEN AROUND THE LEGS WITH A BATON. AND PUT INTO LOCK UP. THEY LEFT MY HOME UNLOCKED, GATES OPEN, CAR UNLOCKED, AND WE LIVE ON THE OPAL MINING FIELDS WHICH ARE RIFE WITH THIEVERY…..SOMEONE SPLASHED WATER INTO MY FACE, DO THEY KNOW HOW BAD THIS IS…..WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR FREE SOCIETY???? I REFUSE TO BE TREATED INHUMANELY IN A DEMOCRATIC NATION, WHILE WE FIGHT FOR THE HUMANE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE IN ROGUE STATES AND COUNTRIES. I HAVE INITIATED PURSUIT OF LEGAL ACTION, TODAY.

    MANDY.

  2. The following statement is possibly the most disgusting example of inflammatory misdirection I have ever seen:

    “The premise of innocent until found guilty has been abandoned, the Police have become judge, jury, executioner”.

    This young man died and yes its a tragedy, but lets not lose sight of who caused the situation by his own actions, who then escalated it by fleeing and resisting arrest.

    Above all lets not forget Police attempted to use what they were told, trained in and provided with whats claimed to be a non lethal and therefore acceptable method for detaining suspects.

    Isnt it also reasonable that Police must operate under the premise that any suspect is to be regarded as a possible danger until restrained and they can judge otherwise? Did or do we ever ask that if they coudnt catch the accused did they have other options apart from tazers, like clubbing him to the ground with batons or hit him with a police car or shoot him a couple of times with revolvers perhaps?

    In case you forgot, or are too young to ever have seen it happen, police used to do those things but civil rights defenders had those methods of capture declared as a rights violations and banned.

    I will also discount arguments for using pepper spray as a realistic option as its a double edged weapon and can if windy or in close quarters easily blind Police and not the offender. Its then created blind police in serious danger of being hurt or killed with their own weapons, and its never used in windy or confined areas for just that reason.

    But then I also believe the civil rights fanatics & the crims legal defence wont be happy until the Police are defenceless and criminals can act at will without serious ramifications and certainly without being manhandled by brutish Police Officers who by the way we demand stop crims from stealing, raping, bashing and generally degrading our society .

    Its an old question but “what of the victims rights“, wheres the same level of public outrage for them and what they suffer from criminals. Wheres the same level of media outcry for victims of thieves, peadophiles, violent offenders etcetra.

    A person raped, bashed or even killed in their own home during a home invasion doesnt get this much media attention and I demand to know why not……somebody……. anybody got me an answer to that one.
    I believe this displays a serious inequity in what we view as important.

    Let me finally make the following points:

    1. its been my experience after having done nothing illegal that the best thing after being challenged by Police is to turn to them and ask them what they want.

    2. Biscuits or bullion, cash or cars if you take it and it isnt yours then youre a thief, your a crook, you broke the law and Police will pursue you.

    3. Flee from Police or resist arrest, then Police have a job to do in stopping you the best way they can thus protecting their communities from criminals and they must be able to do it without endangering themselves or innocents in the process.

    Myself I think the real tragedy is how many Australians now seem to think think theres something wrong with the points above.

    And how many have already forgotten this tragic yet completely avoidable death resulted from a man choosing… I say again this man CHOSE to be a thief, and regardless of the outcome he was being pursued and was tazed for commiting a crime.

    This story is not about the death of an an innocent man who had done nothing wrong while walking along whistling and minding his own business.

    So lets not make martyrs until we have all the facts not knee jerk sensationalism from media and civil rights activists trying to satisfy their own agendas at the cost of crime victims in this country.

    • Excellent points, thank you for you comment.

    • Guess what, Mr/Ms USAmerican flag up there – he was innocent. And if the idea of banning Tazers is the most digusting thing you’ve ever read – you obviously don’t spend much time online

      • Missed the entire point didnt you. @Anna Kissed

        My disgust you seem so adamant to challenge had nothing to do with the banning of tazers, read below the comment I was addressing & pointed out as disgusting.

        ->> “The premise of innocent until found guilty has been abandoned, the Police have become judge, jury, executioner”.

        This is what I referred to as the most disgusting statement I had heard.

        I challenge banning tazers on the grounds of what do Police do then.

        Go back to shooting suspects?

        We demand accused are considered innocent until proven guilty however police are now deemed murderers or “executioners” over what was clearly an accidental fatality during a routine apprehension of a person accused of commiting an offence.
        But the media makes sure its been presented otherwise to improve viewer numbers & paper circulation.

        He ran police pursued and acted to stop him, its after stopping a fleeing suspect they determine innconce or guilt. Thats the job we demand they & Courts do to keep our communities safe.

        Lets not lose sight of real circumstantial facts because of the the media driven fog of sensationalism and misleading rabel rousing.

      • Thanks for your comment
        redglitterx for TurnLeft

    • I HAD NOT COMMITTED ANY OFFENCE. MY CHARGES ALL RESULTED FROM THE FACT THAT A TASER WAS AVAILABLE TO USE. TO USE ONE, HIS EXCUSE WAS ASSAULTING, AND RESISTING A POLICE OFFICER IN LINE OF DUTY. THE ONLY WARNING I WAS GIVEN WAS THE SOUND OF THE SPRAY IN MY FACE AS I TURNED TO FACE THE PERSON TOWERING OVER ME, IN THE DARK. I FREAKED, AND MANAGED TO CLOSE MY EYES. OH MY GOD. EXPERIENCE A TASER THAN GIVE YOUR OPINION. NUMBER 1. I CHALLENGED HIM FOR 6 HOURS IN THE LOCKUP FOR A REASON FOR BEING SPRAYED. AS STATED EARLIER, THE CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST ME R IN DIRECT RELATIONSHIP TO THE FACT THAT A TASER WAS AVAILABLE AND HE WAS TASER HAPPY. MANDY.

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