Monday, September 21st, 2009 | Author:

I grew up respecting cops. I believed they were the guys to call when you had a problem. But when we have so many examples of cops like this, I think I need a new plan.

Merced police used Taser on unarmed, legless man in a wheelchair

The Merced Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division is investigating a complaint alleging that an officer twice used a Taser against an unarmed, wheelchair-bound man with no legs.

The incident occurred Sept. 11.

The man who was Tasered, 40-year-old Gregory Williams, a double-leg amputee, spent six days in jail on suspicion of domestic violence and resisting arrest, although the Merced County District Attorney’s Office hasn’t filed charges in the case.

Read the rest here.

Go here to watch an interview with Williams.

Category: abuse of power
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3 Responses
  1. AKA Angrywhiteman says:

    I don't know if you're familiar with William Grigg but you may enjoy his take on all this at;

  2. Jim Wetzel says:

    I'm sure there are still some decent cops around, although I'm not at all sure how many. All I can say to that theoretical decent cop, though, is: You're keeping bad company, and you can't pretend to be surprised if free Americans assume you're a uniformed thug like any other.

    When I see one of these over-upholstered young guys with the shaved head, I think I have excellent reason for thinking that I'm looking at a criminal who enjoys spurious immunity to official punishments for his misdeeds.

    And while I'm definitely not claiming "prophet" status, I will say that when I first heard of the Taser, years ago, I knew instantly what a truly horrible idea it was. Sadly, subsequent events have borne out the soundness of that particular judgment on my part.

  3. akaGaGa says:

    AKA, I've read some of his stuff before, but I think I'll be getting a lot more familiar. Thanks for the link.

    Jim, I know this is one of your favorite subjects. Sorry to keep rubbing salt in the wounds.