January 25, 2009

Police, Tasers and Another Dead Black man

Drumbeats from Tasered While Black Blog inform us that another Black man is dead after being confronted by a police officer using a taser, followed by a gun. It didn't take long for the local media to demonize and place the blame on Terrance Kennedy for his own death.

Some of the bystanders, who were still outside the home Saturday afternoon, said officers first used pepper spray on Kennedy, then deployed a taser. Some witness statements indicate that they saw an officer hit Kennedy with a police baton, and they heard one officer tell the other, “shoot him,” before he was shot.

We will follow this story to see how it turns out. All I know is that serving a warrant should not result in death penalty.

4 comments:

Renee said...

It needs to be understood that these tasers are lethal weapons. Unlike a gun that you can shoot into a leg, and disable someone, one shot with a taser is enough to kill. They need to be retired. They have caused the death of too many people. A cop should not have the power to act as judge, jury and executioner. Since they have no knowledge of how being tased is going to effect someone they need to be pulled.

Villager said...

Renee - We see too many cases of police-gone-wild using these tasers. You may be right. It may be time to simply ban these electricuting suckers...

Los Angelista said...

You all inspired me. I had to write a little post about this. http://tinyurl.com/awztm9
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Villager said...

Los Angelesita - Your blog post, 'F*** Tha Police? Really? is outstanding! It is good that our blogs cause people to think...