April 10, 2009

Police Taser 15-Year Old Robert Mitchell to Death

Some of the shyt in the news is almost too outlandish to be true. Did you hear about the 15-year old youngster sitting in the passenger seat of a car with an expired license plate. The teen had no outstanding warrants or other issues with the police. The other two people in the car -- a 19-year-old female and a 37-year-old man -- cooperated with the police on this traffic ticket situation.

However, for some reason, the youngster ran away from the scene.

The police chased the teenager into an abandoned house. One of the police officers enters the vacant house ... pulls out his taser ... and shoots 50,000 volts of electricity into the young boy.
"He was Tasered once by one of our officers," Deputy Commissioner Gere Green said. "After that, he became unresponsive."

{No shyt Sherlock}.

The teenager died at the hospital a few hours ago.

"It just turned bad, fast," Green said. "It's a sad situation."



Villagers, can you please explain to me why the police still feel that this policy of extra-judicial execution is the right thing to do. Since when does running away from the police earn a death penalty for any teenager in America? This wasn't a gang-banger and the car wasn't engaged in drugs or other violent activity.

The police feel so much in love with their tasers that some of them take them home.

What is the point of having a 'use of force continuum' if the police are going straight to the taser for runaway teenagers? Can someone 'splain it to me?

8 comments:

Monica Roberts said...

Villager,
I think the reason they love the damn tasers so much is because tey still get to use some kind of weapon short of pulling a gun.

Villager said...

Monica - I think that the fact that they consider a taser to be "non-lethal" causes them to pull it out too often. Don't they have training necessary to capture a 15-year old in an abandoned building without killing him? It's a sad situation. I see that the police were quick to let folks know that Robert Mitchell (the dead teen) had asthma...

Monica Roberts said...

Villager,
Don't forget about the infamous 'choke hold' technique that LAPD and a few other departments were using back in the 80's and 90s that resulted in death for some peeps.

But I agree they're using it WAAAAY too much.

MacDaddy said...

These taser deaths are happening too often; and one time is too much. I think police need training to talk people down and from the perspective of community officers rather than officers of the law.

Villager said...

MacDaddy - I agree with you. Perhaps this is simply a training problem. I hope that we can find a current or former LEO to share his/her thoughts on these taser deaths with us...

Fige Bornu Essays said...

Trust me, this kind of murder by the all white and racist Warren, MI police department is just a teaser to what seems to be an attempt to promote and encourage a rebellion like we have never seen before.

-Fige Bornu

Villager said...

Fige - I'm still waiting for the police to share how they feel it is appropriate to taser a 5'2",110-pound teenager that was unarmed, no warrants and no arrests.

I guess the next shoe to drop will be the final decision on the 'cause of death' by the coroner...

Francis L. Holland Blog said...

The "use of force continuum" is a lot of bullshyt. The continuum ranges from "outrageous" to "unspeakable" to "repugnant" and then out to "vile" and "diabolic". Every discussion of "proper uses of tasers" will in time be seen like "proper uses of torture", and the "continuum memos" will be perceived as the "torture memos" are now: drafted not to limit the police but to provide regulations which they can say they were following when they do that which they otherwise might have been sued for in the absence of the regulations. But since they're "going by the book" when they electrocute people, to it's the book itself that makes the makes the electrocutions "normal".