Villagers have been watching the increasing incidents of taser torture around the nation. Today we learn that Basire Farrell, a 30-year old Black man died in Newark while in custody after he allegedly attacked police officers who were trying to subdue him. Relatives claim he was beaten, tased and killed during the incident.
Police officers responded to reports of a disorderly man inside of Morgan's Bar. Officers indicate that the man began to hit vehicles and yell obscenities when they approached him. In fact, the police say that Farrell bit one them during the scuffle.
The police eventually subdued him, took him into custody, and had emergency workers transport him to Beth Israel Medical Center. During the trip, the man went into cardiac arrest and died a short time later.
Relatives quesitoned police accounts and whether excessive force was used. Witnesses had told the family that officers had beaten, kicked and tasered Farrell.
"Basically my nephew was killed unjustly at the hands of police," said Farrell's uncle, Racheim Farrell. "I'm really like numb with disbelief. The police are the ones to serve and protect the community. We put all of our faith and trust in the police. Newark has some great officers. They do community work with kids. We're not saying all cops are bad. There's just a few bad apples that did something wrong."Villagers, this guy was wrong for battling the police. However, the penalty for disorderly conduct is a couple of days in jail ... it is not death. There simply is no excuse for extra-judicial electrocution or taser torture. Isn't it time for congressional hearings on this matter?