June 5, 2009

Taser Torture Approved by Judge Sara Sperrazza


We live in a strange world. Judge Sara Sperrazza ruled that it is legally permissible for police to shoot 50,000 volts of electricity into a suspect with a Taser to obtain a DNA sample, as long as it’s not done "maliciously, or to an excessive extent, or with resulting injury." [SOURCE]

No shyt. This county judge approved decision by Niagra Falls police department to use a taser on Ryan Smith to get a DNA sample that tied him to a shooting and a gas station robbery. Smith was handcuffed and sitting on the floor of Niagara Falls Police Headquarters when the 50,000-volt electronic stun gun was used on him after he insisted he would not give a DNA sample.

Taser International can now market their lethal weapon to police as another way for them to get DNA samples. Forget the old-fashioned options of getting the DNA from discarded bubblegum or soda pop cans. Let's just handcuff the suspect and send 50,000 volts of electricity into their body.

Do you agree with the decision made by this county judge?

4 comments:

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hi there!

Wow.

I mean....wow....

Is she really serious? Tasering isn't malicious?? Hmmmm.

Eddie G. Griffin said...

When electrical shocks become acceptable by the court and the public, it is no longer technically defined as "torture". Torture is an action that shocks the consciousness of a society. Have we become immune to the pain and suffering of others?

msladydeborah said...

Oh hell no!

This is way too outrageous! Tasering to obtain DNA? That is just too many things and they are all some kind of wrong.

Villager said...

BWBTT & Lady D - I 'spose that the judge was serious when she made her ruling. I'm worried that the slippery slope is beginning for tasers to be used in more and more situations by law enforcement officials...

Eddie - We have to keep shining the light on these practices. Although I must admit that I'm glad that the speed at which taser-related deaths were popping up as slowed down in recent weeks...