June 9, 2011

Waco Police Officers Cleared in Taser-Killing of Rodney Green

The district attorney in Waco, Texas decided not to press charges in the taser-related killing of an unarmed, non-violent 36-year old man. Four Waco police officers (Anita Gomez, D. J. Adams, Daniel Kent and Jason Taylor) were cleared of any responsibility in the 2010 Thanksgiving Day death of Rodney Green ... a man they subdued with taser guns after his car struck a pole.

Police had received a report about a man near the accident scene who was acting strangely. An officer determined that Green was experiencing some type of difficulty.

The first officer on the scene called for back-up. The back-up arrived and the police officers thought that Green was acting strangely. Instead of helping the unarmed and nonviolent man who had just survived a crash with a pole ... the police used a Taser to subdue him.

Another officer arrived and used ankle cuffs to try to restrain Green, who was able to break them almost immediately, police said.

Then Green became unresponsive and the officers called for an ambulance.

A preliminary autopsy report released in February said Green died of "Toxic effects of cocaine and the physiologic stress associated with police struggle compounded by cardiac hypertrophy and asthma." The autopsy also found Green suffered from cardiac hypertrophy, an abnormal enlargement of the heart muscle.

District Attorney Abel Reyna said officers followed department policy, procedure and state law in their attempts to subdue Green. The decision not to indict in the incident ends the investigation.

This appears to be another situation in which an unarmed and nonviolent man was killed by taser-happy police ... with no consequences to the ones who did the killing. The city of Waco should be ashamed.


dmcgil said...

First let me say that your diligence in bringing to light these acts of police brutality is commendable, there are far too many incidents where police are abusing their power and quite literally getting away with murder (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BART_Police_shooting_of_Oscar_Grant)(http://policecrimes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=7615) Two examples that sicken me to no end.
The first time I personally experienced this was during an eclipse when I was with a fellow human being who happened to have brown skin, this beautiful young lady (who I happen to love very much) and I were talking and watching the sky through the windshield in my car, we were in our respective seats parked in a parking lot that was visible from the road when a police officer shined his intrusive light into my car and began questioning us. I told the man that we were watching the eclipse, and then he leaned in a bit, looked at my friend, and said: "I see you have a little eclipse of your own going on in here" obviously referencing our contrast in color in an ever so elegant and racist way, thankfully it ended there and he left, but the moment stuck with me. I never really understood until then, the way police treat people with darker skin, oh sure I saw it on TV and heard about it but I guess I don't really see until its right in my face. Sadly the problem isn't just a few cops who are hateful, it's a system that has for generations been doing its best to create poverty and limit education in communities that are predominantly African American. These police are conditioned just like Hitler conditioned his soldiers; to see people who are not white as less than human, so they can feel justified in the mistreatment of their fellow humans. This mentality is what has to change.

Villager said...

dmcgil - No doubt that we have to look at one another with more universal love and understanding. Prejudice based on skin color should have no bearing on anyone's actions and behaviors.

That said ... we can't control other people. Therefore it is up to us to ensure that we don't add to the problem. As in most things ... we need to put a good eye on the 'man in the mirror'!

Miriam said...

Justice was not served.