UCLA student tasered by campus police

On Tuesday evening, UCLA student Mostafa Tabatabainejad was repeatedly tasered in the school library after failing to show proper ID, campus newspaper The Daily Bruin reported. Someone present had a video-capable cell phone, it seems, and a video of the disturbing incident ended up on YouTube.

The UCLA student body has been protesting the actions of the officers while the university investigates.

After the severe injuries sustained by Georgetown DPS officers in a brawl several weeks ago, I had considered the idea of somehow arming the officers reasonable. Watching that video has definitely turned me off to that idea.

Posted by Marco Cerna, Contributing Editor

One Comment on “UCLA student tasered by campus police

  1. “”After the severe injuries sustained by Georgetown DOPS officers in a weekend brawl several weeks ago, I had considered the idea of somehow arming the officers as not an unreasonable idea. Watching that video has definitely turned me off to that idea.””

    …May I ask why?

    Obviously, the UCLA situation is not a pretty one – but neither is having our security officers so underpowered that they’re actually *losing* fights on campus.

    Abuse of power is inevitable when you invest people with it, which is why checks and balances are important — in the case of UCLA, a few security officers will probably be canned over the incident and policies will be changed.

    Perhaps the easiest way to point out the silliness of this logic would be to take it to its natural conclusion – disarming the police, for instance, as a means of preventing police brutality.

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