Friday, November 17, 2006

American Torture

A bit of ad hoc torture meted out to an Iranian-American student at UCLA who couldn't show his ID this Tuesday:

The most grotesque part of the video is where the cops are telling him to get up and walk. Having sent 50,000 volts through his body, they know he's been temporarily paralysed and can't walk for shit. Yet, they continue to tell him that if he doesn't get up and stop struggling, he will be tased again. They electrocute him five times, and threaten students who attempt to intervene that they too will get shot with the taser if they get too close.

There have been quite a few recent videos of police brutality, including this unprovoked assault on demonstrators in which a mentally retarded man is beaten up, the repeated beating of LA resident William Cardenas while he lies struggling under a policeman's knee that rests on his neck, this unprovoked beating of a man which continues after they've got him on the ground and handcuffed, this all-out wailing on a guy who had already given up, and this novel technique for arresting a man. Indeed, there's so much of it about that someone has decided to make a compilation and set it to music.

Random strangers with mobile phones and camcorders can surely only capture a tiny fraction of this shit.