Black People : Pregnant woman tazored for not signing a traffic ticket

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... "seattle police officers" ... nothing more need be said ...:

Court rules Seattle police OK to Taser pregnant woman

SEATTLE (AP) - Three Seattle police officers were justified when they used a stun gun on a pregnant mother who refused to sign a traffic ticket, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a case that prompted an incredulous dissent.

Malaika Brooks was driving her son to Seattle's African American Academy in 2004 when she was stopped for doing 32 mph in a school zone. She insisted it was the car in front of her that was speeding, and refused to sign the ticket because she thought she'd be admitting guilt.

Rather than give her the ticket and let her go on her way, the officers decided to arrest her. One reached in, turned off her car and dropped the keys on the floor. Brooks stiffened her arms against the steering wheel and told the officers she was pregnant, but refused to get out, even after they threatened to stun her.

The officers - Sgt. Steven Daman, Officer Juan Ornelas and Officer Donald Jones - then stunned her three times, in the thigh, shoulder and neck, and hauled her out of the car, laying her face-down in the street.
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The majority's opinion outraged Judge Marsha Berzon, who called it "off the wall."

"I fail utterly to comprehend how my colleagues are able to conclude that it was objectively reasonable to use any force against Brooks, let alone three activations of a Taser, in response to such a trivial offense," she wrote.

She argued that under Washington law, the officers had no authority to take Brooks into custody: Failure to sign a traffic infraction is not an arrestable offense, and it's not illegal to resist an unlawful arrest.

Berzon said the majority's notion that Brooks obstructed officers was so far-fetched that even the officers themselves didn't make that legal argument. To obstruct an officer, one must obstruct the officer's official duties, and the officers' only duties in this case were to detain Brooks long enough to identify her, check for warrants, write up the citation and give it to her. Brooks' failure to sign did not interfere with those duties, she said.

Furthermore, Brooks posed no apparent threat, and the officers could not have known how stunning her would affect the fetus, or whether it might prompt premature labor - another reason their actions were inexcusable, Berzon said.

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Thats crazy!

We are so complacent! So much to the point we allow our constitutional rights to be snatched away by incompetent people who hide under the bagde of authority. We could stop all this nonsence if we boycott the public utilities that go into the paychecks of these so called public servants. Who are they really serving? For surely it's not the law abiding people who pay them. "We" the people, need to wake up from this dream that its somebody else's responsibility to decide what is justifiable and what is not.

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"wake up"?

apparently "we'd" rather discuss the latest messes out of hollyweird; the latest exploits of the gladiator/slave sports figures; argue over "my god is more righteous than your god"; hash over revisionist and allowed history; bling-bling the latest european/capitalist driven "fashions"/"styles", etc. ad nauseum, than to actually stop and do TODAY while preppin for tomorrow ... oh, and did i forget about bashing what the kids are doing today while not having valid examples showing something different ... or, worse; doing exactly what they doing while talking about "i am an adult!" ... yeah, "wake up" would be good.

about the only thing that keeps me around watching all this silliness is the sure Knowledge that Mother Earth is gonna be wakin up Her Custodians pretty soon ... and Her Embodiement (QA) will Called back into the House (Afua RA) and Watusi all over Everything!!

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sign the ticket and be on your way...your signature does not mean you are admitting guilt...
 

anAfrican

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Beginning De-Progamming 101

guilty or not, you still pay the fine ... or worse.
sign the ticket and be on your way...your signature does not mean you are admitting guilt...
just do what the man tells ya, eh?
been there, done that; still getting jacked.
tired of it.
no.

that mindset is gonna hafta change in order for anything to change.
break the conditioning.
 
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