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Mon Sep 23, 2013, 08:48 PM

Deaf Boy Tasered for being Deaf

Deaf Boy Tasered for being Deaf

by LollardfishFollow

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/09/18/1239682/-Deaf-Boy-Tasered-for-being-Deaf?detail=email


For the past year, I have been writing about a persistent pattern of police violence against people with disabilities. I wrote about it in The Nation and have been particularly focused on the Ethan Saylor case.

But the stories proliferate, with a new one almost every week. I've argued that you can read both the Times Square police shooting and the Ferrell case through the lens of police not knowing/caring how to respond to people acting "differently." The racial reading is of course front and center for that second case, of course, but seen through the lens of trying to explain how Ferrell is acting, temporarily disability following an accident makes sense.

Alas, the stories proliferate, many of them following the general pattern that I call the cult of compliance, a pattern of behavior in which police respond to non-compliance with violence. I argue that the pattern extends beyond disability, but that cases of disability are particularly acute.

Digby, who is one of the leaders on this topic, brought this story to my attention as the latest example of the horrific consequences of the cult of compliance.

A deaf boy was escaping abuse and ran away from a school. The police found him, approached, then tasered him when he didn't respond. Here's the key paragraph -



Police arrived at the construction site after dark. Knowing the boy was deaf, they allegedly made no effort to warn or communicate with him, but Tasered him from behind. As A.M. writhed on the ground from the “burns, paralysis and pain” caused by the Taser barbs, the two police officers rushed him and placed him in handcuffs.

There's a lawsuit, some money will change hands, and in no way will the cult of compliance be threatened.

It's worth thinking through this scene from the perspective of the police officer. It's dark. He knows the boy is deaf so can't be verbally controlled. At that point he just decides to solve the problem with a quick jolt of 40,000 volts. Does he talk about it with his partner first? I suppose they are worried he'll run away again (a reasonable guess given the awful situation).

We need to assert our right NOT to be tasered just because the police want us to comply. It's crazy that we have to even argue for this. But we do. To protect the deaf. Other people with disabilities. And every one of us.

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marble falls Sep 2013 OP
Liberal_in_LA Sep 2013 #1
Egalitarian Thug Sep 2013 #2
marble falls Sep 2013 #3
Egalitarian Thug Sep 2013 #5
marble falls Sep 2013 #16
Rex Sep 2013 #15
Jefferson23 Sep 2013 #4
xocet Sep 2013 #6
Jefferson23 Sep 2013 #10
BainsBane Sep 2013 #7
RedCappedBandit Sep 2013 #8
Prometheus Perez Sep 2013 #9
caraher Sep 2013 #11
gopiscrap Sep 2013 #12
Savannahmann Sep 2013 #13
Th1onein Sep 2013 #14

Response to marble falls (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 08:51 PM

1. horrible. They knew he couldn't hear them. omg

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 08:57 PM

2. Yay cops!

 

Do you suppose that they believe that there will never be any consequences for their crimes against the citizenry? When you place your organization in opposition to the people you agreed to serve, you should probably consider that beating and killing them is going to end up working against you at some point.

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #2)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 08:59 PM

3. Of all places, the copskill fairly indescriminantlly here in Austin, Texas.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 09:19 PM

5. I never for a moment imagined I would live in an America where any sane person

 

should rightly be terrified of any encounter with the police. I used to know quite a few cops, and all of the good guys were pushed out of their various departments many years ago.

I'm sure there are still exceptions, but cops today are reich-wingnut bullies with a smattering of full blown psychopaths thrown in for the fear factor.

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #5)

Tue Sep 24, 2013, 06:36 PM

16. I do not trust cops. I do not trust the cops in my home town.

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #2)

Tue Sep 24, 2013, 03:15 AM

15. You beat me to it.

YAY COPS!

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 09:03 PM

4. He's right, the family will sue and the police likely settle, and then another vulnerable person

will find themselves the victim..like this poor kid.

Freakin bastards, they are suppose to serve and protect.

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Response to Jefferson23 (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 09:46 PM

6. It is an endless stream...

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Response to xocet (Reply #6)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 10:06 PM

10. Narrow minded, short sighted, punitive measures..so thoughtless and I worry about

the consequences of our approach and the impact it has, over all.

Zero tolerance is pervasive too, our example to the young is, we don't allow thinking.

Thank you for the post.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 09:51 PM

7. Cops seem to be doing more damage with tasers than guns

Perhaps because they think they are not lethal and can get away with it. I'm guessing police departments don't treat tasings like shots fired. They should.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 09:52 PM

8. Cops should not be trusted with these weapons.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 09:55 PM

9. did the cops know he was deaf? nt

 

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Response to Prometheus Perez (Reply #9)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 10:07 PM

11. Yes they did, according to the story

"Police arrived at the construction site after dark. Knowing the boy was deaf, they allegedly made no effort to warn or communicate with him, but Tasered him from behind."

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Response to Prometheus Perez (Reply #9)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 10:23 PM

12. welcome to DU

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 10:45 PM

13. I would not place a bet on the idea.

However, I was wondering if the police are due to be commended for their actions in locating the scared deaf boy. I mean, they are always doing a tough job right? There they were, practically unarmed against a deaf child, at the mercy of this dangerous kid who couldn't hear them, and they managed to subdue this practically feral animal without killing him.

Just in case you don't realize it.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Tue Sep 24, 2013, 03:13 AM

14. And they wonder why we call them pigs?

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