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Truth4Justice Donating Member (806 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-08 02:02 AM
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Louisiana policeman indicted in racially charged Taser manslaughter case
Edited on Sat Aug-16-08 02:37 AM by Truth4Justice
Source: guardian.co.uk

Louisiana policeman indicted in racially charged Taser manslaughter case

Baron Pikes died of cadiac arrest following multiple Taser shocks
Policeman Scott Nugent faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted

Thursday August 14 2008

Ruling in a racially explosive case that some forensic experts have described as police torture, a grand jury in the small Louisiana town of Winnfield indicted a white police officer yesterday on charges of manslaughter and official malfeasance for repeatedly shocking a handcuffed black suspect with a Taser device, resulting in the man's death due to cardiac arrest.

After two days of closed testimony, Winn Parish district attorney Chris Nevils announced that the grand jury had indicted Scott Nugent, 21, for the death last January of Baron "Scooter" Pikes, 21, while in police custody. Two other Winnfield police officers who were present during the incident were not charged.

Nugent, who was fired from the police force in May, could face up to 45 years in prison if convicted on the charges. He surrendered to sheriff's deputies immediately after the indictment was issued, a spokesman for Nevils said, and a $45,000 bond was set.

"It is our intention to show at trial that Mr Nugent caused the death of Baron Pikes by 'Tasing' him multiple times, unnecessarily and in violation of Louisiana law, and by failing to get him medical attention when it was apparent he needed it," Nevils said in a statement. "In a civilised society, abuse by those who are given great authority cannot be tolerated."

More at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/aug/14/usa2?gusrc=...



Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/aug/14/usa2?gusrc=...



When are we going to make these torture devices illegal for rascist cops to use ?
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Webster Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-08 02:05 AM
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1. He'll be found not guilty..
Pigs never pay for their crimes.
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Truth4Justice Donating Member (806 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-08 02:30 AM
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4. Nope, they don't. He will walk and nothing will be done while a man lays in his grave.
Tazers should be banned nationwide.
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Ex Lurker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-08 03:48 AM
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7. you might be surprised n/t
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-08 04:49 AM
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8. Might be, but probably won't be.
This country has in many ways regressed back prior to the 60s. In some ways, it has regressed back before 1210 AD and the signing of the Magna Carta.

Free Nations surprise. Inverted Totalitarianism like Imperial Amerika, seldom if ever surprise for that is the nature of totalitarianism.

Not guilty. Or charges dismissed. Or sentences suspended. 90% certainty.
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Truth4Justice Donating Member (806 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-08 05:07 AM
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9. The point is that the police are almost never held to the standard of a citizen, no matter what..
Edited on Sat Aug-16-08 05:11 AM by Truth4Justice
This needs to change and fast. Otherwise the results could be, well, dangerous for the badge-wearers as well as society in general.
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George II Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-08 08:53 AM
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14. Why don't we all calm down and wait until AFTER the trial to argue about this?
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 12:58 AM
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15. Exactly!
... regarding the Magna Carta, that is.

Some are already back in the cave, watching a shadow play. ;)



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madeline_con Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-08 02:11 AM
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2. The heart's a muscle. Don't they tell these idiots what electricity
can do to it?! Tasers should have a shut off device that won't allow it to be discharged for a certain period after use. :shrug:
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Truth4Justice Donating Member (806 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-08 02:34 AM
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5. One thing I just learned about tazers is that they have a discharge counter. I expect the police ...
lust hate the fact that the Tazer makes it impossible to lie about how many times they gave the "juice" to a victim of their Tazer assaults. At least that one good thing, but its not enough to allow these cretins to continue to use this device on non life-threatening situations.
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Enrique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-08 02:26 AM
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3. racially charged Taser?
:wtf:
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Truth4Justice Donating Member (806 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-08 02:36 AM
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6. Oh please! You know exactly what the article said. Or, you are a White cop that packs a Tazer.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-08 06:08 AM
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10. Maybe something will go dreadfully wrong and there will be an honorable judgement
at the end of the trial.

We won't hold our breaths, obviously, all things considered.

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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-08 08:20 AM
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11. "In a civilised society,...
abuse by those who are given great authority cannot be tolerated."

Exactly when did we join the ranks of a civilized society?
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1monster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-08 08:44 AM
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12. Why weren't the two officers with him indicted also? If nothing else, they are
accessories to the fact. This officer was 21 years old. Are we to believe he was the senior officer on the scene?
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trthnd4jstc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-08 08:45 AM
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13. My Ideas about Tasering and Having Peoples' Policing, instead of Militia Policing
One Taser Shock should be allowed to decapacitate an Armed Suspect. Repeated Taserings should not be allowed.
It seems that repeated Tasering is a cause of Cardiac Arrest.

Have the people be the Police instead of an outside armed Militia. We need to reclaim Our Nation, Our Land, Our Country. Having an Armed Force instead of the People taking turns to Serve as the Peoples' Police, with the People serving in 3 Person Teams will decrease the Fascist impulses that some in the Police feel when they get frustrated or feel self-righteous in abusing a Fellow Citizen.

End Tyranny. Restore Justice. Restore the Republic. Or Better Yet, Have True Democracy!
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Amelie Donating Member (138 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-13-08 10:23 AM
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16. I graduated from law school with Chris Nevils!
Had no idea he had become a d.a. Good on him for going after the bad guys.
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