Found this left in the comments of a Live Journal entry regarding Tuesday night’s tazering of UCLA student Mostafa Tabatabainejad by campus police:
protest against police brutality at UCLA
Friday, November 17, 2006
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Venue: Kerckhoff Steps on BruinWalk
Street: 308 Westwood Plaza
City: Los Angeles, CA
The National Iranian American Council is also calling for an “External Investigation of Brutal Abuse Against Iranian American UCLA Student”.
As mentioned in the comments of Spencer’s initial post, while it appears most students are appalled by the incident, there’s the occasional person who feels that tazering someone as a method to get them to move is perfectly fine.
LiveJournaler CMCurry writes in an open letter to Mostafa Tabatabainejad that “Campus libraries are not public libraries and the rules are a little different.”
Are you really surprised that you got a first-hand look at action/reaction, cause/effect or deed/consequence? Getting pissy with police officers is not really a smart move. I would have hoped that a college student like yourself would have known that little factoid before doing the tazered tango on the floor of the library. But maybe you have learned your lesson and you will protest the campus policy about ID checks in their own library through appropriate channels.
A number of items disturb me here, the most trivial being his called the libraries “theirs”. UCLA is, indeed, owned by the public – it isn’t a private school.
CMCurry does bring up a point regarding the students who demanded to see the cops badge numbers, while they were in the middle of an arrest:
You could have waited the few more minutes required to get that knucklehead under control and not mobbed the officers who were simply trying to keep your asses safe.