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LAPD Defines a New Crime - Reading While Muslim

A Note from the Politech mailing list yesterday.

Based on preliminary reports, this is what seems to have happened on Tuesday evening: Mostafa Tabatabainejad, a UCLA student, was quietly studying in the campus library around 11:30pm. Campus police asked him for his ID, a usual procedure. Mostafa didn&;t have it with him and walked toward the exit.

While en route, one of the police officers laid a hand on Mostafa (which may well be simple battery) and he reacted by saying "Get off of me." That&;s when he was hit with a blast from a Taser, which can render someone unable to walk for 5 to 15 minutes.

But the cops, through malice or ignorance, kept demanding that Mostafa immediately stand up and walk to the door. He was screaming at this point and said he could not, at which point they Tased him again and again.

The cops also threatened to Taser bystanders as well if they persisted in asking for badge numbers. This, too, is on videotape and is in fact a crime. (Think that cop will go to jail? Right.)

(Ed. - I&;ll warn you that this video is pretty disturbing - but it is the most likely outcome of the continual political exploitation of terrorism by the current administration. Expect more.)

The video is here:

Articles on this incident:


November 18, 2006 - 9:46am