Saturday, September 20, 2014

US police kill 104 people in August

In August, US police killed 104 people nationwid
e, according to a compendium of local press reports compiled by volunteers on Wikipedia. Dozens more have been killed in the first half of September alone as the wave of police violence continued.
These killings are part of a general pattern of abuse carried out by an increasingly militarized police force. These notes are the first in a series on theWorld Socialist Web Site documenting police violence in America.
Police put Missouri teen in coma with taser during traffic stop
Bryce Masters, a 17-year-old high school student from Kansas City, Missouri, was put into a medically-induced coma after police used a taser on him during a routine traffic stop.
Masters was stopped by police officer Tim Reynolds after arriving at a friend’s house to play video games. He was unable to comply with the officer’s demand to roll down his passenger side window because his power windows lacked electrical wiring. At this point the officer, who discovered that Masters had an outstanding warrant for a traffic violation, decided that the teenager was being “completely uncooperative,” according to a police spokesman.
According to eyewitnesses, the officer became enraged, fired his taser at Masters, pulled him out of the car, handcuffed him, dragged him around the car, slammed him to the concrete, causing bleeding in his mouth, and pressed his foot against the youth’s back while he began convulsing. Friend and eyewitness Abigail Edwards stated, “They turned him over and he was just blue. How do you not know someone is sitting there not breathing?"
Masters’s lawyer says that he went into “full cardiac arrest” as a result of the taser. He was later transported by ambulance to a local hospital. He is now out of the coma but is suffering from memory loss, according to his lawyer.
Utah police shoot young man carrying costume sword
On September 10, police in Saratoga Springs, Utah shot and killed Darrien Hunt, a biracial youth, at a local strip mall.