A Taserin' Town?

Read reports of Taser use by Pittsburgh police here (PG); here (PG); here (PG); here (Trib); and here (Pittsburgh Independent Media Center).

The Independent Media Center has posted two videos of police conduct at the protest in Oakland. I've watched the videos, and unless they have been shot or edited to exclude incriminating material (and that seems extremely unlikely to me), then the police department's claim that officers needed to use Tasers and dogs to secure public safety seems . . . a stretch.

With anti-war sentiment (and gasoline prices) on the rise, there is suspicion in some quarters that we will see more protests in the days to come. I hope that police in departments all over the region, not just in Pittsburgh, are trained to deal with them in a sensible manner.


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