New Orleans Police Department use of Taser.
The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) expanded its use of Tasers and banned pepper spray from department policy. Although the police department considered both “intermediate” uses of force in the past and Tasers have been linked to more deaths, NOPD claims that Taser use is easier to track with the assistance of onboard cameras. A recent incident involving NOPD where a young musician was tackled to the ground for obstructing police passage with escalating tensions and police officers donning Tasers raises the subject of when it is necessary, and what are the safety implications of using a Taser for obstruction of police passage? As a non-lethal weapon that is still capable of causing severe injury and even death, various humanitarian organizations in the United States are shouting for them to be used less, due to concerns for misuse and overuse such as in past cases leading to death. The NOPD’s current policy makes reference to approved use of Taser for the Department.
NOPD’s shift away from pepper spray was outlined in the consent decree over use-of-force and other policing protocols. Critics still say that Tasers are more likely to cause death — directly or indirectly — than other use-of-force options such as pepper spray or batons. Amnesty International has called for a moratorium on all uses of Tasers until an independent medical investigation “looks into why people are dying after being Tasered,” said Amnesty International deputy director for membership Jared Feuer.
Excessive force through Taser use and other types of police brutality.
If you have had your civil rights violated by an action of police brutality resulting from excessive force through the misuse of a Taser or any of the common forms of police brutality, contact professional legal counsel to discuss possible remedies.
- Excessive Force – utilizing more physical force than necessary to subdue a criminal causing bodily harm or death; examples include the use of a taser or pepper spray, forceful beating, continuous beating after victim is subdued, choke holds, unlawful arrests, shooting unarmed victim and deadly force.
- Sexual Assault – if a police officer has engaged in sexual harassment or abuse, under the guise of their professional employment, it is a form of police brutality where civil and criminal legal action may be brought against that officer
- False Arrest and Wrongful Imprisonment – unlawful restraint of a person’s freedom of movement by another acting in perceived accordance with the law.
- Wrongful Search and Seizure Activity – protection from “unreasonable searches and seizures” notwithstanding probable cause enabling a search warrant.
- Racial and Gender Discrimination – bias-based policing is the intentional practice by an individual law enforcement officer who incorporates prejudicial judgments based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, religious beliefs, or age that are inappropriately applied in the performance of his/her duties.
Hire an attorney.
Call a legal professional at Ricci Partners, LLC Attorneys at Law, to see if your civil rights have been violated through harmful actions of police misconduct, and if there is a potential case for damages. Damages may include hospital/medical expenses; past and future permanent disability payments; emotional distress including depression and anxiety; loss of enjoyment of life; physical pain and suffering; and loss of love and companionship due to a death or serious injury caused by police brutality through excessive force or other harmful actions affecting your livelihood and community standing.
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