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Saturday, October 10, 2015

 
Dispatch from torture nation

by digby

A quote from an officer charged with involuntary manslaughter:

"There was nothing taught regarding tasing or drive stunning a restrained individual, either way. The lesson plan was taught on how to restrain a person, and gain compliance. And that was through the use of a taser. There was nothing on there that said you could not tase somebody that was in restraints,” said Pvt. Meyers.

A Nigerian student with bipolar disorder was beaten and tasered to death in Georgia last January. Some officers are now on trial for involuntary manslaughter. He was beaten, kicked and tasered in the jail while having what was clearly a bipolar episode. He was also tasered while he was in a chair restraint and he died from what the coroner said was a combination of the blows and tasering.

Evidence has shown she directed deputies to use the restraint chair with Ajibade after he became combative in the Receiving and Discharge Unit, injuring Sgt. Anza Rowland in a scrap over her Taser.

Johnson also directed the deputies to put Ajibade in a detox cell where glass allowed for constant monitoring.

Instead he was taken to the holding cell in the older section of the jail, which had only a glass window.

The video played for the jury showed that Johnson and two other deputies looked in on a female detainee in Cell 2 but did not look in on Ajbade two cells away.

Evans is seen getting what Assistant District Attorney Matt Breedon called a “brown paper sack and a water bottle” about 12:57 a.m. and leaving the area near Cell 4 without checking on Ajibade.

Johnson told jurors that between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Jan. 2, that Kenny “just stated he had Tased (Ajibade). I just shook my head in disbelief.”

Evidence has showed that Kenny asked for a Taser and spit mask after Ajibade was placed in the holding cell.

You can see video of the beating and tasering here. They haven't puublicly releasd the footage of the tasering while restrained in the chair but jurors in the trial saw it last week.

Here's background on the case from CNN from a few months back.



They beat and tasered this mentally ill man and then tasered him again while he was restrained in a chair and then left him to die.

They were never told there was anything wrong with tasering someone while he was in restraints. They obviously didn't think there was anything wrong with torture either. But why would they?

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