This was posted at Bungalow Bill's site. This is worse than the Rodney King incident, in my opinion, yet we heard nothing. Thanks for filling us in, BB!
What happened next is unclear. What is clear is Ozark police officers abused the power they were given. Obviously immobile, police officers claimed it was necessary to taser the boy. One thing is for sure, how can Ozark police officers justify the use of a taser 19 times of a 16-year-old boy with a broken back and a broken foot.
Ozark Police officers claim the boy started chanting anti-police words, and tried to run from them across the highway. You have to remember the boy had a broken back and a broken foot and was probably in shock, not exactly the most mobile situation for a person. Regardless of what the boy done, the healthy Ozark police force should have been able to contain the boy and get him emergency medical attention without the excessive use of force. This isn't the first time the Ozark police have been accused of excessive use of force. Many residents in the small town claim police officers abuse their force and then cover themselves on their police reports often leaving out important details.
An investigation followed into the use of tasers in Ozark, MO. The investigation concluded that indeed Hutchinson was tasered 19 times, and Ozark Police Department Captain Thomas Rousset mandated that a $400 taser cam would now be attached to the tasers.
An amazing thing happened after the cameras were purchased. Not one officer used their taser in the first month in which the cameras were installed. Imagine that, when officers have eyes upon them which may disprove their police reports they work not to employ the technology.
The Ozark Police Department didn't go far enough. If they have technology to place cameras on tasers, then they have technology to place cameras on cops. Just because Ozark police or any police department in the country has a taser cam and which has lowered their use of tasers doesn't mean abuse by police officers has ended. Until police wear cameras on their persons, police reports will remain doctored and the average citizen is under the mercy of how honest the officer is who files the complaint.
According to Alex Jones, the Ozark Police Department did not return KY3's follow up calls to the story concerning the Missouri Highway Patrol's investigation of the Ozark Police Department. Are they really here to serve and protect? Until they have cameras placed on their persons, I have my doubts about that. I do know using a taser on a person 19 times violates their Constitutional rights.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. Welcome to police state America.