Tasermania: Another (alleged) UCLA student speaks

Via Jim Treacher, the latest from the Tucker Max message boards:

As a current UCLA student and one who has been involved with this university for over 8 years now, I can tell you the late-night ID checks in Powell are neither random nor unprecedented. I’ve had this happen many times through the years. The CSOs come by (CSO = enrolled student, not cop, who has a radio and pepper spray and the authority to do not a lot more than ask you to comply with university regulations or state, local, and federal laws, then use aforementioned radio to call in someone to enforce your compliance if/when you refuse) and announce in a loud voice that they’ll be checking IDs and that anyone not possessing a Bruin Card will be asked to leave. This is a well-known policy. It is a posted policy. It is also a policy that I have observed being enforced every night I’ve been in the library after hours on every student present without regard to sex, color, manner of dress, or size of latte consumed. When you don’t have a Bruin Card, you’re asked to leave. If you don’t leave, you’re told the cops will come. If you still don’t leave, the cops are called.

At the point the actual gun-carrying, law-enforcing police arrive, it’s a little late to try and talk your way out of the situation or try and make a run for it…

We’ve had incidents of students being harassed, mugged, pick-pocketed and assaulted, just as any community has (incidentally, the UCPD and CSOs provide free escort services to anyone who requests it after hours in order to maintain the safety of students. All one has to do is pick up one of the numerous campus phones and call). If you refuse to leave when asked to do so, your behavior is already suspicious and grounds for at least detainment and questioning…

Based off the tone and intensity of his cries to not touch him, I think it might be reasonable to assume that Tabatabainejad may have jerked back violently from the officer’s grasp, shoved an officer, or otherwise reacted with a sudden physical outburst to accompany his vocal one. If I’m a cop, this would signal to me that I might not be dealing with a rational individual. Logic doesn’t work without the ability to rationalize, so sometimes force must be employed, whether verbal, non-verbal, physical, non-lethal, or lethal…

I find it odd that a student would respond in such a way if he were met with calm and reasonable demands from officers. I find it odd that the police would resort to the tactics they chose if the suspect in question clearly appeared to be a student or was complying in a timely and respectful fashion with their instructions…

I find it more odd that my fellow students would be so quick to organize rallies and protests against police brutality. Unless I’ve been living under a rock somewhere, this is the first incident I can recall in which the UCPD here at UCLA had to resort to this kind of force in dealing with a student.

He doesn’t really find that last part odd, though, does he?

You’ll be gratified to know that the Islamic Republic is now involved, its tender feelings having been hurt by the tasering of one of its “nationals.” Except that Tabatabainejad isn’t an Iranian national; he’s an American citizen. The foreign ministry vows that it’s “seriously pursuing the case.” Will Tabatabainejad accept their help? The blogosphere waits with bated breath to find out.