Target: Nashua Chief of Police John Seusing
Goal: Drop charges against woman tasered for buying multiple iPhones
Recently, a woman attempted to buy multiple new iPhones at an Apple store in Nashua, New Hampshire. Xiaojie Li intended to buy the phones to send to her family in China. However, she was told that there was a limit of two iPhones per customer and asked to leave the store. When she refused, police forcibly removed her by shocking her with a taser. Li had done nothing to warrant this harsh treatment from the police.
Li had previously bought two iPhones from the store, and ordered two more online to pick up at the store. However, she was refused the items because the store claimed she had reached a limit set by Apple. The limit is an old Apple policy that has been lifted, which means that Li had the right to buy as many iPhones as she did. When asked to leave the store, Li refused, possibly because she did not understand the request. The store manager then asked police to remove Li. She was shocked with a taser and forcibly removed. According to her fiancé, the police “threw her on the ground, they threw her around, they bruised her all over the place, they handcuffed her way too hard.”
According to the Apple store manager and the police, they believed that Li was buying the phones in order to resell them online. However, it is not unreasonable to believe that she intended to give the phones to relatives, especially as it is the holiday season. As many internet resellers of Apple products are Chinese websites, the manager may have made assumptions based on Li’s race. Additionally, Li was unable to understand the requests of the manager and police, and they became hostile because she has a poor grasp of English. The police reacted too harshly to Li when she had done nothing wrong, and need to apologize and drop the charges against her.
Dear Chief Seusing,
Recently, a woman was tasered by Nashua, New Hampshire police officers for refusing to leave an Apple store. Xiaojie Li was denied the right to purchase more than two iPhones because of an outdated Apple policy, and officers forcibly removed her from the store at the manager’s request. However, Li could not understand the manager’s request to leave the store, and only resisted the police efforts because of her poor grasp of English. She was abused and shocked by a taser because she could not understand.
I ask you to apologize and drop the charges against Li. She had the intention of sending the phones to relatives, but the manager instantly assumed she would be reselling them and asked her to leave without proof. The officers who escorted her out ignored the fact that she could not speak English and proceeded to abuse her, causing bruises and injuries. Li is innocent, and the charges against her must be dropped.
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