Target: Oregon State Police
Goal: Demand that Oregon police use taser guns only when appropriate
An 11-year-old girl with a severe form of autism was found walking down an Oregon freeway naked, just past four AM. A concerned passerby, Adam Bednar, notified police when he noticed she was confused and unaware of her surroundings. Bednar stayed with the girl until police arrived, only to witness her being tasered and falling face first on the ground.
Police claim they asked twice for the girl to stop, then proceeded to tase her in the back. Instead of resorting to such a painful restraint, police could have easily waited for back up to arrive to apprehend the girl in the appropriate way. The trooper did not know she was mentally ill and instead thought she was high on methamphetamine due to her unresponsiveness. The girl’s father says her condition doesn’t allow her to respond verbally at all.
While certain situations are appropriate for taser use, this is not one of them. This incident wasn’t fatal, but the number of deaths caused by inappropriate taser usage (going beyond the allotted five-second rule) has soared in the past ten years, leaving over 14,200 dead. Condemn the Oregon Police Department for inproper taser usage against an 11-year-old autistic girl.
Dear Oregon State Police,
There is no reason a an 11-year-old with severe autism should ever be brought to seize via taser gun. There are many other more humane and reasonable approaches to such a situation, and as a collective that is supposed to take care of it’s citizens, you should know this.
It’s no secret some policemen and women are taser-happy and abuse their privileges for apprehending a criminal or non-criminal. The standard five second rule allegedly will not kill a human, but since 2005 there have been over 14,000 killed via taser gun. Such a powerful and deadly weapon should not be abused in any way, shape or form. Use better judgement when it comes to using taser guns.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Kathryn in SF