CityCouncil, Lawsuits, Tasering

Fighting Back On Tasers
The Public i, Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center Posted on Feb. 2010 by Barbara Kessel | update: still awaiting trial
STOP TASING CHILDREN IN KANKAKEE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL”
This is the message being sent by eight parents of eight junior high students, aged 12–14, in four multi-million lawsuits in the U.S. Federal District Court, Central District of Illinois–Urbana Division, on January 14, January 20, and February 11, 2010.
These parents —Alta Young,Stella Bender, Timothy Stone, Rhonda Bledsoe, Pearl Dossett, Angell Leggett, Sakenya Love, and Paulette Calhoun-are alleging that their children were tased in Kankakee Junior High School by the white School Resource Officer and member of the Kankakee Police Department, Lonnie Netzel without cause or justification.”
These four lawsuits have been filed in Federal and not State Courts due to the charge of Denial of Equal Protection under the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The eight parents allege that tasings by the Caucasion police officer only take place against “African-American students,” or in one suit, “against minorities.”  Continue reading >>
Related: Minority & Special Needs Kids Tasered by Cop in Classroom ‘Demos’
Ethics Soup, suburban Denver, CO, Posted on Jan 30, 2010 by Sharon McEachern

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When you do not stand up
when government and power
retaliate to shut you up,
when you cower under cover,
never speaking up,
you become the attacker,
you give government power
to attack another and another.
You are attacked because
the person before you cowered.
The next is attacked because of you.
So on your feet!
Do not whisper,
do not hide pretending
you do not see,
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like you live in America,
before it’s gone.
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“Nobody home!
Steal My Plumbing!
Trash Me!”
Posted by kankakeegazette.com 6-2-2013
Most street-wise people know not to be a victim of crime. Never flash a large roll of cash or open a very full wallet in plain site. Avoid bragging about your Mercedes out in the lot. Avoid certain neighborhoods at all times. Avoid others at peak crime hours. Don’t pick fights in bars. Carry a real police whistle. Carry pepper spray.
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Protecting yourself is frequently straight-forward. Protecting property may be a tad more complex. But, again, basic cautions are simple, particularly when protecting, say, your house.
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