Further adventures in America's public relations with the world: the video above, taken on a student's camera phone, shows an Iranian-American UCLA student Mostafa Tabatabainejad getting shot with a taser at least five times in a UCLA library for "failing to show student ID". The video is pretty fucking disturbing.
For those who say the guy should have just left? Try doing that as you're getting tazed.
This apparently happened on November 14. I had no idea about this until my brother, who's at college on the East Coast, told me about this. Gives you some idea about how much press coverage this has received in the MSM. Meanwhile, the virtual community on the internet, across the world, seems pretty outraged about the video.
The incident is disgusting. Tasered multiple times for failing to show student ID on a random ID check in a library? I want to think that the wild spread of this video through YouTube augurs a new era of accountability, but imagine the videos not shot, of the acts of Americans in secret, dark places we don't even know about, and may never know about.
Oh, and don't worry, there are those who are making sure no one gets the idea that this incident had anything to do with Tabatabainejad's race. In fact, one finds David Lazar, Vice-Chairman of the UCLA Republicans, blaming Tabatabainejad for the incident:
In my opinion, he was asking for it.This has got to be one of the most idiotic, insane, and thoroughly repellent editorials I've ever read. "[H]e was asking for it"? Young Republicans are apparently drinking deeply from the cup of Ann Coulter's wisdom.
When Mostafa Tabatabainejad refused to present his BruinCard in Powell Library when asked during a routine check by Community Service Officers, scoffing at them and police, it created an uproar, the fallout of which has graced airwaves and prompted headlines internationally.
Whether or not the police used excessive force, there is no doubt that the student showed a blatant disregard for UCLA's regulations and police authority. . . .
We now know, in hindsight, that Tabatabainejad was not dangerous, but he might have acted in such a way to make the police worried about potential danger. People should take this into account before jumping to conclusions.
Regardless of whether or not the police used excessive force, we should all agree that Tabatabainejad is at least partially to blame for his less-than-brilliant behavior. . . .
There is even a protest planned for today, taking issue with the police handling of the situation. On the Facebook page he created for the event, third-year business economics student Combiz Abdolrahimi calls for the protest on grounds that racial profiling was responsible for the situation.
But attempts to paint this as an issue of racial profiling really stretch the facts. I – who by no means look middle Eastern – have been asked to produce my BruinCard by CSOs.
If I then refused to comply with the directions of the CSO – being asked to leave – I would fully expect to be treated somewhat roughly by the police. . . .
If you feel like discussing the article with the bright-eyed young and conservative Lazar, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.