End Abusive Use of Tasers in U.S. Jails

Video footage obtained by Reuters reveals disturbing incidents of officers and prison guards abusing their authority by using tasers, unnecessarily, on incarcerated people.

One case involves the 2009 tasing of 20-year-old pregnant and handcuffed Martini Smith, who experienced a miscarriage just five days later.

Another is the 2016 repeated tasing of a 19-year-old man despite his being strapped in a restraint chair.

United Nations experts have called for an investigation, classifying this widespread abuse of tasers in U.S. jails as torture.

To the Office of the Attorney General:

We demand a federal investigation into the abusive use of tasers in jails across the United States.


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Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
15841 3 months ago Andrew Tangalos Charlotte, NC
15840 3 months ago Kathy Sterbank Eugene, OR
15839 3 months ago Michael Foote Keller, TX
15838 3 months ago Debra Sullenberger Lancaster, PA
15837 3 months ago Robert Chase ROSEVILLE, MN
15836 3 months ago Katrina Smith Shelton, CT Yes, I agree that tasers are torture, especially in a jail setting when the recipient is powerless to escape.
15835 3 months ago James Keeney Sarasota, FL
15834 3 months ago Stevie Horton Lincoln, NE
15833 3 months ago Dorothy Anderson Weymouth, MA
15832 3 months ago Lauren Lichtman Bronx, NY
15831 3 months ago Will Hicks Shreveport, LA If inmate is a threat is one thing - otherwise do not use.
15830 3 months ago Marsha Atchley Freeman, MO Tasers should only be used when necessary.
15829 3 months ago Paul Tomaselli Salinas, CA
15828 3 months ago B.L. Melton Orange, TX
15827 3 months ago Janet Prince Nashua , NH
15826 3 months ago Pat Carneal Port Ludlow, WA
15825 3 months ago THERON JACOBS San Diego, CA
15824 3 months ago Rebecca Augustin Somerton, AZ
15823 3 months ago Anonymous San Jose, CA
15822 3 months ago Javier Del Valle Montebello, CA
15821 3 months ago Carolyn Young Flagstaff, AZ
15820 3 months ago Jenise Grice-Reedus Irvington, NJ
15819 3 months ago Michael Sileno Greensboro, NC
15818 3 months ago Christopher Kirchwey Cambridge, MA
15817 3 months ago Marilyn Kamp Orrville, OH
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Background:
> Reuters: The Prisoners