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.


126-150 of 13917 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
13792 1 month ago Rochelle Mazer Granada Hills, CA
13791 1 month ago George Lynch Castaic, CA
13790 1 month ago Sacha de Nijs Huntington Beach, CA
13789 1 month ago Denise Jones LONGMONT, CO
13788 1 month ago Dalal Musa Falls Church, VA
13787 1 month ago Sarah Crowe Springfield, VA
13786 1 month ago Emily Withnall Missoula, MT
13785 1 month ago Tony Stirk Fairfax, VA Tasers should be used only to protect law enforcement who might be harmed. They should not be used as a punishment or to force compliance when there is no threat to law enforcement or others.
13784 1 month ago Anonymous mt horeb, WI
13783 1 month ago Robert Elder Valdosta, GA Tasers are TORTURE!!! Decent human beings are opposed to TORTURE!!!
13782 1 month ago Dori Smith Mansfield Center, CT This is torture in America. This woman had rights even if she was accused of murder. And her unborn child was innocent of any wrong doing. Neither deserved to die in this horrible way. Stop this. St...
13781 1 month ago william watkins vista, CA
13780 1 month ago Anonymous Country Club Hills, IL Stop torturing people.
13779 1 month ago Callie Matthews Houston , TX
13778 1 month ago Marianne Follingstad Rockville, MD
13777 1 month ago Douglas Cobb Peoria, AZ
13776 1 month ago Ofelia Perez Almoloya de Juarez, ot
13775 1 month ago Christopher Hill Sammamish, WA Isn't America supposed to be an example of good in the world? This is unacceptable!
13774 1 month ago Nancy Gross New York, NY
13773 1 month ago Ann Nichols Sierra Vista, AZ Why are guards who are willing to taser, let alone repeatedly taser, restrained prisoners not in jail themselves???
13772 1 month ago Jennifer Quick Hummelstown, PA
13771 1 month ago Anonymous Palo Alto , CA
13770 1 month ago Sandra Choi Sandy Springs , GA
13769 1 month ago Anonymous Herrin, IL
13768 1 month ago Jenifer Garlitz Joliet, IL
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Background:
> Reuters: The Prisoners