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.
15842 1 week ago Tanya Croke Tunbridge , VT Perhaps it is time to consider rehabilitative programs in our prisons and jails, not corporal punishment. Let's look to the behavioral psychology. We all should know by now that abuse and torture do...
15841 1 week ago Andrew Tangalos Charlotte, NC
15840 1 week ago Kathy Sterbank Eugene, OR
15839 1 week ago Michael Foote Keller, TX
15838 1 week ago Debra Sullenberger Lancaster, PA
15837 1 week ago Robert Chase Roseville, MN
15836 1 week 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 1 week ago James Keeney Sarasota, FL
15834 1 week ago Stevie Horton Lincoln, NE
15833 1 week ago Dorothy Anderson Weymouth, MA
15832 1 week ago Lauren Lichtman Bronx, NY
15831 1 week ago Will Hicks SHREVEPORT, LA If inmate is a threat is one thing - otherwise do not use.
15830 1 week ago Marsha Atchley Freeman, MO Tasers should only be used when necessary.
15829 1 week ago Paul Tomaselli Salinas, CA
15828 1 week ago B.L. Melton Orange, TX
15827 1 week ago Janet Prince Nashua , NH
15826 1 week ago Pat Carneal Port Ludlow, WA
15825 1 week ago THERON JACOBS San Diego, CA
15824 1 week ago Rebecca Augustin Somerton, AZ
15823 1 week ago Anonymous San Jose, CA
15822 1 week ago Javier Del Valle Montebello, CA
15821 1 week ago Carolyn Young Flagstaff, AZ
15820 1 week ago Jenise Grice-Reedus Irvington, NJ
15819 1 week ago Michael Sileno Greensboro, NC
15818 1 week ago Christopher Kirchwey Cambridge, MA
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Background:
> Reuters: The Prisoners