Skip to main content

It appears that the officer who was videotaped repeatedly tasering a student for being unable to stand up after being tasered has a history of inappropriately using excessive force:

In May 1990, he was accused of using his nightstick to choke someone who was hanging out on a Saturday in front of a UCLA fraternity. Kente S. Scott alleged that Duren confronted him while he was walking on the street outside the Theta Xi fraternity house.

Scott sued the university, and according to court records, UCLA officials moved to have Duren dismissed from the police force. But after an independent administrative hearing, officials overturned the dismissal, suspending him for 90 days.
In October 2003, Duren shot and wounded a homeless man he encountered in Kerckhoff Hall. Duren chased the man into a bathroom, where they struggled and he fired two shots.

And the really scary part: they've put this armed and violent crook back on patrol:

Duren ... was back on duty at the UCLA campus Monday night

That's just crazy -- an officer caught on tape using excessive force, with a history of such incidents, needs to be on some sort of administrative suspension pending the completion of a formal investigation, not put back onto campus with a gun.

The UCLA student newspaper has also looked into  Officer Terrence Duren's past:

According to one court complaint presented in the trial, Duren allegedly woke a student sleeping in the study hall in Kerckhoff in August 1993, escorted him outside, slammed him against a wall, and handcuffed and arrested him.

The complaint also stated that on the way to the police station, Duren told the student, "For a while there I thought I was going to have to 'Rodney King' you."

Originally posted to silence on Tue Nov 21, 2006 at 10:54 AM PST.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Meteor Blades, Deep Dark, jm1963, wozzle, Thumb, Jett, sj, Joe Bob, gxschier, Alfred E Newman, Marek, dwellscho, Carl Nyberg, Michigan Paul, kid oakland, Trix, Piotr, oofer, randompost, eugene, vivacia, Rayne, Fran for Dean, teacherken, Politburo, CalifSherry, Thom K in LA, Oregon Bear, joejoejoe, TaraIst, bgod, Kimberly Stone, joeltpatterson, TrueBlueMajority, Unstable Isotope, melvynny, stumpy, pelican, RunawayRose, bosdcla14, Shockwave, SanJoseLady, Ralfast, lysias, martianchronic, Pesto, cmk, varro, marjo, blogswarm, theran, BenGoshi, Norwegian Chef, Walt starr, exNYinTX, Eric J in MN, bostonjay, Gareth, PeterSD, Geotpf, Eternal Hope, RumsfeldResign, jackspace, tlh lib, Cho, Boston Boomer, bronte17, KB, skrymir, landrew, mentaldebris, wonkydonkey, Susan1138, whenwego, grrtigger, ganner918, Dont Just Stand There, fbb, mkfarkus, rabel, roses, javelina, peraspera, brianj, LondonYank, standingup, Fe, BruinKid, Swordsmith, chrisfreel, Thaxter, Nate Roberts, Jesterfox, Gonzophile, petewsh61, diana04, bewert, navajo, Cedwyn, rocketito, celticshel, Alohaleezy, avi, boot1780, hopesprings, Doolittle, rcvanoz, danthrax, sockpuppet, xoRfl, IMind, bula, Nina, Science and Art, downandout, EuroDem, Penny Century, snakelass, dnn, produceus, sommervr, walkshills, Bluefish, AllisonInSeattle, KateCrashes, Sembtex, kfred, Da Buddy, Marianne Benz, Steven D, Dr Seuss, HK, bronxdem, ChaosMouse, Proudtobeliberal, kd texan, homogenius, vacantlook, Dave in RI, thereisnospoon, vansterdam, Shapeshifter, iliketodrum, BDA in VA, sdc, Fabian, chumley, Cyphrus42, Tinfoil Hat, deBOraaah, MrOrtiz, djesno, Methion, liberal atheist, tzt, Five of Diamonds, deepfish, baccaruda, subtropolis, biskit67, Bodean, PBen, Paul Goodman, PsychoSavannah, Jashugan, offred, Alien Abductee, clammyc, ZappoDave, station wagon, ChemBob, dynamicstand, KiaRioGrl79, anonymousredvest18, YucatanMan, thefos, roninbushido, reflectionsv37, Bouwerie Boy, ratzo, suskind, teknofyl, mateosf, chicagovigilante, EconAtheist, GTPinNJ, dunderhead, sheddhead, abbeysbooks, woobie, AnotherMassachusettsLiberal, Cannabis, FightTheFuture, wiscmass, Circle, gpm, Lindy, Spathiphyllum, proudprogressiveCA, hcc in VA, xaxnar, Mehitabel9, Coherent Viewpoint, andreuccio, LeftOverAmerica, Petronella, zot23, emperor nobody, tarheelblue, tommymet, PatsBard, highfive, cas2, billydanielus, sabeke, BlueInARedState, emeraldmaiden, Still Thinking, DMIer, 8ackgr0und N015e, raptavio, Dvalkure, InsultComicDog, Ohio 2nd, Albatross, tbetz, quinque, TalkieToaster, Lashe, arbiter, VegasLiberalStevo, DSPS owl, novapsyche, NewAmericanLeft, armadillo, MO Blue, Demena, myrealname, ER Doc, justadood, JugOPunch, Mad 60, Jiminy Cricket, zhimbo, Timothy J, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, va dare, means are the ends, Dreaming of Better Days, kurt, MadMs, djalix976, bic momma, Lew2006, FrankieB, bstotts, thepdxbikerboy, mr science, Temmoku, lemonsieur, Callandor, theark, Aaa T Tudeattack, AntKat, timewarp, Cronesense, SomeStones, possum, LSophia, BruceMcF, fairleft, aravir, dallasdave, McGirk, deirdre1952, operculum, ghkozen, Rex Manning, lizpolaris, BKuhl, Heyroot, vbdietz, Oreo, The Officious Intermeddler, PaulGaskin, SBE, madgranny, KJC MD, KeithCPA, JML9999, kin, Devsd, bloggerformerlyknownasbittergirl

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site