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You'll have to follow the link to see a woman hogtied, handcuffed and lying in the back seat of a car while a police officer repeatedly tases her.

A mentally troubled woman, tased by a Chariton police officer even after she was hogtied in the back of his police cruiser, is speaking out.

It’s a video the Chariton Police Department does not want you to see.  It shows Sergeant Tyler Ruble tasing 34-year old Amy Storm after Storm was stopped two years ago because Ruble was investigating whether she was the victim of domestic abuse.

The video shows officers cuffing her hands and feet, and hog-tying her…then tasing her while she was in the back seat of the police cruiser.

The original newscast with graphic video.

The police video has just now come to light after two years.

There are so many things wrong here it is almost impossible to count.  She was thought to be the victim of domestic abuse... so they tased her.  She was handcuffed and lying prone... so they tased her.  Their were multiple officers who might have done something... and yet they just watched as she continued to be tased.

Then they refused to release the video... citing medical privacy laws. (Once you've been tased, you obviously need medical treatment, and so Catch-22?)

Then the police claim their actions were justified by a 'Use of Force' policy that the department refuses to release to the press, and which may not even exist, and which, I'm guessing, probably doesn't suggest holding onto someone's face who is lying down and in handcuffs and tasing them at the same time.

Once again, here is a link to the original news report and more graphic excerpts from the video. In this report, the officer who did the tasing is reported to have attacked and injured his wife two weeks later and should have been arrested for it, but wasn't.  The station reported that

Under the state`s freedom of information law we requested a copy of any disciplinary action taken against Sergeant Ruble and a copy of the department`s policy on the use of tasers.

We were told sergeant Ruble was not disciplined and the department does not currently have a policy in place regarding the use of tasers.

If police had even a shred of humanity (as opposed to policanity) they would go and (figuratively speaking, of course) rip officers limb from limb who do this sort of thing.  They would make sure that such "peace officers" never worked another day anywhere except on a chain gang. Instead, they protect each other. They protect those who pepper spray grandmothers and those who beat to death the mentally ill and those who shoot unarmed kids over a few ounces of marijuana (or nothing at all) and those who beat up or shoot peaceful protesters and those who tase women under their control.

It should come as no surprise, given that we as a society allow this shit to continue in the name of "law and order", that while violent crime rates are going down, the rate of police killing people is up.

Caveat emptor.

Originally posted to jpmassar on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 07:41 PM PDT.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, Progressive Hippie, Police Accountability Group, and German American Friendship Group.

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