Skip to main content

Two days ago near Ashland, Oregon, a young woman, dazed and oblivious, walking naked on the side of a freeway, was tasered by an Oregon State Trooper because... well, for no obvious reason other than she failed to obey an order to halt.  

This description of the incident comes from a Good Samaritan who stopped, tried to help the young woman, and then called police when she was unresponsive. Little did he realize what would happen when a police person arrived.

The trooper who arrived called for her to stop, and threatened twice to tase her. After giving no response, two little red dots appeared on her back, then metal darts. "She seized up, and she just fell face first on the ground; just face first on the ground."


See some of you at the Daily Kos caucus this morning at Netroots Nation.  If I'm not tasered on the way down.

More info


Just after 4 a.m., a passing motorist spotted the pedestrian, later identified as a husky 11-year-old girl suffering from autism... The girl ignored the Good Samaritan's efforts to get her to stop, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, an OSP spokesman.

When a trooper arrived, the girl remained uncooperative and continued wandering along an unlit stretch of highway, Hastings said. The trooper was "worried about hallucinogenic impairment," when the girl ran out into traffic lanes, he said. After two warnings, the trooper used her taser to bring the girl down, Hastings added...

The child's father, Aram Hampson, told a Medford-area television station that his daughter has a severe case of autism and cannot carry on a conversation... Hampson called the taser use "excessive."

Originally posted to jpmassar on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 08:37 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos Oregon, Koscadia, and Police Accountability Group.

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

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site