Two Nashua, N.H., police officers used a Taser to subdue a slight Chinese woman trying to buy IPhones at a Nashua mall last week.
Xiaojie Li, who says she doesn’t speak English and had to talk through her daughter, tried to buy several IPhones from the mall’s Apple store, but was limited to buying two. She said she wanted to send them to relatives in China.
She recorded video of other customers buying more than two at a time. Store employees then asked her to leave and the store requested a no-trespass order. Several days later, the 44-year-old Xiaojie returned to the store to buy more IPhones and was again asked to leave.
When she didn’t leave, police decided she was resisting arrest. Xiaojie’s family said she didn’t understand what was happening.
A mall patron made a video that showed Xiaojie lying on the ground with two officers on her. The Taser can be heard crackling, followed by Xiaojie’s screams.
Police are increasingly resorting to Tasers and brute force — including beating and shooting “suspects” — in all types of situations. Tasers are considered non-lethal weapons, but they are quite lethal.
In Texas in another situation that demonstrates why you should never call police, two police officers are being sued for using a Taser on a man who was suffering a seizure. The 50-year-old man suffered a heart attack and permanent brain damage.
Police were responding to a 911 call for medical assistance. When officers Chard Norman and Kevin Sederquest arrived at the man’s house, they controlled the man by “pushing a knee on his back while he was in handcuffs, causing his head to be pressed against the back cushion of a chair, all while he was still convulsing,” according the victim’s brother. After he was handcuffed, he was Tasered again.
It took paramedics 11 minutes to revive the man and restart his pulse.
In Los Angeles last month, police Tasered a 50-year-old woman who did not consent to having her personal belongings searched, which is her right as guaranteed under the 4th Amendment. The Taser caused her to go into cardiac arrest. She claims to have permanent brain injuries and loss of memory.