The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Janice Wells, age 57, a third-grade teacher, called the Richland Police Department when she feared a prowler was outside her clapboard house in the rural west Georgia town. ... within minutes of an officer coming to her backdoor, she was screaming in pain and begging not to be shocked again with a Taser. With each scream and cry, the officer threatened her with more shocks. ...Ryan Smith of the nearby Lumpkin Police Department. ...Smith, who quit eight days after the incident, remains unrepentant. ... [LINK]
Ms. Wells is black. The directly-involved officers are white. Probably just a coincidence.
Having 'rights' shouldn't just be about huge lawsuits and settlements years after the fact. It should be about ACTUALLY HAVING rights. And those rights should be enforced by the direct intervention of the Federal government. After all, isn't protecting citizens one of the prime roles of government? From enemies "both foreign AND DOMESTIC".
Being TORTURED, and that's exactly what it was, is not something that should be actually happening in rural Georgia, nor in a New Orleans hospital, nor anywhere.
Defending basic rights means that Smith needs to be sent to prison.
Maybe then he'll get it.
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