Malaika Brooks refused to sign a traffic ticket. This is not an arrestable offense in Washington state. The attending officers, apparently unfamiliar with the law, decided to illegally arrest Ms. Brooks. She lawfully resisted the illegal arrest. The attending officers, apparently unfamiliar with basic common sense, then applied painful electric shocks to Ms. Brooks three times leaving permanent scars.
(I guess they didn't have a 230v generator, booster cables and a pair of damp sponges on hand, so they used a taser instead. Geesh, the damp sponges at least wouldn't have left scars...)
A three-judge panel had erroneously concluded that electric shock torture of pregnant women being illegally arrested was acceptable. One of the judges dissented and noted the the decision of the other two was "off-the-wall".
The case now goes back to a larger panel to reexamine the question of: Is Taser International's "Electro-Torture America" (TM) program compatible with the fundamental rights of Americans?
Gee...I wonder what a correct decision would look like?
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