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TASERS Are Used By Cops To Terrorize, Not Thwart Danger [LINK TO VIDEO]

A judge has released video that shows a police officer threatening to taser two suspects, one in the neck, the other in the genitals. Constable Christopher Hominuk has pleaded guilty to one count of threatening bodily harm. (Feb, 8, 2011)

Video: Officer threatens taser use

Peter Small Courts Bureau

Videos showing a Toronto cop threatening to Taser two suspects demonstrate the need to record virtually all police interactions with the public, a prominent lawyer says.

“It shows the tremendous value of insisting that police-citizen encounters, and especially police-detainee encounters, are video and audio recorded,” Paul Burstein, president of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, said Tuesday.

There is no reason to believe police mistreatment of suspects is rampant, he added.

“Whether it’s rampant or rare … The only way to guard against it is to ensure that these encounters are video and audio recorded.”

July 22-24: 2nd INTERNATIONAL COPWATCH CONFERENCE in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The 2nd International Copwatch Conference will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on July 22, 23 and 24 of 2011.

Potential Presenters, Participants, and Tablers please read and register HERE.

The conference will include sessions of panel discussions, workshops, and video screenings that focus on particular aspects of policing. Some topics to be included are policing in the context of colonialism; policing and immigration; policing as a gendered and racialized practice; the fluidity of defining crime and criminality; keeping the police accountable; community alternatives to policing and practice of restorative justice models, and a range of other topics.

Know Your Rights & CopWatch Workshop, August 22nd

Know and assert your rights!

Workshop
When: August 22, 2009 1:00pm
Where: Peoples' Action for Rights and Community

Do you know what to do when approached by police? On the street? In your car or home? Do you know what to do when encountered by other government
agents? Do your children know?