We have been following questionable uses of tasers by police. This video from 2004 raises some disturbing questions where a former BYU professor Tom Lowery is tasered in court during a rambling argument. It is clear that the use of the force, in my view, was unnecessary and improper — particularly in a court of law.
Lowery was acting as his own attorney on November 22, 2004 and claims to suffer from stress-induced mental disability. He filed an action against three leaders of his local LDS church group. Judge Anthony Quinn understandably is put out by the use of foul language and cuts him off after he say “bullshit.” However, he should not have allowed this situation to escalate and the use of the taser by the officers was entirely unwarranted.
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