Sign this petition to demand a federal investigation into the abusive use of tasers in jails across the United States.
Video footage obtained by Reuters reveals disturbing incidents of officers and prison guards abusing their authority by using tasers, unnecessarily, on incarcerated people.
The video footage reveals 22 incidents that took place in jails in four locations: Franklin County, Ohio; Cheatham County, Tennessee; Franklin County, Arkansas; and McCurtain County, Oklahoma.
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One case involves the 2009 tasing of 20-year-old pregnant Martini Smith, who experienced a miscarriage just five days later. Smith was in handcuffs when tased, and had been in handcuffs for over six hours. She told Franklin County, Ohio, prison guards that she was unable to comply with their demand to take her tongue ring out. For that offense, they tased her in the chest.
Another case of torture identified in the video footage is a 2016 incident in which Cheatham County, Tennessee, guards repeatedly tased a 19-year-old man despite his being strapped in a restraint chair.
United Nations experts have called for an investigation, classifying this widespread abuse of tasers in U.S. jails as torture. Jens Modvig, chairman of the U.N. Committee against Torture, which monitors nations' compliance with the global treaty against torture, condemns the incidents as "blatant abuse” and "likely to merit prosecution."
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> Reuters: The Prisoners