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Call to Ban Tasers in San Jose
by Peter Maiden (pmaiden [at] pacbell.net)
Monday May 9th, 2005 11:16 PM
The Coalition for Justice and Accountability held a press conference on a rainy Monday, May 9, in front of San Jose City Hall, calling for a ban on the use of tasers, the electric shock devices now carried by all San Jose patrol officers. Below are (l to r): Aram James, Samina Faheem Sundas, and Richard Konda of the Coalition.
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After the killing of Bich Cau Thi Tran in 2003, the Coalition itself for a short time welcomed tasers as an alternative to deadly force. But the tasers turned out to be deadly themselves, and over 100 have since died across America after being shocked by the devices. The Coalition, anxious to prevent a taser killing in San Jose, issued a report Monday that says that tasers are being used with alarming frequency, and since they were put into use in San Jose, the number of police shootings has increased, not decreased as was predicted. “They are being used primarily on the vulnerable members of our population,” said Aram James, a Coalition spokesperson. “They’ve been tested in the streets, and we’ve had more than 100 deaths now, and if that’s not enough to say ‘look, it’s time to ban them,’ I don’t know what is.”

Perhaps 20 media outlets attended the press conference. Speakers were Richard Konda, of the Asian Law Alliance, Dr. Andrew Phelps, a mental health advocate, Corina Cardenas, daughter of slain citizen Rudy Cardenas, Samina Faheem Sundas of the American Muslim Voice and Andrea Prichett, of Berkeley Copwatch.

Below are links to two pdfs, the first is a copy of the very informative report, which the Coalition put together over the last two months under the direction of David Junya Taylor; the second is a graphic by Doug Minkler and Aram James. Below that are more photos of the event.
§PDF of Taser Report
by Peter Maiden (pmaiden [at] pacbell.net) Monday May 9th, 2005 11:16 PM
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§PDF of Taser Graphics Suitable for Leaflets
by Peter Maiden (pmaiden [at] pacbell.net) Monday May 9th, 2005 11:16 PM
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§Aram James addresses the Media
by Peter Maiden (pmaiden [at] pacbell.net) Monday May 9th, 2005 11:16 PM
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§Corina Cardenas is interviewed by channel two
by Peter Maiden (pmaiden [at] pacbell.net) Monday May 9th, 2005 11:16 PM
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