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Thu Feb 26 2009
Dozens March in Santa Rosa to Ban Tasers
Thu Feb 26 2009
New Campaign Launched to Ban Taser Use in Sonoma County
On February 13th, about 75 people gathered in Santa Rosa's Courthouse Square to demand that the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department end their use of Tasers, a deadly device which has led to five deaths of unarmed civilians in our community over the last two years. The October 22nd Coalition Against Police Brutality organized the protest as part of a new campaign demanding the end of Taser use in Sonoma County.

After a brief rally, people took over both lanes of Mendocino Avenue during rush hour. Marchers ranged from high school students to grandmothers of the local victims of police brutality. A marching band followed the protest, lifting the spirits of the participants and helping everybody to brave the freezing, wet weather. Many people joined the march as it went along. One student from the local junior college remarked, "I was pissed off because i had to sit in traffic behind the march, then i heard what you were chanting and i was like 'fuck yeah,' so i parked my car and joined the march!" Read more

See also: Gathering of Community Organizations and Activists on March 1st || Richard Lua Tasered to Death by San Jose Police
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