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Mon Feb 17 2014
Man Tased on BART Train Repeatedly for "Doing Nothing"
Video Shows BART Police Officer Tase Non-Violent African American Man Twice on Train
H.H. Bhojani reports at AlterNet that around 10pm on January 29, Vidya Kaipa was on a train car heading toward Millbrae BART station, when Robert Asberry got on around Glen Park, sat down next to her and started to talk to her. Although she felt a little uncomfortable, Kaipa said she “didn’t at all feel threatened by him.” “He was a pretty nice guy, and was making harmless conversation,” she said.

Twenty minutes later, a police officer got onto the train car at the San Bruno station. He approached Robert and asked him to get off the train so he could ask Robert a few questions. Robert refused to obey the cop’s orders, instead asking why he was being taken off the train. Kaipa chimed in, saying, "It’s fine. He’s not bothering me. It’s okay.” That’s when the video starts.

After a brief back and forth, the police officer tases him. Robert collapses onto the floor, howling and crying. The cop drags his limp body out of the way. Kapia repeatedly says, “He wasn’t doing anything.” Other passengers on the train also pointed out the same thing. Robert echoes many times, “I didn’t do nothing, you tased me for no reason.” Other policemen file into the car. While Robert is on the floor, restrained and posing no real threat, he is again tased. Police officers later carry Robert out of the BART car.

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