A group of black bloggers is sponsoring a petition and calling for Congressional hearings on police use of tasers against African-Americans in the U.S.
Group member Eddie Griffin, of the blog, Eddie Griffin-BASG, said, “While there continues to be considerable media and congressional attention to torture in Guantanamo, there is comparatively little attention to the mounting evidence of human rights violations in the streets of America by a number of police departments across America, including torture and killings of black children, women and men through-out the United States through the use and abuse of Tasers.”I'm not sure why misuse or overuse of tasers is only a problem for black Americans. There have been plenty of news stories detailing questionable taser use by police on people of various races, including a number cases where children have been tasered. In the latest incident, a school police officer in Phoenix, Arizona tasered a 14 year-old boy in order to break-up a fistfight. Was blasting a kid with 50,000 volts really the best option?
But regardless of the racial issue, the black bloggers' initiative points out yet again why it is so hard to take seriously the hysteria about torturing terrorists. There are all sorts of questionable activities, many of which could be considered torture -- especially using the broad definition favored by torture opponents -- that take place regularly within our criminal justice system. We tolerate and sometimes even advocate those activities. Yet people actually get all worked up about the torture of foreign terrorists.