The use of electric shock as a method of torture was first documented in Nazi, Germany, but today it is still used as an acceptable use of torture in the United States.
In Gwinnett County, Georgia, an un-edited police videotape shows 31-year-old Deacon Frederick Williams being struck with a TASER five times in 43 seconds, just 4 minutes after being led into the jail.
He was handcuffed behind his back and in leg restraints, following an epileptic seizure at his home; an ambulance was called by his wife and son, but the police arrived first. His last words were: "Don't kill me, man. Don't kill me."
No charges have been filed in the torture / execution; the County DA refused to show this video to a Grand Jury, even though another man in custody was murdered just months earlier after being tortured with a TASER by the same police.
Coverage from some of the local media is here: http://www.11alive.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=62415 http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0505-24.htm http://brownwatch.squarespace.com/police-brutality-watch/2006/4/9/gwinnett-county-deputy-impleads-taser-company-in-death-of-hog-tied-black-man.html http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=&url_article_id=13652&change_well_id=2 http://www.saveourcivilliberties.org/en/2005/04/1070.shtml
While the Bush administration seeks to reinterpret the Geneva Conventions to allow the torture for foreign detainees, few people realize that torture is already 100% legal in the US when a US citizen is tortured by American State or Federal authorities.
The torture standards now under debate relate only to foreign detainees, who presently retain far more rights than any US citizen. However, the Bush administration has refused to address the documented and widespread torture of its own citizens of which its own officials are fully aware.
A complete copy of the police-recorded footage on DVD is also available at no charge upon request.
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