National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

The Angela Jones Case: Taser and Cardiac Arrest

Video from California Highway Patrol here.

So much wrong here.  The entire encounter with the police seems dubious.  The use of the taser was unnecessary and excessive.

Some like to point out that the prisons are not filled with marijuana users.  True, but what’s hard to see are the countless injustices that go on because marijuana is illegal.  Ms. Jones was fearful of a search of her purse, which contained some marijuana.  If marijuana were legal, she would not have been concerned and this tragic incident would not have happened.

Recall that the rationale behind the criminalization of marijuana is to protect people:  keep them healthy and safe.  More and more people are recognizing that the war on drugs makes things worse, not better.

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