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To Serve and Tase: This Is What US Police Brutality, Racial Profiling Look Like

By: Daniel Duarte - @dduart3 - May 19, 2014, 11:00 am

EspañolImagine you’re having a family gathering. The music is a little loud, maybe some karaoke fun. A neighbor calls the police and complains about noises coming from your home.

What do you think is more likely to happen?

A) Police don’t show up; they’re busy arresting robbers and patrolling isolated streets.

B) One or two police officers drop by and politely ask you to turn the volume down.

C) Half-dozen officers armed to the teeth raid your back door, pepper-spray children, pistol-whip relatives and tase Grandma.

If you’re a Latino living in the United States nowadays, you probably know what answer the rampant police brutality and racial profiling has made more probable. The following video shows Baytown Police Department officers serving and tasing citizens.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2AHI034tSA

As reported by the Daily Caller, “The family claimed that a 54-year-old grandmother was shot with a taser five times as she sat in a chair doing absolutely nothing wrong. The woman does not speak English, and did not understand what police wanted from her.”

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Daniel Duarte is an editor and translator with the PanAm Post. Based in Paraguay, he is currently finishing a bachelor's degree in philosophy, after moving back from France. Follow @dduart3.