From Hot Air site, via of Spades comes a link to a student who gives some background information on UCLA policies.
As a current UCLA student and one who has been involved with this university for over 8 years now, I can tell you the late-night IDSo, apparently, the CSOs (yes, they ARE students) were the first officials involved in the incident. After the individual refused to comply, the regular cops were called, who then applied the taser. As the link states, what is NOT seen on the video is what caused the student to start screaming to not touch him. Did he resist leaving? Was his resistance physical as well as vocal? The video doesn't show that. I'm hoping the investigation brings out ALL the facts in the case.
checks in Powell are neither random nor unprecedented. I’ve had this happen many times through the years. The CSOs come by (CSO = enrolled student, not cop, who has a radio and pepper spray and the authority to do not a lot more than ask you to comply with university regulations or state, local, and federal laws, then use aforementioned radio to call in someone to enforce your compliance if/when you refuse) and announce in a loud voice that they’ll be checking IDs and that anyone not possessing a Bruin Card will be asked to leave. This is a well-known policy. It is a posted policy. It is also a policy that I have observed being enforced every night I’ve been in the library after hours on every student present without regard to sex, color, manner of dress, or size of latte consumed. When you don’t have a Bruin Card, you’re asked to leave. If you don’t leave, you’re told the cops will come. If you still don’t leave, the cops are called.
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