Iranian UCLA Student Tasered by Campus Police

November 21, 2006

My friend Vivek Mittal, an UCLA law student, writes extensively about this incident and the aftermath here -- there is a link to the really disturbing video on his blog as well. This part of his entry really struck me:

If we don’t call things as they are - that Mostafa was targeted because he was a Persian male, that he was cuffed and then tazed more than four times because he was a person of color, that the UCPD’s actions have created a climate of fear for people of color all over campus, that ’safety’ as a message only means more cops and no change in accountability - then we all suffer.

Otherwise, a colleague of mine said he talked to someone at a Persian news outlet in L.A. who says there are some rumors going around that the incident was some kind of hoax perpetrated by Tabatabainejad in order to sue the police. I guess we'll see how this plays out.




I don't see why he couldn't have just gotten up and leave, if he showed force then i guess he had it coming
@ Joe: There were about 2-3 cops at the time when the incident began initially, or so according to the video, and the number'd grown later on. They could've easily detained him without the use of a taser. Just put the cuffs on him, how hard could it be? The use of the torture device (Which tasers are primarily used for, to more easily detain a culprit), was completely unnecessary. And the police officers, who're support to ensure the 'safety' of all students, even went as far as telling them they'd tase anyone who came too close, if all they wanted was their name and badge numbers. You tell me how this works, and how he had it 'coming'.
As a former UCLA student, and an active proponent of APA rights and related issues, I'd just like to put in my two cents and point out that everyone in Powell Library was asked for their ID, not just Mr. Tabatabainejad. Also, as the video shows, Mr. Tabatabainejad put up resistance before finally agreeing to leave (though notably he still yelled obsecenities at the UCPD even after being escorted out). As for the person of color issue, well, a third of the student body here is APA, and many UCPD officers are people of color themselves, so I think it's highly unlikely that racism would be the motivating factor behind this incident.
"Mr. Tabatabainejad put up resistance before finally agreeing to leave (though notably he still yelled obsecenities at the UCPD even after being escorted out)."My 2 cents:-He was passively resisting-He was leaving the library when the cops accosted him-Yes, he was using obscenities-None of the above warrant tasering a handcuffed, non-violent human being 5 times."A third of the student body here is APA, and many UCPD officers are people of color themselves, I think it's highly unlikely that racism would be the motivating factor behind this incident." So people of color are never racist against other people of color? I can't tell you how many East Asians have told me that they're scared of us brown people.
This is a classic case of a set up to get publicity for the Mullah’s through thier agents, NIAC being one of them, watch other puppet organizations on Mulla’s payroll like IABA, NIPOC and IMAN to follow . I wouldnt be surprised if IAPAC , folks like Amirahmadi, Titra Parsi, Houghoghi and Babaie to jump on board. This is as free of advertising as it comes.The campus police was wrong but they were lured into this by a very carefully planned conspiracy. Watch the details get investigated over the next few weeks. How come there was only one student recording? How come the recording did not start from the begining of the incident? Did you hear the student swear at the police? tell them fuck your patriot act? How come his attorney is a 2 time disbarred attorney who was the only attorney trown out of the Federal Court?Things are never what they seem.
I agree that no matter what the resistance was, the extreme use of the taser seems totally uncalled for. These circulating rumors that this was some kind of set-up are incredibly disturbing to me. How could this case be a set-up? How could the student know that they were going to use such extreme force? Anonymous says "things are never what they seem" but what exactly are we to understand from this?
This is for MR/MISS ANONYMOUS who very diligently commented.For starters if you had researched correctly, you would have noticed that Mr TABATABAINEJAD, is Bahai by religion. So I don t know where you get the whole CIA, FBI, KGB, NIAC Mulluh payroll organizations facts. If you search youtube you will hear the swearing and a lot of other things. GET your head of the sand, as I think your a bit paranoid.PS: THROWN has an “H”.
he work very was goodhe did should first see the police id cart, and the police officer must show the police id cart.i say to those police officer you are bech and your amercian poeple are not eny shet you should to know this.fuck you mom bech police officer.
This was just simple student vs. police and vice versa. As a student he brings up legitamate issues that could be solved with simple i.d.card readers for active students and he wouldn't have had to deal with police i.d. ing him in his own library. Its bad policy and dangerous to repeatedly tase anyone and pointless if they are lying down and to sadistic to threaten to tase other students so there are legitamate questions to be asked. Admittedly the student was being highly provokative and you have to wonder why so over the top. But I really think its a mistake to claim its all a race issue as one cannot really tell the race or country of so many people in a place like Los Angeles anyways. If you do that then no-one will even consider the question of just who owns the library, the students or the police. That is a great question and obviously UCLA ignorantly put the two in each others way rather than utilize available technology. If we keep blaming all this stuff on race we will one day wake up in a faceless, raceless, police state that rules our every waking moment. Sticking with race arguments puts off even further the day that we start reviewing where we are really going. I think this plays right into the hands of those that dominate our society, which as we all know has become more and more an issue of money and position. I don't want to wake up one day in a "raceless" total police state any more than one based on race.
Fortunately, or unfortunately is more like it, because there was a spate of incidents across LA over the space of a few days, this got a lot of coverage in the local media. UCLA is promising a "full, independent" look at the officer's actions. One local media outlet got hold of the officer's record and found out he has a long history of complaints filed against him for unnecessary or excessive force. He's been suspended pending the University's investigation. It's still frightening, especially when one considers that this is one of the largest and most popular libraries for students from all over Southern California.