Student to file suit in Taser incident

Civil rights attorney for Tabatabainejad plans to sue UCPD on grounds of ‘brutal excessive force’

Mostafa Tabatabainejad has hired a lawyer to sue university police, and his attorney has offered the public its first look into the student's perspective of the incident in Powell Library in which he was hit with a Taser five times Tuesday.

Tabatabainejad's lawyer, civil rights attorney Stephen Yagman, announced plans Friday to file a federal civil rights lawsuit against UCPD for "brutal excessive force" and false arrest, and described the sequence of events as his client saw them.

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At around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Tabatabainejad, a fourth-year Middle Eastern and North African studies and philosophy student, was asked to leave the library for failing to present his BruinCard during a random check. The 23-year-old student was hit with a Taser five times when he did not leave quickly and cooperatively upon being asked to do so.

According to Yagman, Tabatabainejad was approached by Community Service Officers, but declined to present his BruinCard when asked because he believed he was the subject of racial profiling.

Tabatabainejad was born in the United States and is Baha'i by religion and Iranian by descent.

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Nov 14th, 2006, around 11:30 pm, Powell Library CLICC computer lab, UCLA: student shot with a Taser multiple times by UCPD officers, even after he was cuffed and motionless.

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