UCLA Taser Incident


Tabatabainejad in handcuffs, being removed from Powell Library by UCPD officers.

The UCLA Taser incident occurred on November 14, 2006 when Mostafa Tabatabainejad, an Iranian-American UCLA student was stunned several times with a Taser by campus police for refusing to be escorted out of the college Library Instructional Computing Commons in the Powell Building. This was after refusing to provide ID to a Community Service Officer showing that he was a student, a normal request for anyone at the library after that late at night. Part of the incident was recorded on video by a camera phone.

Tabatabainejad has said through his lawyers that he refused to identify himself because he believed himself a victim of racial profiling, and that the Tasering was an instance of police brutality.

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