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Columbus, OH — When Martini Smith got enough courage to fight back against her abusive boyfriend, she never thought it would end up with her being locked in a cage and tortured by police with a taser. However, that is exactly what happened and the horrifying moment that subsequently led to her losing her unborn baby was captured on video.

Smith was half-naked, standing in a concrete cell in Franklin County Jail when corporal Matthew Stice shot her in her chest with his taser. Her crime? She couldn’t remove her tongue ring fast enough.

“Take the tongue ring out,” Deputy Shawnda Arnold said. However, Smith was struggling as her hands had been cuffed behind her for six hours and her numb fingers couldn’t grip the stud to unscrew it. She pleaded with police to get her a paper towel so she could get traction on the ring, but they refused.

“I will tase you!” barked Stice.

“I just want to go to sleep,” Smith cried.

Instead of getting the helpless pregnant woman a paper towel to help her remove the tongue ring, Stice barked his warning again and then shot the taser directly into Smith’s bare chest.

The surge of debilitating electricity caused the mother to be to collapse into the concrete wall and then to the floor. Smith cried out in agony, gasping as she tried to maintain a bit of her humanity while being tortured—half-naked—by a male cop.

“Why did you Tase me?” she moaned. “I wasn’t harming nobody. I can’t just take it out.”

Just five days later, Smith would have a miscarriage.

“It stays with me like it was yesterday,” Smith told Reuters of the Taser’s pain and the memory of her loss of the child.

Once police got all the facts of the case, the charges against Smith for fighting back against her abusive boyfriend were dropped. She was entirely innocent.

Those who pay attention and fight for police accountability know that Smith’s case is hardly an isolated incident.

“Don’t break the law and you have nothing to worry about,” the police apologists say. However, Smith had broken no law and was merely acting in self-defense against a man who beat her. Instead of getting the help she needed from police, Smith was kidnapped, locked in a cage, and tortured by them to the point of losing her baby.

In a scathing report, Reuters draws attention to this problem of cops torturing people with tasers.

Reuters identified 104 deaths involving Tasers behind bars, nearly all since 2000 – 10 percent of a larger universe of more than 1,000 fatal law enforcement encounters in which the weapons were used. Some of the in-custody deaths were deemed “multi-factorial,” with no distinct cause, and some were attributed to pre-existing health problems. But the Taser was listed as a cause or contributing factor in more than a quarter of the 84 inmate deaths in which the news agency obtained autopsy findings.

 

Of the 104 inmates who died, just two were armed. A third were in handcuffs or other restraints when stunned. In more than two-thirds of the 70 cases in which Reuters was able to gather full details, the inmate already was immobilized when shocked – pinned to the ground or held by officers.

Tasers have “high potential for abuse” behind bars, U.S. Justice Department consultant Steve Martin, a former general counsel for the Texas Department of Corrections who has inspected more than 500 U.S. prisons and jails told Reuters. “When you inflict pain, serious pain, for the singular purpose of inflicting pain, not to accomplish a tactical objective, what is that? It meets the definition of the legal standard of excessive force, but it’s also torturous.”

Highlighting the torturous nature of deploying a taser to inflict pain and punishment, in Smith’s case, it did nothing to remedy the problem with her tongue piercing. It only served to torture an innocent woman—and its results were deadly.

Sadly, this problem only seems to be getting worse. As TFTP reported earlier this year, an 18-year-old kid was tied down to a chair and tortured for being suspected of selling drugs. The video of the incident highlighted this disturbing practice.

In the extremely disturbing video, Cheatham County Sheriff’s Deputies are seen holding Jordan Norris down with a gag while another deputy sadistically and repeatedly deploys the taser. Naturally, Norris squirmed as the electricity ran through his body. His movement seemed to provoke the deputies who responded with more taser strikes.

At one part in the video, you can hear a deputy tell Norris, “I’ll keep doing that until I run out of batteries.”

Norris said he remembered deputies asking him, “Do you want me to do it again? We got a whole bunch of batteries we can drain into you pretty much. We will do it over and over until we have no more.”

When Norris was released from prison, he was covered in burn marks from the taser. Somehow he made it through the torture without his heart stopping.

Please share this story with others so that attention can be given to this horrifying torture taking place across the country at the hands of our ostensible protectors.

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.

20 COMMENTS

  1. I would get each and every one of these so called “Real Men” and shove the taser into their balls and pull it till they pissed or shit themselves, see if they like it. Get a taste of your own so called medicine, wankers.

  2. You know, I’ve seen a lot of these kinds of videos and I’m so sick of it. It’s amazing what many people will do to other people, how they will torture and embarrass and ridicule them, just because they’ve been awarded some measure of power over them. Sartre was right: “Hell is other people.”

  3. Please tell me these cops have been charged with assault and battery. And you pro-life people should be screaming to the high heavens for the cops to be charged with murder for causing the miscarriage. Please ACLU help this woman get a settlement. Oh, and I’m not averse to the people in this woman’s life giving these cops a taste of their own medicine…

    • Not a settlement, a conviction, preferably criminal but civil will do. Settlements always have the clauses “do not admit responsibility or liability,” or “to avoid the vexation of litigation.” Shove the responsibility up their legal behind – legally of course – and vex them well.

  4. Remember what I said?! Why is it okay for them to torture OUR kids and walk away with a paid vacation?!
    PIGSTICKER
    How are those “peaceful protests” working toward fixing this monster freedom fuck!

  5. They often have the same kind of evil, small-minded, attitude toward people who are supposed to be under “protective custody” (like the word “protective” has a somewhat different meaning in their eyes)…..
    & I seem to recall the Supreme Court making the scary quote that “innocence is no defense” quite a few years ago, the system really looks to be beyond broken….

    • This cop isn’t animal, he’s a monster, pure and simple. At least animals aren’t capable of sadism.

      I look forward to the day this cop burns in hell with the nazis

  6. God forbid one takes a knee during the NFL’s National Anthem in ℙ☉Ꮭϊ∈ SϯαϮΞ ∆M∃ЯᏐK∆ while there are crisscrossing chemtrails over the football stadium.

  7. I am pro life. When started posting my feelings towards police none my friends were anti-police. 99% my friends pro-life now half share my views. My parents still back police and that with them having guns pointed at them few times. My sister had her red car searched thousands of times she never been pro-police. No drug dealer going use nice red car they use beaters were dealing. But police never smart at least not the ones we see. Smart ones public never sees.

    • As a man, YOU have NO right to an opinion on abortion! YOUR opinion DOES NOT COUNT! Abortion is NONE of your business!

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