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ACLU Wants Less-Lethal Weapon Ban in Texas Schools

February 18, 2014  | 

The state's education commissioner should ban the use of Tasers, pepper spray, and other "less-than-lethal" weapons in all public schools, according to a request delivered this week from the ACLU and six other civil rights groups.

The groups have mounted a campaign to ban Tasers and other weapons from schools, citing a November incident in which an Austin area student was shocked by a deputy responding to a fight in the hall, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Noe De Rivera, 17, who in surveillance tape appears to have been backing away from officers, was stunned and fell to the floor, hitting his head. The teenager was in a medically-induced coma for 52 days, and his family says he has suffered brain damage.

Tags: TASER, School Resource Officers, ACLU Activism, Less-Lethal Weapons


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Serpico @ 2/18/2014 4:46 PM

Mark my words, the ACLU won't try to get rid of Non-Lethal weapons in Barack Obama's Daughters private school. Most of the time, the ACLU works against the interests of US Citizens. If a Car chase happens in San Diego, full of Illegals and the LEOs use force, Lethal and Non-Lethal. The ACLU stands with Non Citizens! The same people who are for Undocumented Workers, don't like Undocumented Weapons US Citizens can possess. Like Mace, Stun Guns and Guns. It's funny they want to have a list of people who own guns. I feel sorry for Noe. But Prohibition never works! Isn't the whole point of innocent until proven guilty. To take a chance to let go a guilty party, for the sake that there might be one innocent person that may set free? An LEO could have screwed up, but for that it isn't worth lives that could be saved if CA schools keep NL weapons! Oh no! Here comes Mr. Evil with a gun! The ACLU is trying to create non-win scenarios for LEOs and US citizens. But I knew that already!

Serpico @ 2/18/2014 4:47 PM

*Minor correction ( Texas Schools ) my bad! Not CA!

Brotherstorm @ 2/19/2014 5:37 AM

Well of course they want less lethal weapons banned!! Because then we would be forced to us lethal weapons when a such a situation could have been avoided. That way we can be sued, called evil police officers, and statements about Police States can be made, etc. Never mind that if the wonderful and completely innocent children of this country, or just Texas because they are all saints here, have complete access to lethal weapons and will bring them to school because someone looked at the wrong and we had no means to defend the other kids, as long as their right to bring those weapons to school isn't violated, who cares about anyone else's rights!!!!! But maybe I am over thinking the matter, we usually do!

TX Lawman @ 2/19/2014 6:28 AM

If that occurrs then the only option is deadly force in every encounter. We got out of the schools and the school district formed their own police department. They do absolutely nothing. They call 911 when something happens. I have not seen the video of this incident so I cannot comment on it, but as a whole it would be a big mistake to tell officers confined in the prison I mean school walls to not be able to defend themselves. The kids here report to their first two classes, leave and commit crimes and then return to school for their last class. No discipline in schools and no parent supervision is the problem. The ACLU needs to focus on that not protecting criminals.

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