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Thursday, February 17, 2005

New Austin 'Spokes' Speak Out Against Tasers


"Even though there have been 80 deaths in North America the last four years [attributed to Tasers, according to AI], Austin sees fit to buy [a Taser] for every single cop in the city," said Debbie Russell, who, along with fellow members of the Austin Spokescouncil, organized Friday's demonstration. Tasers "are supposed to be nonlethal weapons? No." Russell has been in the forefront of the Spokescouncil's latest campaign, calling attention to the issue with two appearances before the City Council. "One of the themes of all of our actions has been [opposing] torture for profit," she notes. "It's all about our public money going towards these private entities so that they can profit off of abusing human rights."


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