In May of 2010, Tapia was stopped by Chicago police officers for a minor traffic offense at 43rd and Paulina and later released. Minutes later, the police computer showed that a J. Tapia, 12 years older, 30 pounds lighter, 6 inches smaller and living 40 miles away, had an outstanding warrant. Officers stopped Tapia again and, according to official records and hospital photographs and hospital photographs, used a stun gun 11 times to subdue him.
This was an incident of mistaken identity. When the officers got caught in that they attempted to trump resisting arrest charges to justify their force. Ends up their lies were caught by the hospital too.
“When he went to the emergency room, they ran a complete tox screen on him for all drugs and alcohol and it was completely negative,” said Dennis Giovannini, Tapia’s laywer. “This whole situation was the blatant cover-up that the officers came up with after they realized that they had Tasered and beat up the wrong person.”
What an outstanding group of individuals that use force when it is unnecessary to such a degree as to permanently disable a peaceable citizen. Remember though, officers are covered by qualified immunity and will not be held accountable for actions such as this. Then people wonder why incidents like this happen.
If there’s no punishment, what negative effect is there to keep this behavior in check?
State Sponsored Criminal Count #173: John Doe
Because there’s a suspected warrant means you can tase and beat the crap out of the guy. If it ends up a mistake, just trump up charges, the state will cover your ass.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.