In Georgia, 87-year old woman Tased by police as she pulled greens for a salad
August 20, 2018
Chronicle news & opinion
(CHATSWORTH, GEORGIA) – Her name is Martha Bishara. She’s an 87-year-old grandmother who emigrated to America from Syria.
Her grandson says she has trouble walking and speaks little English. She lives in Chatsworth with her husband who is in his 90’s.
On August 10th, she walked across the street from the house she lives in to do what she often does: pick dandelion greens that grow wild near her place to make a salad common in her homeland.
An employee at a Boys and Girls Club saw her on an overgrown section of the club’s property and called the police. Evidently very old women are a big problem in that area.
Three cops show up. Three. The police department report says, according to the New York Times, that Ms. Bishara ignored commands from the officers to drop the knife she was using (to cut the greens) and stop walking.
Her grandson says she didn't even know what the devil was going on. Besides her advanced age and limited English ability, back then in Syria women hardly received any education at all.
What happened next was this according to the Times: one officer drew his gun and pointed it at her.
Another fired a Taser, striking her in the chest and stomach. Most of those police Tasers hit with a force of 50,000 volts and a few milliamps. You can take down a 200 pound man with one shot sometimes. It’s a hell of a shock to the system. Some people have died from being Tased.
And then after they Tased her, this 87-year old woman was handcuffed behind her back and detained at a police station on “charges of trespassing and obstructing law enforcement officers.”
One other thing: this 87-year old grandma is all of 5-feet tall. And there were THREE...count them...THREE police officers.
More here .
Just another day at the office in down south policing?
Georgia, in case you’ve forgotten, is deep in the red heart of Ku Klux Klan country. According to the Anti-Defamation League it is one of 22 states with the most active Klan cells today.
The state with the most active Klan groups (five) is US Attorney Jeff Sessions’ home state of Alabama, according to the ADL.