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Questions Surround Handling of Taser Assaults on Disabled Patients

Posted Aug 01 2012 1:27pm

This story is out of California. Specifically, the story “ Questions Surround Handling of Taser Assaults on Disabled Patients ” comes from the California Report , a public radio program.

Someone using a stun gun like a cattle prod assaulted a dozen patients at the Sonoma Developmental Center last fall, inflicting painful thermal burns on their buttocks, arms, legs and backs.

The center’s in-house police force, the Office of Protective Services, had a suspect from the start. An anonymous whistle-blower called a tip line in September 2011 and accused Archie Millora, a caregiver at the Sonoma center, of abusing several profoundly disabled men with high-voltage probes.

The parallels between this and the Judge Rotenberg Center are obviously going to be made. Except that this isn’t part of any sanctioned “therapy” and, unlike JRC, there is no constant video monitoring.

What does exist is an internal police force. Which “often fails to conduct basic police work”:

As part of an ongoing investigation, California Watch has detailed how the institutions’ internal police force, created by the state to protect the vulnerable residents at these state homes, often fails to conduct basic police work when patients are abused and harmed.

The full text of the story is online and the audio is here:

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