UCLA student Tasered in library

A shouting student inside Powell Library at UCLA was shot with a stun gun at least twice last night, once after resisting police orders to "stop fighting us" when they tried to remove him from the building's computer lab and at least once while he refused loud demands to stand up. On a cellphone video posted to YouTube the argumentative kid appeared to be handcuffed by the time of the second jolt (and any subsequent shots.) On the video, officers yelled at him to stand for several minutes before and after using the Taser. Students who observed the takedown up close objected vehemently and loudly demanded the officers stop.

Laila Gordy, a fourth-year economics student who was present in the library during the incident, said police officers threatened to shoot her with a Taser when she asked an officer for his name and his badge number.

"It was the most disgusting and vile act I had ever seen in my life," says David Remesnitsky, a witness and recent graduate, in tomorrow's Daily Bruin.

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