file photo by Jane Tyska, Bay Area News Group
LaShun Frieson, 16, said two School Resource Officers were trying, unsuccessfully, to wrestle him to the ground and cuff him, prompting one of them to tase him multiple times. The reason for his arrest? Stepping between the police and his friend, 100-pound Arwa Omar, when an officer went to handcuff her.
The reason for Omar’s near-arrest? As far as I can tell, from the police and students’ accounts, it was that she was standing in the street, potentially blocking traffic, and declaring she wouldn’t go back to school until the officers freed another student from the back of a patrol car (which they did, ultimately).
“It became a safety issue,” said BEST principal James Gray, who wasn’t there the morning of the incident.
The reason why that student was pulled into the back of the patrol car in the first place? I still don’t know.
Do you think resisting arrest, unarmed, is grounds for high-voltage shock? Do you think this would have happened in a neighborhood with fewer (and gentler) police/civilian encounters than in West Oakland? How do you think this situation should have been handled?