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UCLA student files suit in Taser incident

IN BRIEF / Los Angeles County / LOS ANGELES

January 18, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The UCLA student who was stunned with a Taser gun by campus police when he refused to show his identification filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday alleging that his civil rights were violated and that police acted in a brutal fashion.

In the 16-page suit, Mostafa Tabatabainejad, 23, sued the university, campus police and half a dozen officers, claiming they used excessive force and violated the Americans With Disabilities Act in the Nov. 14 incident in Powell Library. The suit states that Tabatabainejad has bipolar disorder.

Tabatabainejad was repeatedly stunned with a Taser after he refused to show his student ID card to a security guard.

Authorities said he wouldn't leave the library, went limp and asked others to join his resistance.

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