MSA National Renews Demands for Independent Review of UCLA Taser Incident

December 1, 2006

We, the Muslim Students Association National, would like to call to action to the alleged abuse of UCLA student Mostafa Tabatabainejad by campus security officers on the evening of November 14, 2006. We echo the concern that students have been expressing across the U.S. and Canada over the last two weeks.

News reports indicate that Tabatabainejad was stunned multiple times by campus security officers with a Taser gun despite his compliance with their requests for him to leave the library. Officers in the library demanded Tabatabainejad produce his BruinCard during a random inspection. Tabatabainejad’ s lawyer said his client refused to produce his card because he felt he was being profiled based on his Middle Eastern appearance.

According to the Daily Bruin, one witness said the event “was the most disgusting and vile act I had ever seen in my life.” Multiple witnesses called the incident “unnecessary” and stated that the student was willing to leave.

MSA National would like to renew the call, like other civil and human rights organizations including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Amnesty International, in urging state and national authorities to investigate this event under an independent review stemming from concerns that police brutality as well as ethnic and religious profiling were the impetus for action. We applaud the University’s efforts in launching an independent investigation; however we encourage students to continue remain vigilant of this case and attentive to all possible civil rights violations on campuses.

We encourage everyone who stands for justice to sign the petition available at the website below. Together, we must make sure that we are not silent against abuse.

In peace,
MSA National, Political Action Task Force

P.O. Box 1096
Falls Church, VA 22041