Video of Tased Bastrop High School Student Prompts Lawsuit, ACLU Response

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Rivera can be seen in the pink shirt lying on his back after allegedly being tased.
A security video has surfaced in the investigation into the tasing of Noe Nino de Rivera, a high school student at Cedar Creek High School in Bastrop, by a Bastrop County deputy in November. Rivera suffered a severe brain injury and was kept in a medically-induced coma after the incident. According to a release from the ACLU and a report from the Austin American-Statesman (requires subscription), the video shows that Rivera was backing away from the officer when tased.

Earlier reports stated that two deputies attempted to break up a fight between two girls in the hallway of the high school when Rivera allegedly intervened and acted aggressively after which he was tased. Rivera's family is now suing the school district because their son "is struggling with memory, speech, balance and emotional issues as a result of the Taser injury," according to the ACLU release.

Matt Simpson, a policy strategist for the ACLU, took it a step further. "The ACLU of Texas joins the call for a prompt statewide review of use of force on students in
our public schools, which is more common than most Texans realize," he said in a statement. "Specialized training for officers stationed in schools and basic accountability measures, such as systematic statewide reporting of use of force, are the best approaches to avoid these tragic situations in our schools."

The video (below) would appear to be a key piece of evidence for Rivera's family and attorneys, even if it is difficult to make out exactly what is happening. There are portions that have been enhanced for clarity, however.



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