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Cop Tases Handcuffed Man

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There is a fine line between maintaining the peace and police brutality. That's what we're learning from another controversial case in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Thomas Smith was already in handcuffs and sitting down when Officer Nicole Murphy unleashed her taser on him. According to Murphy's police report, Smith was bumping his head against a desk, and thats when she decided to pulled out her weapon. She says she only used the taser to protect him from splitting his head wide open. But instead of a head injury, Smith suffered injuries to the arms, back and lasting nerve damage. To this day, his attorney says Smith is forced to deal with psychological issues. Here's the troubling part: According to their initial reports, police arrested Smith for disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, resisting arrest, and aggravated harassment. Smith says he was just taking a nap on some church steps, when some officers woke him up and startled him. Now, the police have dropped the

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