Nonviolent activist tasered at DOJ while protesting for Wall Street prosecutions

By David Edwards
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 16:25 EDT
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Carmen Pittman tasered at DOJ
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A woman who became an activist after JPMorgan Chase foreclosed on her home in 2011 was shocked with a Taser and arrested while protesting outside the Department of Justice on Tuesday.

In video obtained by Occupy Our Homes Atlanta, large men with assault rifles can be seen surrounding Carmen Pittman before one of the agents shocks her with a stun gun and she falls to the ground.

Pittman seems to writhe in agony on the ground for a few moments before a man in a yellow police shirt picks her up. As he restrains her, other officers place her in handcuffs.

“My every Christmas, my every Thanksgiving, my every birthday, my every dinner was in this house,” Pittman told The Huffington Post as she was fighting the foreclosure of her Atlanta home in 2011. “This was the base home. We could not stay away from this home. This home is my every memory.”

The Washington Post reported that 17 people were arrested out of the 100 or so demonstrators at the event organized by the Home Defenders League and Occupy Our Homes on Tuesday. The protesters were calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute Wall Street banks. Holder has said that such prosecutions would put the financial system at risk.

Occupy Our Homes has planed a Wall Street Accountability Week of Action in Washington, D.C. for May 18 through May 23.

Watch this video, uploaded to YouTube on May 21, 2013.

(h/t: The Huffington Post)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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