“Official defends stunning Hula Hoop lady”

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Here’s today’s state brutality (is there an echo here?) story:

A Norfolk, Va., police officer had no choice but to use a stun gun on a brain-injured woman twirling a Hula Hoop in a street median, a city official said.

Norfolk City Attorney Bernard Pishko said Officer Nicholas Parks did not use excessive force when he stunned the woman while responding to an excessive noise complaint as she claims in a lawsuit, the (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday.

The cops really have “no choice”?

8:10 am on January 8, 2009