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Above the law

I'm shocked and outraged over the video out of Seattle of a couple of police officers beating the crap out of a 15-year-old girl in a holding room at the police station.  Speechless.

I don't care how "lippy" a 15-year-old girl is, there is no reason at all for a police officer to attack that way.  

Is it just me that it seems like police brutality-- caught on tape-- is happening more frequently?  Republican National Convention?  Amadou Diallo?  Abner Louima? Sean Bell? Donta Dawson?  Roy Lynn Weeaks?   ?

My parents always taught me to respect police officers as authority figures but then the police forget that our government is a "government of laws, not of men" and act as if they are above the law, then something needs to be done.  Every government employee is held to the same laws as civilians, regular people living in America.  Citizen or not.  Unfortunately, the system often fails to hold police to appropriate standards.  Google "Mollen Commission" and you'll see reports from the 90s about rampant corruption in New York City's police department.  

Funny how a decade later all those dirty cops became heroes.  I'm not one to downplay 9/11--- I still cry at the hole in the skyline where those familiar buildings stood-- but I don't think that it's okay to cannonize people en masse undeservedly. 

I agree that the people who choose to go into police work get a raw deal.  I acknowledge that in many cases, they're just doing their job- doing it well- protecting the public from harm.  But it's that same sense of heroism and power that can lead police to treat people like they treated Malika Calhoun.  I just think that when it's as obvious as this case, the officer in question deserves to go to jail, the same way I would if I beat the hell out of a minor.



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Mar. 3rd, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
I saw that a couple of days ago. I've seen a long version showing more footage before and after. She didn't do anything to deserve the brutal attach she suffered. She may have mouthed off and she did flip her show toward him but there is no way it hurt him. He tried to claim an injury from the shoe. It's not from the shoe it's from his leg hitting the toilet when he SLAMMED her into the wall. And picking her up BY HER HAIR was completely unnecessary. What a prick.

ETA: He knew he was being taped and he didn't care because they usually get away with it. I'm glad the judge released the video.

I am disgusted. He must have a tiny little penis if he needs to beat the crap out of a little 15 year old girl to feel like a man.

Edited at 2009-03-03 12:34 am (UTC)
Mar. 17th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
I haven't heard anything about this since the day I posted. I really hope that this man loses his job. It's horrible to say in an economy like this, but that man should not have a gun and should not be in a position of authority over people.
Mar. 3rd, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
My hubby showed me this vid a few days ago and I just could not get over it.
Mar. 17th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
As a parent, it scares the hell out of me.
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