Friday, July 8, 2011

Poor Seattle Cop Charged for Stomping on Handcuffed Man

Cops abuse their power all over this country everyday, so a cop thinking he has the right to stomp on a man handcuffed and lying face down on the floor is not too shocking or surprising by itself. But the comments said around the three minute mark annoyed me enough to post this video.

Check it out:


Are you as blown away by the idiocy as I was? First of all, this second video (that has yet to be seen) has absolutely no bearing on whether or not we think it's cool for cops to stomp on people whenever they feel like it. And the reason it has no bearing is because it took place after this incident. Therefore it's patently ridiculous to claim this was the cops motive. Secondly, even racist assholes don't suddenly cease to have rights. The fact that the police guild president thinks crimes against these men don't matter just because they may hold what most people would consider appalling beliefs, shows a major problem in the way many people think. You can be both a victim of a crime and a racist asshole. One does not invalidate the other. If these three men did attack this officer because he was black, then yeah that was a hate crime. But he's also guilty of assaulting someone. It's actually very simple.

Lastly, this whole argument relies no the idea that cops are no better then criminals. While there are many people who would agree with this statement, it's a bit amusing the hear the police guild try and excuse this cops behavior instead of recognizing he made a mistake after letting his anger get the best of him. A husband hits his wife and it's a tragedy, yet a cop hits a subdued and handcuffed man and it's perfectly acceptable? Okay.

3 comments:

  1. Regardless of what they handcuffed guy did, the officer had no need to kick him while he was subdued.

    I'm with you. It's very simple, the officer was caught on tape assaulting someone.

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  2. I sort of liken police abuse the the priest molestation scandal in the Catholic church, in that the cover-ups and shielding are making matters worse than they need to be, and they are occurring in an attempt to save face publicly. It's a shame.

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  3. That's a great analogy, Bret. And I agree. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that if the cop who assaulted the handcuffed man was white, and the handcuffed man was black, the police guild wouldn't be sticking up for him as much. I could be wrong...

    But yeah, I agree with everything you wrote here, Alana. To me, it doesn't matter what color either of them were, they both committed a crime and they both should be charged. Period. It IS that simple.

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