STOP DROP BEAT BY A COP
In the news today were two stories about police beating a perpetrator after a car chase. Both incidents were captured on tape ala Rodney King. The first one I saw was in New Hampshire. The beatee exited his truck on hands and knees and the beators apparently wanted him completely prone. They did not instruct him in a polite manner though truthfully it looks like they did pull their punches a bit. Most police seem to know how to hurt without leaving permanent damage.
The second incident took place in San Francisco. A car thief took off on foot and when he was apprehended he was administered some instant discipline. He seemed to be trying to submit after he was apprehended and the beating was a bit extreme.
I don’t think these cases will make the news for long, both perps were white. It’s nice to see that the police can be equal opportunity beaters.
What stood out to me, as brutal as these arrests seemed, is the videos are taken a little out of context. All you see is the arrest and the overzealous capture.
In the first case, you do not see the 100 mph chase through populated streets and the small collisions that occurred during the chase. Granted the police need to exhibit a little more discretion in their arrests, but damn…when someone puts your life and the life of others at risk just to avoid a traffic ticket it is bound to get the adrenalin pumping. Surging adrenalin, blue testosterone, and an asshole who does not know how to be arrested produce predictable results.
In the second case, a car thief was stopped and blocked from escaping in a parking lot. You do not see that instead of accepting his capture, he hit the gas, rammed through a police car, glancing off an officer and led the police on another 100 mph chase before leaving his car and beating feet.
At least these two cases show that police react to behavior not just race. OK, I do know that there are cases of unfair profiling that result in bad arrest behavior, but in general, running and resisting is probably going to be subject to an unpleasant experience regardless of race, creed or religion.
The police should show more restraint in these situations. That is easy for me to say as it is not my life that was just put at risk, but the police need to show more restraint. Still we have come a long way from the days of “Stop or I’ll shoot,” arrests (and yes, if you did not stop they would shoot) and rubber hose confessions.
I suspect that in the above cases the officers will be disciplined and may lose their job or go to jail. The perpetrators may end up with a large cash settlement. I hope they have to spend a long time in jail before they can spend any of it.
Regardless of the circumstances, police should not mistreat suspected criminals once they give up and submit, but I have to confess, in viewing these videos, given the events leading up to the stop, I was silently cheering for the officers.