We have all seen the many examples of police brutality over the years. Now it seems we are seeing more and more cases of it, without any meaningful
accountability, or changes to prevent these abuses by authorities in the future. The police, once rightfully respected as the protectors of our
communities, have now become our abusers, and even the murderers of people they are sworn to serve.
I do not envy the officers who truly believe in what they are doing, and have a genuine desire to help people. For I believe they have now become the
minority, and have been swept up in the group mentality of a fascist force which is bringing down upon the people a thuggish police-state, where the
rights of the people are no longer honored or respected. In the past, I have made many excuses for the police, in my respect for them and the
difficult job they do each day. Always siding with the reasoning that the crimes by those in uniform were isolated cases, and that no force can be
immune from corruption now matter how very necessary it is to strive for that goal. But I am drawing the line now. What I have seen and experienced in
the last year has led me to believe that what is happening in this country is no longer excusable.
The main purpose of my writing today, is to provide an update to a case where I became the victim of a violent assault by two police officers. The
original thread can be found here…
I faced charges stemming from my alleged resistance to arrest and assault of the police officers, as well as a minor property crime. A finding of
guilt on those charges would have likely resulted in a sentence of considerable jail time. Today, I was in court for the last time, and judgment was
passed under the terms of a plea-bargain agreement. I feel somewhat vindicated. Though I had serious reservations about pleading guilty to anything at
all, I was not willing to risk losing my freedom with a long jail sentence, had a jury been swayed by the testimony of two police officers over that
of my civilian neighbors who witnessed the incident in disgust of the officers’ actions. Therefore, I chose to plead guilty to the non-criminal
violation of Disorderly Conduct, and to pay ten dollars in restitution for a broken window.
In reading the other thread, you will find that I was evasive about the issue of the broken window which had been the initial cause for the police to
be called to the neighborhood. Now that the case is over, I can reveal the specifics regarding the window. I did in fact break the window, but no
crime was committed, as I had not done so intentionally. I had knocked at my neighbor’s door to complain for the third time about their cats leaving
feces all over the lawn and driveway. This time, after two guests had stepped in it coming to my apartment. The neighbors did not answer.
It was dark out, and there is absolutely no light on the property. They had their porch light turned off. When I turned to leave, and stepped down off
of the porch, I tripped over a cement statue, and my hand went through the window. If the police had bothered to properly investigate, they would have
been able to quickly ascertain the facts of the matter. Instead, they chose to be belligerent, and ultimately, violent with someone who had no reason
whatsoever to not be fully cooperative. So much so, that I had actually stepped onto my front porch and called to them, to offer my willingness to
have the matter resolved in whatever reasonable
way they saw fit.
Here is a picture of the scene...
In the end, I elected to plead guilty to the violation for two reasons. I had been drinking alcohol that evening, and may not have stumbled so hard,
had I not been. Legally speaking, I probably could have sued over the lack of lighting on the property, and the obstacles in an area where people
might reasonably be expected to walk, but then there is the second point to consider as well. Though my neighbor was often up late, and would often
come knocking at my door for various reasons at such an hour, it was rather late at night to be knocking on someone’s door.
As I said, I am not completely comfortable with the outcome, but it is certainly better than gambling with my freedom.
The real point to all of this though, is that I DID NOT, do anything to warrant the violent abuse at the hands of these officers. And for that to be
known publicly, leaves me feeling some sense of justice served. Though the officers in question will not be penalized in this matter, I can only hope
that one day someone will be on more solid ground to bring a case against them when they violate the public trust once again. Apparently the judge
felt the need to render justice in my favor as well, electing to impose no fine and waiving all court fees.