posted on Jan, 7 2011 @ 03:07 AM
Let me start off by saying that I only read the first page of replies maybe half the first page, so I do not know if what I am going to say was
already addressed or not.
I noticed a few things in the video. As one poster said, as citizens the best thing we can do is capture video of these types of instances. That is
all we can do to protect ourselves. The problem with this however is that local laws are passing that are making it illegal to video tape officers
(public servants) while they are on the job. This video really highlighted that point to me. Did anyone else notice the person video taping this on
his cellphone was VERY VERY careful not to get caught doing so? You can see anytime the officer even looks like he is going to look in the direction
of the camera, the operator pulls it down.
Now before anyone comes to bash me about how this cop was just doing his job, save it. The "suspect" was not a threat of any kind. Even when being
beat, I saw no sign of aggression. He allowed himself to be pulled out of the car, he was flat on the ground while being beat. You saw no arms come
up, no kicks, just the repeated swing of a blackjack. I have been hit and busted wide open with a blackjack and from experience I can tell you that it
hurts. The lack of reaction I saw from the "suspect" tells me the guy was probably too drunk to do much more than cover up, if he even did that. As
another poster said, there may come a day when bystanders have had enough and come to the defense of "suspects" like this guy. That is a scary,
although very realistic possibility. The problem with this action however is that there is no shortage of idiots in the USA, as evidenced by the store
owner/clerk who is currently defending the officer. In that guy's mind, the "suspect" deserved it because he was drunk. When did being drunk become
a crime? Fact is, it has not, but there are plenty of idiots out there who will see it that way and keep defending officers like this.
It really is a sad state of affairs.