Originally posted by muzzleflash
reply to post by Krakatoa
If that naked guy is really innocent and got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time...that is proof they are violating liberty.
What did this man do to deserve being stripped naked at gunpoint on international press?
Everyone thinking he was the terrorist?
This nation is reliving the Salem Witch Trials my friends.
But on a mass scale!
edit on 21-4-2013 by muzzleflash because: (no reason given)
Hmm..you seem a bit overly argumentative here. All I can offer are the facts and my opinions of the police actions regarding the handling of that man.
FACTS at the time of the apprehension of that man:
A. It was an active investigation
B. The police were given a set of photos of the suspects in the Monday bombings
C: An MIT police officer had just been shot (in the head) and killed while still sitting in his car
D. A black Mercedes SUV was car-jacked by two men fitting the description of the two suspects in the Monday bombing
E. A heated car chase down Memorial Drive from Cambridge into the streets of Watertown occurred
F. A massive exchange of gun fire and explosives occurred in a residential neighborhood in Watertown
G. Bullets ripped through the walls of at least one house on that street
H. Explosives were thrown and exploded strongly enough for the walls of a house to shake loose the pictures from the inside walls (from about 50 feet
away, street to front wall)
I. An MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority) officer was shot, and bleeding out on the street
J. One suspect was critically wounded, and rushed to a local hospital, where after efforts to revive him failed, he was pronounced dead of multiple
gunshot wound, blunt force trauma in all extremities, and burns consistent with explosives.
K. The second suspect escaped the scene in the stolen vehicle and was heading back toward Cambridge.
L. The man detained has a very close and striking resemblance to one of the suspects in the Monday bombings
M. He was in the area where the escaped suspect was last seen heading.
N. He was detained, questioned, and suspected (in this heightened atmosphere never before encountered in the city).
O. The detaining officer, thinking he was the escaped suspect (he did not know at that time the suspect matching the description was pronounced dead
in the hospital, how could he?) asked him to strip down to demonstrate he was not wired with explosives for safety sake.
P. He was brought into the station for further questioning and eventually cleared.
Was it heavy handed and a clear infraction of his rights? On a normal day, with no extraneous circumstances, of course, yes. However, at that late
hour (I think is was 2a, at that point) they stopped a man out late at night, in the general area that had a striking resemblance to the pictures they
had of the suspects in the Monday bombings. Call me crazy, but since nobody knew at that point int time that the suspects were actually identified,
the officer was performing his duty to find people that looked like the pictures of the current suspects. That's the job of a police officer isn't
it, to find suspects and take them in for questioning? If he had done the same to a 40 year old woman, or a 8 year old kid, I would agree with you it
was an infraction of their rights. But, not in this case, IMO. Just a cop on his late night beat doing his job the best he can, without being killed
in the process (as an MIT officer had a short time prior that same night).