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That's how you combat the problem, folks. You can take as many cell phone videos as you want, or file as many complains as you want, or post angry messageboards to online forums as you want, but the problem will never go away as long as people are complacent.
Witnessing an excessive use of force by police? Intervene, and compel other people around you to do the same, because one day you may be the person getting pummeled and would want others to help you. By standing by and allowing it to happen you are essentially saying that it's okay, and I believe that the more people actively show their displeasure at such events the less it will happen.
Perhaps I got too ahead of myself upon viewing the video again. The video does only capture then end of the confrontation and not the events leading up to it, so perhaps there was an issue of resisting arrest. All this commotion over someone riding a bicycle, though? Was it really necessary to arrest someone?
I still stand behind the spirit of my original post, however.edit on 19-11-2013 by ArchAngel_X because: (no reason given)
The important thing to note here, is that it's not illegal to ride a bicycle less than 15mph on sidewalks zoned residential anywhere in the country.
reply to post by loveguy
Well, I was glad to see a white guy came to DJ's aid.
I'd expect a race riot otherwise.
Do a lot of race baiting? We've got cops beating up people for riding bicycles on the sidewalk and that's your first remark? Come on! Police brutality is everyone's concern.
reply to post by Taggart
Like I said, I don't condone the actions of the SFPD. Their reaction was over the top, especially given the circumstances, and the officers involved should be punished for any wrongdoing.
However, my comment was clearly directed SkepticOverlord's statement. Making demonstrably false claims does nobody any good.
reply to post by StallionDuck
Police forces are more and more adopting military combat tactics when dealing with the public....the 50,000 SWAT raids every year in the US bear this out. These "combat troops" are sent out in armoured vehicles, armed to the teeth to serve warrants on petty crimes like marijuana possesion....often ending with some unlucky person being shot to death because the police got the wrong address....
The thing that struck me about this story is that people actually refused to sit by and watch as this kid was being beaten....perhaps to death. FOR RIDING A BIKE ON A SIDEWALK!! They risked themselves for another. It showed courage, character, and common human decency. Something the police seem to no longer have.
edit on 19-11-2013 by deadcalm because: (no reason given)
Blatant disregard of law.
deadcalmNow to the subject at hand....
While I certainly don't condone the apparent actions of the SF police, your statement is not true.