Friday, August 01, 2008

Cops Behaving Badly - Video Edition

I love the fact that the "boys in blue" seem completely ignorant of video technology.

No interaction prior to knocking him down.
Long, [the cyclist] of Bloomfield, N.J., was arrested and charged with attempted assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He declined to comment yesterday. His lawyer David Rankin said "the video speaks for itself" and said he may sue.

In court documents, Pogan said he saw Long weaving in and out of lanes and obstructing traffic before he ordered the cyclist to stop. The cop claimed Long deliberately drove his bike into him, sending both of them falling to the ground. Pogan claimed to have suffered cuts from the impact.
Based on the video, that statement is patently ridiculous. Or a bald-faced lie, depends on how you want to look at it.

What would the outcome of this incident have been if there was no video record? Would you have believed the cop or his victim?

Update: The union says the use of force was justified - they don't say by what - and the union also thinks this video is just a reflection of standard procedure. Of course they are probably right it is SOP. If the average citizen knew what passed for "just another day" in the Justice System (so called) they would be shocked.

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