I know we have some LEO here in the community and this isn't a slam against them or even against most police officers in general. But it just seems to me that with the invention of the camera-phone we are seeing more and more cases of Police Brutality, or at least we are getting a better glispse at the tactics of those that are supposed to "protect" us.
I used to think that some people (Mainly Minorities) were just whining about the fact that they get "harassed" by the police, but there was an incident last year in NYC that began to really start to question what goes on. That plus the BART shooting in SF, both of which were caught on camera.
The case in particular in NYPD has me steamed because the Cop in question not only committed an assault he then wrote a a totally BOGUS police report about how the cyclist tried to run him over (not realizing he had been caught on camera, and that the video was on the internet). If you watch the video its clear the cyclist tries to swirve in order to avoid the cop and gets bodychecked for his trouble. The cop is now up on charges for both the assault and the bogus report.
My question is this: What would have the cops done if this incident hadn't been taped? That cop was not alone, you see his partner about 2 feet behind him. And Secondly How long has this sort of thing been going on? I am afraid to say that if this sort of thing hadn't been taped the real victim would be sitting in jail.
The BART shooting as well, if he hadn't shot that suspect in front of a crowd, while being filmed, do you really think the cop would have been charged? Or would have it been written in some report as a justifiable shooting and buried?
Now the victim belonged to a group called "Critical Mass" which is a loud obnoxious group of cyclists that wants greater rights for Bikers in the city. They have had scuffles with the NYPD before and are highly annoying, but not criminal.
This film is the incident in NY. If this BS goes on in front of tourists on 42nd street and Times Square, what the heck goes on in Harlem or the South Bronx?