The Pardu

The Pardu
Watchful eyes and ears feed the brain, thus nourishing the brain cells.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Video As A Tool Of Justice

The power of video. 

"I can't breathe eight times."  Six children left fatherless!  And, a maniac cop who fancied himself an MMA fighter.  No need for a smoking gun. There is video of the killer.
The camera in the early 1990s capture a most disturbing case of police brutality. Let there be no doubt other beatings took place during the period; most are not captured for the world to see and feel. Police brutality against certain segments of the population seems a existential reality not shared by all.

In the United States, you may have seen images of a rare act of police brutality: Rhode Island police officer kicked a handcuffed white woman in the face. 

A Rhode Island cop who was convicted of a felony after he was caught on video kicking a handcuffed woman to the head is still employed as a police officer. Lincoln police officer Edward Krawetz kicked the woman in the head in 2009 claiming self-defense because apparently he was in fear for his life.

 NOT Rare!!! 

And, more prevalent than we knew. The proliferation of hand-held devices with video capability exposes another ugly underbelly of police brutality. Wait, there is something strikingly consistent about the victims in the following video. 

Rodney King Beating Video.flv (The first  and most horrific of police beatings captured by a guy who just happened to have is video camera nearby)

Eric Garner Asthmatic Father Dies After NYPD Chokehold in Staten Island 

Two minute version

Five minute version

Police Brutality: California Highway Patrol Officer Beats Black Woman Senseless On Side Of Freeway

New Orleans Police Beat Up Old Man

I left all narrative and verbiage off the embed video. Verbiage and words add nothing to the reality of excessive abuse from police officers. There actions appear comparable to that we red of storm-troopers and hit squads throughout the history of humankind.

We also cannot escape the reality there is a common thread among the video victims. 

While we have no empathy for the eventually convicted OJ Simpson a noted (celebrity) cop left an archived audio tape that seems to depict an undercurrent in some police officers. The following Fox News's Greta Van Sustren Show video runs over nine minutes: a bit long. Our specific point of interest starts at the three minute mark and ends shortly there after with : "Have you ever tried to find a bruise on a nigger." 

An undercurrent that seems to manifest all too often. 

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