In ten years I have seen two incidents that I would call police brutality...both by the same officer (who was a disgrace to the badge). Both were against defenseless prisoners, one who was in handcuffs and had been sprayed with OC. The latter incident was a male I had just arrested. During the arrest I kicked him in the head and stand by that decision given the extended circumstances. Given the story...the whole story... a kick in the head was appropriate. I was outnumbered and attacked from behind by two drug affected thugs with virtually no warning. The brutaity occurred back at the watch house where an officer who was not at the scene wanted to come down and shove my prisoner. He ended up getting charged with assault and I testified against him. His shove ( ahip and shoulder to the prisoner's chest) was assault. My kick to his the same offender's head, was not. It is all the circumstances that need to be taken into consideration.
Does police brutality happen as often as the media has lead me to believe?
No. My first court appearance as a rookie was against the senior officer mentioned above.
Would you as an officer attempt to cover up for a colleague who has assaulted someone unjustly?
Most the time I am annoyed that some idiot who has never walked in my shoes or had to do my job gets to call it brutality when in fact most times it is not. most people out there, I suspect you included, have never had to restrain a person who is drug affected and not willing to comply. Keeping in mind what might look bad is not necessarily as violent as it appears. And keeping in mind that while having to restrain someone I also have to do so while complying with laws and rules, where as ther person I am restraining does not.
How do you react when you see news stories about police brutality? Does it depend upon the specifics of the case?
Do you think beating a non-violant person is justifiable in ANY situation?
No. They should be treated as fairly as anyone else, however most of the time they are accused of police brutality by people who have seen ten seconds of a three minute video and have no idea what they are talking about.
Should officers get the benefit of the doubt in these cases simply because they are officers?
NO. The officer I testified against got ff. In my opinion he should have got the sack, and gone to jail. However the vctims in this matter were all so drunk and were long term criminals so they presented as poor victims in court. None of them remembered the incident at all and it was MY testimony that got him charged not the victims. The video of the incident went missing from the property room...and guess who the property officer was?? THe officer who was charged!!! It came down to my word against his and he was a senior officer and had much more experience in court (which can be intimidating especialy your first time and expecially when it is against a senior officer.)
Are those who are found to be guilty of abusing their power as officers usually done so correctly in your opinion?
Well sorry kiddo, but you have offended me. You come across as though you suspect this is common when in fact it is usually the opposite and officers are getting hurt on a daily basis protecting society from these animals.
I am not trying to offend any of you with this post. I honestly want to know. I know that most police officers do not abuse there power, I am not trying to say that with this post.
Things you should consider....
David BARR was a cop in South Australia. He and his partner, Jamie tried to arrest a drug affected male. The male was not big. I do not know how big David was, but Jamie was a monster of a man. Hi nickname was Lurch. The offender turned violent and both officers resorted to batons to try and get him to comply. He had been battoned several times and was on the ground when Jamie tried to hold him down while David applied cuffs. The male got a hand free and drove a small paring knife with a two inch blade into David's heart, killing him. Don't tell me or David BARR's family, or Jamie (who had to live with the incident) that being big and outnumbering the offender is a guarantee of winning a fight for your life.
If you really want to test this feel free to find someone you don't know and walk up to them and try and retrain them. You say you're abig guy, give it a go. Let us know how it goes. BTW, make sure that you only use what looks nice to a camera to get the job done, whereas they can stab you, shoot you, bite you, spit on you, kick you, get their mate's to come in from behind if you take too long. Letus know how you go if you live.
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