Monday, October 8, 2007

What do you think? - Tia

Okay, I saw this video on CNN over the weekend. How the story goes, this little girl was resisting arrest for a curfew violation. After several requests by the officer for her to put her hands behind her back, she allegedly bit him at which point the officer proceeded to punch the child in the face and then pepper spray her.

(I can't find the original version. This one has been edited to make it a bit more sensational, as if it that was even needed.)

I have watched this video a couple of times and have a couple of observations.
1. My first question is where were her parents? I WISH I would have been running the streets at 1 am when I was 15. I probably would have been freaking out too. Not because I was going to jail, but because once my mother got there to bail me out I was going to be in for the worst whooping of my life.
2. EVERYBODY knows that you don't resist the police. When you do you're just giving them a reason to beat you. I mean, sometimes you don't even have to give them a reason. (Sean Bell or Amadou Diallo anyone?) But for the love of God, don't make your cop inflicted a** whooping "justifiable."
3. Even if she did try to bite him, I think the force was excessive. He outweighs her by a good 100lbs. And I know that they teach techniques on disarming a suspect without using that much force. He already had one of her arms handcuffed. And he was wearing protective gloves. So even if she did try to bite him on the hand, as he alleged, her teeth wouldn't have gotten through. So why did he need to punch her in the face AND THEN pepper spray her? And it looks to me like she was pretty subdued when he got around to pepper spraying her. She was probably in shock from the blow to the face.

I think the long and the short of it is, the man used too much force. However, the child should have just done what she was told. She probably would have gotten off with a warning or at worse a citation. It was only a curfew violation. I think it carries a $50 fine.

Maybe I'm being nonchalant. But one of the things that my dad always taught me was do what the cops say. If you get a DWB, deal with it after the fact. Do NOT give the cops any reason to fire 5 warning shots in your back. I'm not saying all cops are dirty and on power trips. But we know from experience that some of them are. And the scariest ones are the ones who would punch a 15 year old 100lbs girl in the face or shoot you for having a wallet.

Your thoughts?

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