Heath, Thank you.
Op-eratorly, As far as the Rodney king tape being played in slow motion, why do you say that is done so it does not look as brutal? Could it be that it was slowed down to show that the asshole was not complying? If memory serves, the officers were kind of standing around him. Maybe they had to slow it down so you could see between officers where king was kicking or punching. If he had officers between him and the camera, at normal speed, you would have a very hard time seeing that? Im not saying that this was the case. The fact remains that you were not there, you were not in the court room when that video was shown nor did you hear the explaination of why the tape was slowed down. It sounds like you heard kings lawyer make that statement and it sounded good to you.
"It is true that video can be twisted" then if you accept this, why are you so quick to believe that the cops are in the wrong? You have onyl seens a fraction of what really happened?
As far as the corrupt cops you talk about, I have never said those things did not happen. You take the actions of a very, very small number of individuals, and assume that all are the same.
And when you make statements that imply that all cops are like this, yes you do include me in that group.
I have told you that I can count the amount of crooked cops I have encountered on one hand. While I have met literally tens of thousands of cops. Yet you imply that they all and I are corrupt because a few idiots take advantage of their position.
Most here are forming opinios of police corruption on the media. That and by word of mouth. They have almost no experience with the topic. They see a partial truth and take it as the gospel. Then when the cop is cleared of any wrong doing, the media never does the necessary follow up to say that. So people just hear one side of a story, and assume the cop was wrong because they never heard the fact the cop was cleared. This falls into what I was also saying earlier. People need to THINK.
Here is another example of the media showing the entire video when a cop is flat out in the wrong.
Several years ago there was a foot pursuit in Texas. If I remember correctly, it was a texas ranger that was chasing a shooting or homocide suspect in which a cop was the victim. The cop was chasing a guy through the woods and a news helicopter was above, the cop did not see it. Anyway, it showed the bad guy stop running, turn around and raise his hands, obviously surrendering. The cop ran up to him, stopped, raised his gun and shot him in the face, killing him. It was very obvious that the cop just executed the guy. They showed the whole several minute video on the news, unedited. Why, because it painted a very clear picture of a cop killing a guy.
Example 2, here in St.Louis earlier this year. The vehicle pursuit in which a guy bailed out of a stolen car after a prusuit in which he tried to run over a cop. After he bailed, he ran and was caught. After being caught, he took a good ass whoopin. The whole incident, on video from a news helicopter. Did this incident look bad, Oh yes. I know one of the officers involved. There were two cops on top of the guy. One was trying to cuff the guy whil another was punching him repeatedly in the face. Sounds firmiliar huh? BEsides the guy taking a good ass whopoin by the cops, what was the common denominator. In this case, and the youtube one, one cop was tring to cuff someone that didnt want to be cuffed after fleein gfrom a cop in a stolen car. The other cop punching him in the face. Is punching someone in the face politically correct, no, but it works. It is a very effective way of getting someone to stop fighting. And contrary to popular belief, once you start resisting arrest, we will not consider you to be no longer resisting until you are hand cuffed. Until you are cuffed, you are not controlled. Remember, it is not in a cops job description to have to fight people. There is nothing in any police special orders that tell a cop that they HAVE to fight. It si the bad guy that creates that scenario. Once the fight starts, my main goal is to go home in the same configuration that I left in. If I have to kick someones ass to do it. OK, If I have to kill someone to ensure that I can go home at the end of the day to my family, you can bet your ass that I will do it.
Lilly CI right ear Sept 8 2005
CI left ear Jan 17 2007