When will it be enough? When will police abuse of power be recognized as an issue by the candidates, and addressed in a serious and systemic way?
The best part is when he says, “You got that camera on? If I find myself on…” I can only assume he was going to say YouTube. And what if he had discovered he was being filmed? He probably would have erased the video or “lost” the phone, beaten the kids, and arrested them on trumped up charges. Of course, once they turned 18, their records would be expunged, and they would probably vote liberal/anti-cop the rest of their lives. This authoritarianism often backfires in the long run, and these videos are helping to speed up that process.
This is what a police state looks like. Will anyone speak up? (Via Pandagon):
Hat tip to The Dark Wraith, who said:
When you’re finished watching the video of the strip search, go ask your favorite candidate of “hope” and “change” and all those other lies just exactly what he or she is going to do to end this rising nightmare of an authoritarian state.No, seriously. Don’t find some reason why your choice for Heir to Empire is not responsible. He or she is. They all want to lead this country? Then let them explain precisely how they plan to lead it away from this mess.
Ask those Democrats and Republicans running for office when enough will be enough. Ask them when they plan to stop spewing their sweet little nothings. Ask them if they will vow to their very God or perhaps even to that piece of paper we call the Constitution of the United States of America to take upon themselves the enormous task of putting every monster of this spreading blackness of sovereign violence—from George W. Bush and Dick V. Cheney all the way down to the very last, badge-wearing jackboot on the beat—into prison to rot.
Its hard watching videos like these, to keep from putting your fist right through the monitor. At one point the officer-bully scolds his victim, telling the child he is disrespecting the officer’s badge and department. Any officer of the law, charged with serving and protecting the public, who behaves this way… That officer is disrespecting his badge, indicting his department and undermining the trust his profession needs to function. Officer Salvatore Rivieri should have been fired, and his department investigated to determine how such an officer so unfit to serve remained in duty, and how widespread abuse like this was, both in his own service and in his department.
So how about it. Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton. Mike Huckabee. John McCain. What is your stance on our Police State?