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Friday, October 16, 2009

Chicago Blues

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 7:02 AM

I'll have that Sestak post up sometime today, I swear. But in the meantime, a super-secret contact from the Internet passed me along this story, from the Chicago Tribune:

Chicago police are investigating a video of officers who allegedly forced a college student to pose with them after his arrest during last month's G-20 summit in Pittsburgh.

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"The officers involved in this incident went on their personal time to serve as part of the G-20 Summit security detail," Supt. Jody Weis said in a statement. "The Chicago Police Department does not tolerate misconduct by any of its members regardless of where it might occur."

In case you missed it, you'll find the video here. And you'll find Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper trying to explain it away here

A "trophy arrest" video making the rounds on the Internet shows a person made to kneel on Forbes Avenue before a dozen or more officers for a group photo by their supervisor. That captures the work of a Chicago police contingent Friday night. Pittsburgh police Chief Nathan Harper stated that's not a "trophy photo" but the required documentation of the arrest.

Yeah, or maybe not.

We've already seen law-enforcement change its story about the LRAD, which quickly went from being a cutting-edge crowd-control technology to a just a glorified PA system. Then the DA dropped charges against P-G reporter Sadie Gurman ... suggesting that the police might have gotten a wee bit overzealous after all. Now this. 

Here's a prediction: You're going to see a steady trickle of these stories in the months to come. Once the civil suits get filed, it'll be like a form of legal water torture. 

But I'm guessing that's still better than being hit with OC spray or a bean-bag projectile. 

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