Friday, October 16, 2009
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.
"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."
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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