Monday, August 9, 2010

Cop Pulls Out Gun On Motorcyclist

You can skip to 3 mins in... I have questions about the true nature of the encounter after watching the video. In it you see a marked police car behind him, at one point before he is stopped he looks back. If he was being chased before the stop, it would put things in a different light.
That being said, it does not change the fact he shouldn't have been punished for recording the stop, and the police treatment of him following the stop itself is inexcusable.

This is just wrong in so many ways...

The officer was in an un-marked car, in plain clothes. He gets out and brandishes a weapon, while yelling at the victim. The man, who had no criminal record had his life torn apart for no reason, this smells like police terror and intimidation tactics to me.

If anyone should be going to jail it is the officer involved in this case.

This is nuts... Police should be recorded.

If anyone needs to be video taped, it is the police. I say people should do it more often, not less. I also think laws should encourage the taping of police encounters. They are often dangerous, and often the events of them are disputed. Video tape of police events will encourage good cops to be good cops and help remove the bad cops.

On a side note, I bet no officer is going to complain in a case where an abuse claim is made, but the video proves it to be false.

in reference to: Should Videotaping the Police Really Be a Crime? - TIME (view on Google Sidewiki)


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