Friday, July 24, 2009

Alberto Lopez, Rogue Cop?

If the facts are as reported here, and unless we're really missing something in the video, here's a cop who should go to jail for a long, long time. But it looks like he's going to get a slap on the wrist.

A policeman who does something like this should be treated exactly as a private citizen who did it would be treated.


Blogger Joshua said...

This sort of thing is why I had no problem siding with Gates in the Harvard incident, even before getting the full details.

Cops who act out of line never get punished. Ever. And if you don't get punished for screwing up, you never learn proper behaviours. There's no point in cops learning how to maintain control of a situation without using physical violence, because there's no punishment for overreacting, even if the innocent victim ends up dead (i.e., every Taser death ever).

Most cops are probably decent guys who just want to serve their community and keep people safe. However, our police are not held accountable when they act like fascist thugs. Until they are, they will occasionally act like fascist thugs. How can we ever have justice under those conditions?

2:57 PM  
Blogger tehr0x0r said...

Philly cop oversteps? What a surprise. I live about 30 min north of the city and this sort of thing happens so often it almost isn't news up here any longer. I wish I could agree that most cops are good guys but my experiences have shown me otherwise. I have had (unfortunately) many interactions with cops and the vast majority of them have been jerks who seemed happy to have me in a position where they got to call me out for some violation or another. Topping that off I lost all faith in the system when a good friend of my brother who is one of the most ethical and hard working people I know was unable to get a job as an officer in three different locations. The reason? He was on an anti-depressant which was considered a "drug". Yet if you get addicted to coke while on the job or beat your wife the union will fight like hell for you to keep your job. Utter bullshit and just proves cops are not good guys.

9:11 PM  

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