Lest it seem

That I only complain about the police.

There is this guy:



From Tumbler:

It’s proved impossible for me to get this shot of former Philadelphia Police Cpt. Ray Lewis being arrested, published anywhere. I was adamantly rebuffed by the Philadelphia Inquirer, NYT, local NY papers, and Newsweek, before even looking at the photograph. One of the only published photos of this paradoxical and intense event is located here at the NYC Observer:


5 responses to this post.

  1. Complete craziness everywhere!


  2. Posted by Emmy on November 22, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I still support most cops, the orders from the top have to come from someone with integrity, not the case with UC Davis.


    • It’s absolutely true that these excessive force guys are acting under the assumption that their actions are what was ordered from above, and are almost certainly right.
      If there is enough outcry, they will end up abandoned by their higher-ups to take the blame for what are then cast as acts of individual excess.
      (Like the soldiers in Iraq caught in torturing prisoners.)
      So the cop at UC Davis didn’t have that can of pepper spray at home, it was part of his work arsenal, as were the rifles a lot of his companions carried.
      Someone gave the order to bring such things to a peaceful assembly.
      One hopes that the investigation will turn up some names.

      But like the soldiers, the guys on the ground doing these are the guys willing to do so.
      It’s just a few.
      The pepper spray guy in New York – Officer Balogna? – had similar complaints from earlier protests, going back years.
      It’s just now, when the entire crowd carries video capable devices, that his actions become so clearly a matter of fact, not the word of the cops versus the word of the protestors.
      He’s a guy who has gotten away with it for decades, and I suspect he is the guy his bosses send in when they like the idea of a few heads being broken.

      Most of the cops on the videos, all of the many similar videos from all over the country, are not behaving so violently.
      Some of them look appalled.
      The guy in New York who punched the kid in the back of his head then kicked him when he was down was pulled off by fellow officers.
      But such fellow officers never come forward to accuse the “few bad ones,” and as long as there is a culture that allows those hard cases to stay on the job, there will be a lot of quite reasonable anti-police sentiment.
      At some point decent people have to say no to indecent behavior.
      Or else their silent complicity makes their decency only a relative and theoretical matter.


  3. The video of UC Davis’ Chancellor’s Walk of Shame still amazes me. I just sat and didn’t even breathe as she walked through those silent kids.
    The reporter asked her “Are you still afraid of the students?” She hesitated and then said “No.”


  4. This world is nuts.
    Going nutsier by the second.

    Cruelty is increasing precipitously, everywhere.


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