05 July 2013

What Third Amendment?

And I bet these same cops hang out after shift grousing about how "no one respects the law any more."

Can't imagine why...

 "As plaintiff Anthony Mitchell stood in shock, the officers aimed their weapons at Anthony Mitchell and shouted obscenities at him and ordered him to lie down on the floor.

     "Fearing for his life, plaintiff Anthony Mitchell dropped his phone and prostrated himself onto the floor of his living room, covering his face and hands.

     "Addressing plaintiff as 'asshole', officers, including Officer Snyder, shouted conflicting orders at Anthony Mitchell, commanding him to both shut off his phone, which was on the floor in front of his head, and simultaneously commanding him to 'crawl' toward the officers.

     "Confused and terrified, plaintiff Anthony Mitchell remained curled on the floor of his living room, with his hands over his face, and made no movement.

     "Although plaintiff Anthony Mitchell was lying motionless on the ground and posed no threat, officers, including Officer David Cawthorn, then fired multiple 'pepperball' rounds at plaintiff as he lay defenseless on the floor of his living room. Anthony Mitchell was struck at least three times by shots fired from close range, injuring him and causing him severe pain." (Parentheses in complaint.)

     Officers then arrested him for obstructing a police officer, searched the house and moved furniture without his permission and set up a place in his home for a lookout, Mitchell says in the complaint.

     He says they also hurt his pet dog for no reason whatsoever: "Plaintiff Anthony Mitchell's pet, a female dog named 'Sam,' was cowering in the corner when officers smashed through the front door. Although the terrified animal posed no threat to officers, they gratuitously shot it with one or more pepperball rounds. The panicked animal howled in fear and pain and fled from the residence. Sam was subsequently left trapped outside in a fenced alcove without access to water, food, or shelter from the sun for much of the day, while temperatures outside soared to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit."

RTWTIt gets worse.

Yeah, yeah, I know.  It's "just a few bad apples."  And I'm sure most of the SS and the KGB were real decent guys, too.  Funny how these "bad apples" keep finding each other and operating in groups, and there's not a single good cop on the scene to say, "No.  This isn't right."  Yeah.  Real funny, that.

I'm trying my level best to not judge people in groups...but shit like this is really straining my capacity for self-delusion.  If you really are a 'Good Cop,' you'd better stand up against this sort of thing in a vocal and public manner.  Else, we're going to see you as just another gang.  And when (not if) shit goes sideways in this country, you're going to find that you need us a lot more than we need you.

(HT the lovely and talented Erin Palette)

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