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What are your freedoms?

Are you only free until you try to speak out?

Bicycling RNC protester crashed into by a bicyclist cop (who apparently said no-harm, no-foul--ref:2nd video), but arrested anyway (ref:1st video), then abused in jail (ref:2nd video). He's denied food for 12 hours, beat, and bagged (and when he pukes in the bag over his head they refuse to take it off?). They claim he required force to restrain.

Here's a much more detailed account:


I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Are you outraged? Depressed? Skeptical of the whole scenario? Or just sure that it's not your problem?

I'd also love to hear if you've heard this already. From your friends? From blogs you read? What about from the "mainstream" media?


Sep. 10th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
After being exposed to so many urban legends on the internet, some of which have actually hit the news, it's really hard to wrap my head around something this incredibly and frightening, no matter how credible it is. It is also rather removed.

On the other hand, part of my initial response is something along the lines of "I told you so." or "See?!? SEE?!?"

But the thing is, police brutality is sadly not that new to our country. It's just a matter of who the subject is and how much they've spoken out and who takes them seriously. Talk to black men, and you'll get all sorts of stories dating from way back when. That this was a political protester makes it particularly creepy, though, because that goes right to our First Amendment.

It's supposed to be the most damning warning sign that a government is headed the wrong way.

But to me, more than half of the story is what people are doing about it. How are they reacting? And I suppose that remains to unfold.

Finally, drawing a connection between a city police force and the national justice system might be premature. We can see that our national justice system looks just as bad if not worse, in the case of "suspected terrorists," but as an isolated case it remains to be judged and dealt with. People are likely to say, "that's just over there, my city ain't like that." And they might be right. There needs to be a stronger connection between this case and the national one, stronger than just a blogger saying it's connected. Perhaps stronger even than "it's happening in our country." And only time and passion will tell on that.

Me? I hope it goes right to the top and blows the whole thing wide open, as they say.

Edited at 2008-09-10 08:26 pm (UTC)

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