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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. 11th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
i don't know how much of the story is true but i naturally want to assume it's true and not give the benefit of the doubt to the police. i have witnessed cops behaving like low-life thugs on many occasions, and the few times i have asked the police for help i was met with intimidation instead.

police tend to exude a classic gang mentality. if a cop is accused of a crime, no matter how heinous or how damning the evidence is, other cops will come to his defense. they will accuse you of "cop-bashing" for condemning the cop that shot an unarmed child when he was off-duty, or whatever fucked up thing a particular cop did. if you mess with one cop, you mess with ALL cops. and by and large they hold this alliance among themselves higher than anyone else's rights. if a cop does something illegal his cop buddies will cover it up for him rather than rat him out.

i am thoroughly convinced that the police are not there to help me, but rather to keep order and extort money from citizens on behalf of the state to fulfill their extortion quotas.

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