Thursday, April 15, 2010
JOHN McKENNA: "Police Brutality PT.1" ... The Lawsuit .... and my own Experience and Thought's ....
This posting has to do with the University of Maryland student who was recently the victim of "police brutality" (newsread), or at least a serious case of "excessive force" ... 21 year old Mr. John McKenna. This kind of thing is fairly common all across the nation as well ... it's just most of the time, you dont get video and/ or audio of it ... in this case .... there is actually both. This also goes to show that anyone can be a victim of this ... this victim is a white male college student .... young men of color have been target's for year's, until advocate's of organization's like the NAACP .... started to fight back and crack down on this, but it's still widespread and growing ... many young party- goer's even across the nation of all colors are victim's of this, many get busted on one charge or another, then if they beat him/ her too bad ... they usually work out a closed deal with the victim behind closed door's, and you never hear nothing of it ... in other word's ... the most common is ... the authorities will agree to drop your so called "criminal charges" if you let it go, get my drift? Of course they pulled the same thing/ line on Mr.McKenna ... but ONLY dropped his charge because too much heat was coming down on the department. They even settled an out of court case recently ... same department ... on a Mr.Rodriquez here.
I have looked at the video several time's on this ... and something dont add up, being that at the start of this .... Prince George, MD County Police have been just fabricating one story after another. At first they came out with this "appalled" response ... all officer's were in a "state of shock". You're shocked? BS ... this kind of shit has been a constant complaint even in their department ... what ya'll are "shocked" about is ya'll got caught in such a clear video of it. Actually these kinds of force are even much more frequent in the prison and jail system's across the country to be frank. First they said that they will give more detail's as to who the officer's involved were, and the case when they are able to identify the officer's, and this was two or more day's after the incident. What do you mean "identify the officer's"? Every officer coast to coast are required to keep a log of what they do, especially on arrest's ... you have to have all that on record for the book's in less than 24 hour's ... if the suspect is charged and arraigned, which he was I assume (not sure of court arraignment/ bail hearing's there, Dallas Court's go 24/ 7/ 365) ... unless your telling us that you charged and arraigned the suspect on a report of anonymous police officer's, where no one signed the report's or paperwork ... you cant charge and arraign a suspect with fictional or anonymous officer's on the paperwork. That would even make your court in violation of federal law's. You need IAD (Internal Affairs Division) to investigate that? ... in the meantime you'll agree to suspend with pay the officer's ... the one's who you said you dont know who they are? (yes, their "first" response the next day, were they didnt know who the officer's were, then they later changed the story slowly) ... and forget and drop the charges against Mr.McKenna, if he just walk's away with that? Thankfully this young man has half a brain and didnt fall for such ridiculous nonsense. Because department's across America pull this shit all the time, usually with poor folk's, and get away with it, because the person in jail is just happy to get out, so sign's in agreement.
Whatever Mr.McKenna decides to do is his choice and business, and of course the attorney involved in his case which usually get about 33% to 40/45% of the settlement for their representation in the case. I would hope myself that Mr.McKenna hold's through on this ... and not just settle for some pocket change like Mr. Rodriquez did, cause their first move will be a closed door settlement offer, and telling them how it will save County Taxpayer's money ... do it for the community crap, or show how understanding, liberated, and forgiving you are, let bygone's be bygone's type crapolla, let "god" punish them in the next life or other sapling cliches ... heh, heh, heh, heh, heh ... I know all their lines. : )
The video I noticed is from some elevated area, surely not ground level, the officer's who attend the rally are specifically tactical unit trained for crowd control, and are not only taught about "race sensitivity" ... but also how to be ready to kick ass at the drop of a hat, and a few hope for that opportunity to arise, even though they're not likely to admit it. Just a first guess after watching several times ... is they were more focused after the assault on the victim took place of making sure they could obstruct the view, by lining and condensing officer's on foot and horseback, so that any cell phone cameras on the ground level in front of them couldnt clearly capture it, because strikes still occured after their line up and move. Not all officer's may agree with this ... but they are a team, and that is how it worx. I dont see any aggressive moves by the victim, if it was verbal ... that isnt good enough. Assaulted the horse? ... heh, heh, heh, heh, heh : ), that is so silly. Understand that if you so much twist your own arm/ wrist out of pain when being restrained/ arrested, by law across America ... that is "resistance" ... and many cases ..."assault on an officer". My guess here as far as assaulting the horse is ... he must have "breathed" too hard on the horse, and if that was the case ... animal rights activists should be all over Mr.McKenna (just kidding). If I was an attorney and had a fantasy case so clear, cut and dry to have to work ... this would be it! But this department has dished out one lie after another on this ... and ONLY now (after so much publicity) they are "talking" charges against officer's ... including the officer's they didnt know who they were ... the "anonymous" officer's let's say. There is more BS in these inquiries than given to a Senate Panel from banking CEO's.
I worked as a security officer in a nightclub district in my late 40's to about 50 year's old (2 year's, quit in late 2006) ... there was a good amount of action ... not one of them job's where you sit at some desk and greet people let's say. I am also one who has been in and out of jails myself and had run ins with the law, as a young man. So ... how did I get a position like that? I knew people first of all, and was specifically asked if I want to do it, because of my past, believe it or not. Actually there are many convicted ex- offender's who work private law and security agencies across the nation, you just dont hear much about it. Even many on law enforcement's payroll's specifically paid to gather info/ photo's/ blueprint's, for law enforcement who already have warrant's to serve in high crime areas ... that are a risk to law team's serving the warrant's because of the heavy fortification and fortresses that some of these fences and high traffic dope houses have ... including heavy arms, and other structure fortification's. Many Dallas Police officer's also worked the street's at night in the nightlife district's as "contract" worker's ... just moonlighting on the side ... it is abundant in this town especially (it's a big nightlife outdoor type town, especially summer), as well as many major cities. Most of the cop's were cool, but you have those who look to bust head's ... plain and simple, whether because of stress, family/ divorce problem's or a number of other reason's. I seen a few thing's I didnt like, and wasnt cut out for the job I decided, and getting too old for any physical confrontation's .... I had incident's where I felt compassion (see last paragraph) as well for even those violating laws.
But one short story that comes to mind here was years ago as a young man. I was young and I reckon "vibrant" let's say, and had an incident one night where two police officer's started "taunting" ... in a situation like Mr.McKenna in the above story ... actually I was about his age. Well ... we shot some word's back and forth, then one officer told me (exact word's) ... "C'mon mother fucker" ... I was about 15'ft away from him ... but I charged the officer fast and hard, and gave him a head bunt to between his chest and stomach, he lost balance, fell back and me on top of him, next thing, a baton hit's the back of my neck stunning me, from another officer, then the one I ran into squirm's out and he is hitting me with his stick. Anywayz ... I received head hits and a hit to the face that crushed/ broke my nose, and fractured the bone structure in my cheek under an eye. A series of hit's put me out, and next I woke up in an ambulance. Why did I do what I done? ... I dont have an excuse besides the verbal stuff, and besides it dont matter much, I was young.
I was told by a paramedic in the ambulance that someone called 911 who seen me laying in a puddle of blood under my head, there were NO OFFICER'S at the scene. I felt relieved in a sense since there was no charges or arrest on me, and I was on my way to an emergency room. Then in the hospital ... an officer of the police department came to me, to ask me what happened to me?, I told him ... I dont know?, lying of course. Then told him "I was mugged I think?" ... he said it didnt make sense because I had money in my pocket, and it appear's that I was attacked with a steel pipe, and it wasnt the usual mugging MO. I just then told him ... "I dont know what happened, it was too fast, and cant tell you anything else". Here's the deal ... I was in need of reconstructive surgery, and afraid if my insurance found out what I did to be in need of the surgery, they would challenge paying, I didnt know, and didnt want to take that chance, so ... I said I got mugged. Checked later ... and found out that the officer's who I got into it with ... never filed any report, or there was no record of the incident ... Why? ... I havent the faintest idea, cause technically I could have been charged with assault on an officer. They apparently fled the scene, left me there, and said nothing.
Enough said ....