Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Police Brutality Litmus Test
Based on some of the information I can gather about what had happened, this particular cop strikes me as a likely roid-rager who had no business being a resource officer in a school, where his particular brand of excessive force is used on naughty kids as opposed to, I dunno, hulking out all over miscreants on the streets.
He could have broken that child's neck. I just watched this video over and over and thought, she has to have a neck injury or a back problem or something like that now. I don't know why no one ever nudged this problematic officer aside before and recommended he get his excessive-force-using self under control once warning signs he was going to throw a young girl around like a sack of flour emerged before he actually did that thing. Many workplaces have an employee hotline to connect them to services for getting counseling to work their shit out so they don't have an episode that results in nearly killing a child. I can't imagine this isn't true for police officers, but just because I can't imagine it doesn't mean that's not so.
But I have seen on cable news and on Twitter people who have watched this very graphic tossing of a girl and come up with reasons why she had it coming to her. That's my litmus test. He dialed it from "come with me" to "tossing a girl on the floor" in under a minute. If you can't think of any other way (or several other ways) he could have handled that, there's nothing I want to hear from you. Because that was clearly excessive.
Update: This girl was a recent orphan, living in foster care. And no time was taken at all to wonder if her "disturbing the school" wasn't stemming from her personal difficulties? That's just heartbreaking. How is "humanity" becoming so inhumane?