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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a Police brutality scandal...

This was going on over at 2nd Street last night around 2am. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey who saw the video, said, “On the surface it certainly does not look good, regarding the amount of force that was used. But a full investigation is underway.” Article.

I think it deserves to be pointed out that the three men in the car were/are suspected of shooting three other men. Given the recent killing of an officer on Saturday and the nature of the suspected crime of these three men, the brutality of this arrest seems understandable to me. The ACLU might not agree, but you have to admit that these officers are under a lot of pressure in a situation like this. This is not some random traffic stop. These guys are the prime suspects in a triple shooting. An officer was just shot and killed by three different guys on Saturday. You do the math.


Anonymous said...

I'm grateful for police brutality. It helps officers regain control of very violent streets in Philadelphia. Philadelphia has become a toilet dump filled with criminals. If you don't want to be "beat up" by a cop than don't commit crimes. Philadelphia Officers are in severe danger each day just doing their jobs. I thank them, they're in my prayers and I support any kind of beating when it comes to criminals. Thank you, Police Force of Philadelphia. Keep up the good work!

Jeremy said...

Police brutality is always criminal, but police force, even deadly force, is not always brutality.

On its face, this video is horrifying, but the Police commissioner is right to reserve judgment pending an investigation. In NY, we are sorting through out own recent police shooting tragedy. I posted thoughts about situation, and the community response to the verdict (where three officers were acquitted) here: