Friday, October 03, 2008

Cop tries choking to get evidence that doesn't exist.

The people at posted this news report regarding a police officer who arrested man who was believed, by the officer to have marijuana. The cop couldn't find the marijuana so he then assumed the man was swallowing it. To prevent this the officer then began chocking the man, who was restrained in handcuffs and who didn't try to fight or resist in any way.

It is bad news when cops think they have the right to choke restrained individuals period. And any cop who so thinks should be removed from duty permanently. A local judge in Mount Juliet, TN, where the cop assaulted the man, was so dismayed by the unprovoked attack he threw the officer out of his court and told him he would dismiss any case he files. I don't blame the judge. This office is unreliable. I'll go further, this officer is a criminal.

The problems got worse for the officer. Office Crosby, the uniformed thug in question, was attempting to force the man to spit out marijuana. The man's refusal to do so meant more choking of him in order to force him to produce the evidence. The stupid officer never considered another alternative -- that the man had no marijuana and couldn't spit it out since it wasn't there. In fact, tests on the man proved that to be the case. NO marijuana was in his system at all. None that day, none in the past that they could find.

Remember a little incident in history called the Holy Inquisition. A witch sniffer would point out a witch and everything was done to force the witch to confess. There were no witches but the torture was meant to produce the evidence that there was. Here the witch sniffer was the cop who used torture, choking, to force the man to produce evidence that didn't exist. But since the evidence didn't actually exist nothing could be produced so he kept choking.

Our sane friends at went and looked at a police website and read the comments by "good" cops on the site. And they are supporting the officer. One calls this "vascular restraint". A second says the "level of force has to equal the level of the crime" and is for the "safety" of "both suspect and officer." I hope I never get protected by these thugs like that. He wishes the cop "luck" on the charges he faces. A third says the judge "is off his rocker". Over and over the "good" cops try to justify the choking.

We have a cop who jumped to a conclusion that was very wrong. To force a suspect to produce evidence that didn't exist he started choking the man. And the cops are rallying behind him like he is some martyr. This is precisely why I have argued against the "myth of the good cop". Thuggish, violent cops exist. So-called good cops make it possible for them to exist. They defend them, cover up for them, and certainly turn a blind eye when these thugs are engaging in assaults on civilians. Until the "good" cops start turning on the thugs their actions only prove that there is no such thing as a good cop.