Today’s post touches on a few of the recurring topics of my blog.
We have a Melbourne, FL police officer who savagely beat a senior citizen. Not only was he old, unarmed and did nothing to provoke the officer, the victim had serious heart issues (he had undergone a triple bypass) and was suffering from Alzheimers. He ended up in the hospital for a month.
The officer attempted to turn off his squad dash camera before inflicting the beat-down.
Obviously, the beating was intentional and with malice aforethought.
The officer wrote in his report that the senior citizen had come at him quickly, and that he thought he had a knife. None of this is supported by the video.
As it turns out, the video was salvaged from the hard drive (but not the audio, which, according to witnesses, would have included the victim’s nephew yelling about his heart condition).
I have pointed out a few times on this blog that officers do not like dash cam videos. Former Chicago Superintendent Jody Weis told Chicago Public Radio that he had a problem with several Chicago officers turning off their cameras. We have also recently seen several Chicago Police Officers arrange to have a “blue light camera” turned away during a police action allegedly involving excessive force.
I have also discussed several times about how in Illinois it is a class one felony (punishable from four to fifteen years in prison) to video record police. The police union has fought hard to keep this law in place. Apparently, they want to make it easier for officers to mistreat citizens and otherwise disobey orders without consequences.
Hopefully, House Bill 3944, which would allow citizens to record police while they are acting in public on official duty, will soon be enacted into law.
I was tipped off to this story by Jonathan Turley’s blog.