Thursday, 8 March 2007

Caught on Camera and keeping an open mind

Is an open mind possible?

One desperately needs to keep an open mind about the police brutality that had a 19-year old girl who suffers from epilepsy who once subdued by 4 policemen then still gets violently punched 5 times by a police officer.

The footage

The damage limitation exercise is now being skewed towards the officer owning up to his actions and the lady bringing this upon herself.

The subtlety of it all before we begin to read racist connotations into this episode is, why would 4 fully grown men with police training who having subdued a woman pinned to the ground still need to punch her in the arm five times?

Mercifully, the girl was so inebriated she did not know what was happening to her and hence she might recover better from this episode.

And to throw a spanner in the works is the fear of black people being very vicious the subconscious reason why unreasonable force is applied as if it is reasonable to be more brutal against seemingly black brutes?

Even I am shocked that I could ask that question.

The story.

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