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23 Responses to “Professionalism in New York City”
I am curious as to why the officer’s experience level was mentioned so much in the story.
Is the “don’t stick your radio in people’s asses” a lesson not presented untill advanced training seminars given to cops after they’ve worked so long?
John Jenkins |
October 27th, 2008 at 10:17 am
Can someone explain the fascination that the NYPD has with other peoples’ asses? Just because of the nature of this sort of thing, I wonder how many go unreported because the victim is afraid of being seen as somehow less macho because the police sodomized him (or even accused of being gay, which in some subcultures would be seen as shameful).
this will go down like pretty much every other police involved assault. the officers will be taken off street duty until people start to forget. they will pay off the guy with our money, without having to admit any wrong doing. and then the officers will be back on the streets to sodomize again. that is what we get for hiring these unintelligent, meat head goons to protect harass us. sad times we live in.
Holy shit, that’s down the street from where I live. What the hell, NYPD? Where do you find these people, New York City?
I have a friend who is NYPD. Whenever I bring up the drug war, she refuses to discuss it aside from flatly stating “I hate crime. Drugs are crime.”
John Jenkins |
October 27th, 2008 at 12:01 pm
Omar, that’s probably the only position she can take as an active police officer. Any normative opinion on the inadvisability of the drug war could only get her in trouble with her superiors.
Eric Hanneken |
October 27th, 2008 at 12:04 pm
“His assertion that he was sodomized is not supported by independent civilian witnesses.”
If I’d just witnessed four police officers (plus one transit cop) sodomize someone in their power, I’m sure I’d be reluctant to publicly side against the government.
Nonetheless, I’d like to hear from some independent witnesses before I believe Mr. Mineo’s accusation. Yes, the article referred to anonymous sources who reported that “at least one witness” saw his pants down, but that’s hardly a first-hand report and for all we know the pants were pulled down inadvertently during a struggle.
One final comment: Even if Mineo is lying, he didn’t deserve to be assaulted and hauled off to jail. The War on Drugs has made us too insensitive to injustices like that.
If they had used tasers, we would have been able to revive the “don’t taze me, Bro!” campaign. However, no one wants to see T-shirts and bumperstickers that say “don’t sodomize me, Bro!” These pigs new what they were doing.
Has it not occurred to you that the guy is simply lying? Why is that so hard to believe? I’m with Rationalitate. It just doesn’t ring true. (I’ve written more about this at http://www.copinthehood.com)