Sucker Punch

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Most of you have probably seen this video by now. It was taken in Philadelphia. I’ll just make the obvious point others have already made: Even assuming the woman had been the one who threw water/silly string on the cop, the reaction should at least get him fired. And probably prosecuted. That it doesn’t appear to have been her makes it worse, but is kinda’ beside the point.


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65 Responses to “Sucker Punch”

  1. #1 |  AL | 

    The comments on that YouTube video make me lose more faith in humanity than the video itself (and the video is bad too).

  2. #2 |  Whim | 

    The reaction by the other police officers was totally zombie-like. They merely circled around the Lieutenant, and showed absolutely no reaction. Psychopaths? Sociopaths?

  3. #3 |  perlhaqr | 

    I’m probably going to die violently some day. My instinctive reaction on seeing that cop punch that woman was to kick him in the face when he bent down over her. I have a feeling that will end poorly for me.

  4. #4 |  brian | 

    Sorry ShelbyC, after reading Balko for years I am willing to believe humanity capable of stunning levels of stupidity. You slipped by my radar.

  5. #5 |  llamas | 

    On a semi-related note, Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee suspended with pay for 30 days following disclosures of his second known affair with a married subordinate. Apparently, he behaved in some way towards his lady friend that caused her to post an image of herself on Facebook with the muzzle of her service pistol in her mouth.

    http://www.freep.com/article/20121003/NEWS01/310030118/Detroit-Police-Chief-Ralph-Godbee-Jr-suspended-amid-sex-scandal

    Questions arising

    – just how dumb do you have to be to be caught carrying on with your subordinates in this way, when you’ve already been caught and censured for it once?
    – just how dumb do you have to be, as a subordinate, to be carrying on with your superior in this way, when he’s been caught and censured for the same thing before?

    On second thoughts – I guess I’m starting to to figure out how to get ahead in the Detroit PD. Pun entirely intentional.

    And, of course, we see the usual affectations – the chief who wears five stars on his collar, and who appears at pressers in full street patrol gear, including sidearm, spare mags, two pairs of cuffs and pepper spray. Just in case e melee breaks out among the TV cameramen, I guess.

    llater,

    llamas

  6. #6 |  Aresen | 

    llamas | October 3rd, 2012 at 9:48 am

    On a semi-related note, Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee suspended with pay for 30 days following disclosures of his second known affair with a married subordinate. Apparently, he behaved in some way towards his lady friend that caused her to post an image of herself on Facebook with the muzzle of her service pistol in her mouth.

    It’s probably nothing compared to the furor that would have arisen if she’s posted an image of herself with his penis in her mouth.

  7. #7 |  EBL | 

    I have seen this stuff before. Cell phone cameras are certainly changing things and hopefully people wake up. I am not reflectively anti cop, but I am for holding them to professional civil standards.

  8. #8 |  MikeZ | 

    #36,
    Honestly that gesture didn’t seem like a commonly performed motion to me, especially if you couple it with the following motions after that linked gif ends. Unless my eyes are mistaken I actually see 2 things flying to the left of the gas station sign. There is a small object arcing above the crowd, but in addition there is a long stream of something that goes from her hand and extends past the hat insignia of the officer ‘dancing’ towards her. Technically there is a 3rd particle all the way on the far right (above polo shirt guy’s head) and I’ve seen it claimed this appears to match the tragectory as well, see here for a better clip:

    http://i.imgur.com/7jxLc.gif

    Personally I’d guess she did have a can of silly string or something similar, she sprayed it once then lowered her arm to shake the can to be ready for another spray or something. Of course its likely the the officer was responding to the liquid thrown by the guy in the black shirt anyway. Either way a punch seems a more than a little extreme unless it was a can of mace or something but we certainly would have heard all about that from the Police by now.

  9. #9 |  nigmalg | 

    Checking PoliceOne….

    ABORT ABORT.

  10. #10 |  liberranter | 

    @#52: Concerning your questions about the paid vacation imposed upon Detroit’s Chief Swine:

    – just how dumb do you have to be to be caught carrying on with your subordinates in this way, when you’ve already been caught and censured for it once?

    I think it’s less a matter of stupidity than of arrogance. The attitude of most of the members of the ruling classes of Amerika’s cities (or what’s left of them), especially those under the governance of the racial minority groups that are the local majority is essentially summed up as “Who’s going to hold me accountable? The voters? Are you kidding me? I’ve been robbing them blind and flouting every law imaginable for decades and yet they still keep me in office. The law? Are you kidding me? I OWN the law.”

    Unless he’s violated a favorite federal law that the USDOJ has resources to waste in prosecuting, no one at that level will hold him accountable either.

    Given these facts, is it any wonder guys in Godbee’s position raise middle fingers and do as they please?

    – just how dumb do you have to be, as a subordinate, to be carrying on with your superior in this way, when he’s been caught and censured for the same thing before?

    I’d have to say that this woman was either 1) terrified for her job and her safety, and therefore caved in to Godbee’s sexual advances (in which case he should be publicly castrated and left to bleed to death) or 2) she’s about as intelligent and morally stable as most of the rest of the rabble that inhabits Detroit and therefore represents the status quo. Either way, she probably figured that there would be no repercussions for her behavior either, so what did she have to lose?

  11. #11 |  Personanongrata | 

    Sucker Punch

    Very “professional”.

  12. #12 |  Stan | 

    Not sure it will stick, the the officer has been put on suspension with intent to dismiss him from the force.
    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20121004_Ramsey_firing_cop_who_punched_woman_at_parade.html

  13. #13 |  MikeZ | 

    I’m betting it will stick assuming the Commissioner who is publicly firing him, comes through and gets the guy a job in the police dept. out in the country.

  14. #14 |  demize! | 

    “Anything a police department would attempt in this regard would have a “disparate” racial impact and would likely be overturned by the courts. Really, any attempt at quality control is likely to be ruled illegal.”
    Because we all know white cops are the paragon of professionalism. If you’re viewing this in terms of white and black instead of blue you’re playing for the opposing team in my opinion.

  15. #15 |  jim | 

    #40 | ShelbyC

    [i]“Got to love the losers who scream illegal alien right off the bat.”

    Well, in there defense it is a Puerto Rican Day parade, so it’s a safe bet that many folks there are illegal immigrants from Puerto Rico.[i/]

    Shelby, Puerto Rico is a territory of the US and Puerto Ricans became U.S. citizens in 1917. So, fail for you.