Friday, May 22, 2009
"This is a case of PURE REVENGE. Same old story, I'M A COP AND YOU DON'T RUN FROM ME."
I was forwarded this by Threeper whose father-in-law is a retired police officer of thirty plus years experience. The retired officer offers a unique perspective on the beating of the unconcious perp.
To: (Name Redacted)
You've asked me for my opinion, so I'll give it to you, but first let me say this. When you have something of this nature happen in today's world, it doesn't matter much what the reasoning was, but rather what people think the reasoning was. Unfortuantely, when things are put forward as they really are people automatically think the worst. They think "cover-up". This is due to past events such as the Rodney King situation and the O. J. Simpson situation.
I only have access to certain amount of information. I don't know all the "facts" surrounding this incident, so I'll comment on the facts I do know.
What the public doesn't know is that law enforcement, regardless of where it is, operate under certain rules. Those rules are a mixture of the law and departmental procedure. My concept is, "always follow the law and you can't go wrong."
1. How was the pursuit initiated? Was it the result of a simple traffic violation or was it something more serious? (I noticed that the few camera shots of the suspect driver seemed to indicate he was slumping over the steering wheel, as if he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs), but I also noticed he wasn't wearing a seat belt. So the slumping could be explained that because he wasn't wearing a seat belt, he was being tossed around as a result of his erratic driving.
2. Was the pursuit leaving Birmingham or going into Birmingham? If the pursuit was for a simple traffic violation and was leaving Birmingham, then was the pursuit worth the risk? I noticed that most of the pursuit was on the interstate. I noticed that there were several police vehicles stopped or moving ahead of the suspect vehicle. So, now the question becomes, why didn''t the police utilize several techniques to acually stop this guy?
3. I noticed in their explanation, they used the event, "he almost ran down a police officer." Well, stupid, you're a cop, and if you have any experience at all, common sense tells you, "don't stand in front of a suspect vehicle being pursued at high speed". As far as I'm concerned, and I've said this over my (thirty plus) years of law enforcement, he's an IDIOT. A BIGGER IDIOT as the suspect. MOST POLICE OFFICERS ARE KILLED BECAUSE OF THEIR OWN STUPIDITY. That's right you heard me. These police officers, I'm sure, have completed their police academy and I know that their police academy doesn't teach you stupidity. He didn't have any business outside of his vehicle.
4. When the suspect wrecks I see a police officer immediately run up to the suspect. And it appears that he strikes him. Then several other police officers join in. They run up to the suspect and stike him. Then walk away..... WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. RULE NUMBER ONE, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER run up to a suspect. The man has been ejected from the vehicle, lands on his stomach. He may be unconcious, he may not. Anybody ever think this man was armed????? I didn't notice any of them checking him to see if he was armed. No, in my opinion, based soley on what little I know and watching the video, this is a case of PURE REVENGE. Same old story, I'M A COP AND YOU DON'T RUN FROM ME.
So now we go back to a previous question, WHY DID THEY CHASE HIM SO FAR AND FOR WHAT REASON?
No, I didn't say pursuing him was wrong, but you have to weigh the risk.
5. Why didn't the officers and supervisors report this through their chain of command? Why was the video turned off? Leaves too many avenues to explain. Leaves too much room for doubt for the truth.
Pretty embarrassing for a prosecuting attorney to find out this through the defense attorney. Doesn't show much for a "thorough" investigation.
Yep, I see this one getting real sticky before it's over with. Trust me, this will never go to civil trail. Birmingham will concede and pay a judgement. If they're lucky, the Judge will seal the judgement. Why, so it won't open up other lawsuits.
But, I don't know all the FACTS. Not half-truths, not fabricated lies, but only the truth, FACTS. ALL THE FACTS.
No matter what, they're is a "fine blue line" that will never be broken. One police officer will not tell on another. Shame, it hurts all of us. (Emphasis in original.)
NOTE: The original post indicated that the writer was an officer retired from the Birmingham, Alabama PD. He is not. Different town and state. His comments are still spot on.