NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton in 2014 (Via Twitter: @CommissBratton)
If you’ve been watching the closing darkness around the New York City Police Department, chances are you’ve caught this one ray of sunshine: Commissioner William Bratton is mad.
This much was clear when, at an executive workshop for precinct commanders and other top brass earlier this month, he screened a nasty video montage of police abuse and misuse of force—including the tackling of a pregnant woman and the kicking of a street vender.
Afterwards, Bratton (ever the politician) offered the rolling cameras a nice soundbite. These bad cops, he said, “They don’t understand that when they take that oath of office and put that shield on…they commit to constitutional policing, respectful policing, compassionate policing.”
Compassionate, respectful, and constitutional? The media lapped it up.
In Little Canada, Minnesota, city council candidate Andrew Henderson, who launched his campaign after being arrested for recording in public, was recently endorsed by the biggest labor union in the area – the local branch of the AFL-CIO.
With six candidates running for two open city council seats, Henderson expects to win.
“I wouldn’t undertake an election campaign expecting to lose! Go for the win!” exclaimed Henderson. “Minnesota voters are smart – and unpredictable. These are the voters who elected Hubert Humphrey and Paul Wellstone – and Jesse Ventura. I believe the voters of Little Canada are ready for a fresh voice, fresh vision for their city.”
Armed with nothing but a cell phone camera, a Southern California refused to comply with cops who had their guns pointed at him, ordering to lay down on the ground Sunday.
Miraculously, Alejandro Natividad lived to tell about it.
But he could easily have been killed as we’ve seen so many times with this “comply or die” mentality of police militarization where cops simply have to claim they were in fear for their lives to get away with murder.
A Philadelphia cop was caught on video threatening to beat a teenager walking home from school because he had made eye contact with the officer.
“Big man, do we have a problem?” the cop asks. “Because I notice that you keep trying to make eye contact with me. Is there a problem?”
The teens’ response is inaudible.
“Okay, well keep fuckikng walking,” the cop says. “The next time you look me in my fucking eye, I’m gonna beat the shit out you!”
Back in August, a group of friends in Caldwell Idaho were detained by local law enforcement after being asked to leave a local skate park for being there after hours. The park closes at 11 p.m. The police report says the officer arrived at 11:12.
The situation escalated when one of the detainees began recording the exchange. Although the phone is pointed towards the ground, the audio from the clip gives a pretty clear depiction of the scene.