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Knowing the Difference Between Allowed and Not Permitted

Published On March 14, 2014 | By Georgia Sand | Articles

Submitted by guest writer, Keith Killian

What happens when the law makers become the law breakers? What happens when the protectors become the attackers? Who is to be held responsible? Who is to be trusted? These are questions plaguing the minds of millions of Americans, who are scared, disappointed, and angry at the rising brutality of American police. Too many incidents of uncalled for police aggression and unjustifiable police brutality have cropped up in different parts of America. This cop violence phenomenon simply cannot be ignored anymore. Let us take a quick look at some incidents of police brutality and the common trends emerging from those.

Racial Brutality

A charge often placed against American police is their racial discrimination and inhuman treatment of minorities. The 1999 murder of the young, Black, West African Ahmed Amadou Diallo by the elite Street Crime Unit cannot be forgotten and only shows the deep rooted suspicion and hatred of some White American policemen against Black people. Ahmed did not have any criminal record and had 41 shots fired at him by the police in his own home in New York. What was the police’s justification? Ahmed apparently gestured with his hands in a way which made the police think that he was reaching for a gun.

In 2006, a 23 year old Black man, Sean Bell, was shot on his wedding day by NYPD officers. His crime? Officers say the victim and his friends who were celebrating Bell’s Bachelor party were going to use a gun when the police intervened. 50 bullets were shot at this young man. The city was outraged, and violent protests resulted. The above are not incidents in isolation. Racial prejudice is too obviously prevalent in American police and this dangerous trend must be curbed to prevent many more from being victimized.

Brutality against Women

17 March, 2013 saw the most terrifying set of events unfold for 27 year old Kim Nguyen. She and her male friends were stopped by an officer outside a restaurant in Los Angeles at around 2 am while waiting for a cab as they had been drinking. The police apparently thought they were intoxicated. However, while her male friends were left behind she was charged with public intoxication and put behind the car. While she was handcuffed, an officer began to sexually assault her by touching her chest and pulling her ears to face him. Then he started grabbing her left thigh and trying to open her legs. That is when she fell out of the vehicle to avoid being sexually assaulted by the cop. She was injured very badly, spent two weeks in the hospital, had bruises all over her body, lost all her teeth and had to have her jaw wired shut.

On October 30, in Detroit, a woman called 911 to seek help from police after being assaulted by her boyfriend. The cops come in, and one of them take her to the upstairs bedroom and sexually assault her. These are just the small fraction of cases that come in the spotlight. There are hundreds and thousands of other cases of police brutality against women convicts of which there is scant record or coverage. Innocent or guilty, women have become a soft target for police violence and assault and the boundaries between permitted and absolutely not allowed and humiliating are being blurred regularly by the police department. Steps to protect dignity of women during all types of police encounters is the need of the moment.

Suppressing Anyone Who Tries to Question the Establishment through Brutal Means

So you are underage while entering a casino. You are stopped by a police officer. You follow their instructions but have an argument with them or say something to them, even while complying with their instructions. What follows is five policemen beating you up brutally, kicking you, hitting, you, handcuffing you, then releasing a German Shepherd on you to attack you in the presence of the officers. You would be lucky to be alive – and so was 20 year old David Castellani, who suffered multiple, deadly, injuries in the attack. This is not fiction, but the facts of an incident that took place and was captured on camera on 15 June 2013 in Atlantic City. While the victim’s family filed a lawsuit against the inhuman officers, the police chief of Atlantic City stood by his officers’ actions.

Last year also saw uncalled for police brutality on 75 students of City University of New York who were demonstrating against former CIA chief, David Petraeus, who was being given a teaching position at the school.

Video footage of the incident has emerged that shows New York police being irrationally violent with the young students, slamming them against cars and pavements and punching them in the kidneys. What were the police trying to do? Can anything justify their barbaric behavior?

Dealing With “The Epidemic of Police Brutality”

Wrongful deaths, sexual assault, gun violence, physical threats and dreadful injuries, fire-rubber bullets at peaceful protesters; indeed we are facing the epidemic of police brutality. Demonstrators across the US took part in the October 22 protests to stop police brutality, repression, and criminalization of a generation. This day has been observed as the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality since 1996. Despite many public efforts to stop this catastrophe, no concrete results have been obtained, and little has been done by state agencies. To counter police violence and convict and punish offending cops will require consistent and binding state policies, proper training among law enforcement officers regarding what the uniform permits them and what it does not and how their power is not to be misused.
Keeping an official record of such police misdoings and regularly suspending or punishing such policemen who have been involved in such incidents of police violence is absolutely necessary. The State, the people and the law enforcement agencies all need to work hand in hand to deter this uncalled, excessive violence. Violence is not legitimate, not justified simply because it is being committed by a law enforcement individual.

Author Bio:
Keith Killian is one of the principal attorneys at Killian Davis Richter & Mayle, PC, based in New Mexico. The firm exclusively focuses on personal injury, wrongful death, workers compensation and many more. Keith takes enough time to understand and analyze each and every aspect of his clients’ case. And eventually, his team works together to achieve the best possible outcome. 

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Georgia (George) Sand received her B.A. from UCLA and her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. She enjoys beer, jogging, the beach and music in her spare time.
  • Common Sense

    The Clark county deal is great for lawyers, everyone is suing everyone. No one will go to jail and everyone will get a settlement.

  • Jake C

    The author says, “What happens when the law makers become the law breakers? What happens when the protectors become the attackers? Who is to be held responsible? Who is to be trusted? These are questions plaguing the minds of millions of Americans”. First off, law enforcement officers do not make the laws. That seems to be a recuring theme on copblock. Who exactly are the “millions of Americans”?

    Again, this is just another poorly written rant in which the author hopes he can continue to perpetuate stereo types regarding law enforcement officers to copblockers.

    Leave it to a supposed “lawyer” to try and bring racism into the picture. One thing this supposed “lawyer” is doing is not posting the results of the “stories” he is telling. He paints a picture of law enforcement officers and tells you what he thinks you want to hear to keep the “hate” going.

    In my career, I have delt with a lot of lawyers. They all have one thing in common, they tell great stories and leave out the parts that may incriminate their clients because they aren’t “exactly lying”, they just didn’t say it.

    This article is nothing but an advertisement for more clients. He is trying to appeal to the emotional side of the decision making process by posting these stories and leaving them without a resolution. Typical lawyer ploy. Remember, he gets paid whether you win or lose. If you lose, what do you get?

  • keepitreal

    You’re a liar, slaps. If you’d dealt with “a lot of lawyers”, you’d know that the freaking word was PLAINTIFF, slaps. But, that’s besides the point. So tell us, slaps, exactly where do you talk to these lawyers at? And why? Something to do with your job, perhaps? What do you do for a living, slaps?

  • COPS ARE PUNKS

    For someone that doesn’t like copblockers you sure have your BIG nose here EVERYDAY!

  • steve

    Jake C, You are the biggest promoter of this type of behavior.

  • RadicalDude

    Abolish the police to stop crime

  • Ghost

    When you lose, you will lose it all. Your grannie’s basement, your cum covered keyboard, your beastialty videos and your sweat stained rags you call clothes. You’ve already lost all credibility and respect here. Keene will not miss you at all. Fucking moron.

  • RaymondbyEllis

    Jake C.,
    1. The government uses lawyers. They, as advocates for the government side, do the same thing you deplore. I hope in your career you’ve watched how the advocates for both sides play with facts, and hide facts, to create truths. Note something, though, the government lawyers have much greater resources than the other side. And they do get paid. always.
    2. “Remember, he gets paid whether you win or lose. If you lose, what do you get?” What you deserve if the system functioned correctly? Lawyers defending a client against the government can’t promise an outcome, all they can do is try to minimize that outcome in your favor. The government wants five pounds of flesh, your lawyer may keep it to ounces. Remember, if you don’t like lawyers, when you need a lawyer, call a cop or a prosecutor. And, no lawyers don’t always get paid. A lot goes to collections.

    Finally, and tangential to the post, the guilty, or convicted, “always” say they’re innocent, so do the innocent, even if convicted. In fact, in our system of plea deals, the innocent often agree to be “guilty” of a lessor charge rather than take a chance on loosing even if they win. I hope you know what those last nine words mean.

  • RaymondbyEllis

    I’m bothered by race-baiting too.
    There is a problem in our system of law enforcement with racial views and crime, especially drugs (http://healthland.time.com/2011/11/07/study-whites-more-likely-to-abuse-drugs-than-blacks/).
    Blacks, and Hispanics, do view law enforcement as singling them out. Maybe we should listen.

  • RaymondbyEllis

    Which of course never raises the question of is there is a problem with Clark County LE.
    Edit: Policies, procedures, and practices are uniform across the US?

  • t

    Stop the stupid “edit” crap. It’s led already

  • RaymondbyEllis

    1st easiest rejoinder: Fuck off.
    2nd easiest rejoinder: I can do whatever I want with my comments on this blog using the tools given by this blog. Fuck off.
    3rd easiest rejoinder: What the fuck does “It’s led already” mean? And why can’t you edit so you can make sense?
    4th easiest rejoinder: See the 1st.

  • t

    It’s OLD already. Better.

    Getting touchy after several ass lickings huh?
    Sorry if you can’t take the truth dude.

    I don’t see why a guy who claims to be so educated and so brilliant can’t just be more like Yankee Fan. He and I have had lots of discussions….agreed and agreed to disagree without issue.

    Oh well.

  • RaymondbyEllis

    t.,
    Look at what you wrote. Why would I stop?

  • t

    Why not just really try to be intelligent?

    I doubt it from you. Sigh.

  • Jake C

    Prove that would work

  • 86Jokey

    Jokey,
    Prove it would not. Why are you always the one to demand proof. Get your own proof to refute it. Your rebuttals are tiresome and infantile. Distill it down to these two;
    I know you are but what am I &
    Why? It will save us time scrolling by.

  • RaymondbyEllis

    t.,
    Look at what you wrote. Why would I stop?

  • t

    See

  • RaymondbyEllis

    t.,
    Look at what you wrote. Why would I stop?

  • brigid

    I don’t understand why there is no concerted effort at the local level to fire and/or recall police chiefs and mayors who approve this criminality. Why are people funding them?
    In addition, if there is no duty to protect, why do police departments exist at all? The rise of Neighborhood Watch and the elimination of police may be extreme, but no one is getting rid of these people by local government means.

  • t

    See

  • RaymondbyEllis

    Thanks, t., I had this ready from The Hollow Men:

    Here we go round the prickly pear
    Prickly pear prickly pear
    Here we go round the prickly pear

    I take it you can’t look at what you wrote. Or can’t understand what you wrote.

    “I don’t see why a guy who claims to be so educated and so brilliant can’t just be more like Yankee Fan. He and I have had lots of discussions….agreed and agreed to disagree without issue.” Too funny over how you lack depth to even understand the implications of your own words.

  • FEEuser

    I’ll go you one better; privatize them.

  • FEEuser

    brigid, excellent questions and suggestions! I have been asking myself the same things for some time. City councils and mayors really need to get these police departments under control, but they usually don’t do much about them. The police are just employees of the cities. If the police are doing a poor job, they need to FIRE them or even close the departments down and hire private companies to do the job right.
    Why are the cities so often not taking adequate action? Look to motive and follow the money. Police are like armed tax collectors. They provide “revenue enhancement” for the cities they work for. It’s a very lucrative business. And remember, they work for the city government, NOT FOR YOU!
    There are some exceptions. In King City, California recently, six officers, including the current and former police chief, were arrested on corruption and embezzlement charges. In San Francisco, six officers were just arrested, don’t know the charges. But this is not nearly enough to stem the tide of corruption sweeping police departments across the country.
    I strongly believe that a lot of people are becoming police officers in order to get in on the bonanza of corruption, stolen goods, and illegal profits. It’s easy pickings, and not many get caught. If somebody is going to steal, he might as well steal big, and do it under the color of law.