Monday, October 10, 2005

New Orleans Po-lice Officers

They were caught on tape beating up a 64-year old man, then claimed they've been having a rough time of it lately because of all the shit they've had to deal with. Sure. Go ahead and beat up on a 64-year old man and feel better about life, k? Oh, then make sure the veteran in your group shoves the camera person and producer who just so happens to be right there with you out of the way. Smart move.

Granted the officers in New Orleans had been working 24hour shifts, are now working 5day, 12hour shifts (now have a better place to sleep), but this does not excuse beating the shit out of a guy who most likely wasn't doing what they charged him with.

3 of the 4 officers were white with the 4th being light skinned. The guy they beat up was black. But it's not a race issue. It was both a race and an overtired/loss of control issue. So they chose to lose control on a black guy, most likely because they thought they'd get away with it.

Update: According to another article, the man wasn't drunk at all. Hmmm, interesting.

Another update: The victim also says he wasn't drunk and is baffled by what happened and why.