Two men from Seattle are suing the city for excessive force and wrongful arrest by police.
They were arrested, not charged with a crime, and allegedly physically injured by the officers making the arrest.
Then this conversation was caught on tape:
“Well, you’re going to jail for robbery that’s all,” the officer said.
“For robbery?” Franklin asked.
“Yeah, I’m gonna make stuff up,” the officer responded.
So, that really doesn’t look great.
Still, in the rare cases of a bad apple like this abusing their power, there’s a system of checks and balances in place to make sure they don’t get away with it, and that this kind of authority is only handed out to those who’ll use it wisely and compassionately, right?
Seattle Police Sergeant Sean Whitcomb told KOMO 4 News that the comment was inappropriate, but that the department’s [sic] had investigated the complaint and exonerated the officer.
(h/t Ed Brayton)
I’m going to quote myself from a post last year, on the subject of the police.
There are numerous law enforcement officials who do an almost superhuman job on a day-to-day basis, tolerating obnoxious and/or intoxicated troublemakers with saintly patience, and risking serious harm in trying to stop violent and dangerous people from making the world a worse place. I could not do the thankless work that they do, and I hugely admire the level-headed and responsible reactions that so many of them regularly exhibit, when faced with so much vitriol and disrespect. They all deserve to be respected, because every other human deserves to be respected. I fully support police officers being remunerated handsomely, in return for having to put up with a certain amount of bullshit, such as the constant “fuck the police” attitude that some people maintain.
FUCK THE POLICE.
Human beings always deserve civility and respect as a first resort, a priori. Authority does not. Extending it the same courtesy is dangerous, and this story is a perfect example as to why.