Philadelphia Police Beating

@bobmnu (8160)
United States
May 8, 2008 8:52am CST
I am amazed that the police are guilty of a beating when all you have is some video and no audio and no statements from the people on the scene. If it is found out later that the police were acting in an appropriate manner no one will believe them. I have dealt with out of control children and one of the techniques is to use your foot to stop some one from kicking you. If you see a tape of it and don't know what is happening it looks like you are kicking them because your foot moves to block a kick before they kick. What is not stressed enough is that the police had just witnessed people in the car shoot 3 people and police were in pursuit of the car. Also a police officer was shot and killer earlier in the week. If you can't see the hands you have to treat them like they were armed. The problem I see here is that the focus is on what the police did and you have the mothers condemning the police while ignoring the shooting their sons were involved in. When dealing with criminals today you don't know if they are on drugs or not. One police officer I knew told me that he witnessed a shooting where the victim charged the police with a knife and was shot four times and was still able to stab one of the officers. It was later determined that the man was high on drugs and unless you shot him with enough fire power to knock him down he is still a danger to you. Maybe the news media wants to challenge Chicago for the most killings in the shortest amount of time to get national attention. These people had shot three people and were trying to escape from the police. Lets concentrate on that and not muddy up the water with the alleged beating of the criminals. The other option is to let the gangs run wild and see how many innocent men, women, and children are killed in the gangs pursuit of money, drugs and power.
2 responses
@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
8 May 08
I saw it on the news last night and they said nothing about the suspects having shot anyone prior to being stopped. I was shocked at the video and saw no reason for them to be kicking the people and beating them with nightsticks. Then I read your posting. I'm still skeptical as to the policemen's innocence..c'mon, 3-4 guys beating up 1?! But I'll reserve judgement on this one, especially since I wasn't presented with the entire story. It would only have taken a couple of seconds to mention events leading up to the beatings! Our media used to be something to be proud of. Freedom of speech, objective journalism, reporting the news in an unbiased way--all gone, sacrificed for the almighty dollar and whichever political bent the news outlet has. It's disgusting. It's also disgusting how our news media ruins peoples' lives so casually. If these officers are justified and their lives were in danger, there will still be repercussions and they'll be feeling the fallout for years.
@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
8 May 08
I think the media should be fined for not presenting pertinent facts, or withholding facts in order to shape public opinion. Their job is reporting news, not shaping the nation's opinions. I realize this comes close to violating freedom of speech but with the influence that the media has now--they can encourage riots, jealousy, murder, unrest--I think they should be held accountable for deliberately distorting the news. I'm really sick and tired of it.
@jayperiod (870)
• United States
8 May 08
I get sick and tired of seeing high speed chases. The idiot running from police will endanger thousands of people. Then, when he is caught, everyone wants to second guess the police for their actions. I feel that someone who leads police on these chases deserves to have the ever-loving daylights beat out of them. A few highly publicized beatings for those actions and we'd see fewer of them. We saw only the final events of the whole episode. We have no idea of what went on leading up to that point. Yet, everyone is ready to jump all over the police without taking into consideration what they had been through. Those were thugs they were pounding on. If they didn't want to get beat up, they should have stayed out of trouble.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
8 May 08
My first reaction when I see the bubble gum lights go off is to pull over and stop. Then I hope he passes me buy. I do not think of running and am not worried about being beat up by the police. How many of these car chases and beatings are a result of an illeagal action by the person. In this case listening to the mother you would think that the boys were were just out for a Sunday drive and the police pulled them over and pounded on them for no reason. The police can not talk about an active invesgation so by the time the truth comes out no one cares any more.