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1 Aunty Entity Dragon  Tue, Jan 14, 2014 2:47:55pm

It is almost impossible to convict an officer for murder or brutality in uniform. Look at Rodney King, or the young man shot in the back by a San Bernardino county deputy while he was complying with the officer’s orders. In both cases, the officers were fired but justice from local citizens did not happen. (three officers in the Rodney King affair were convicted under federal charges…a grand jury declined to indict the deputy in San Bernardino)

What we can see for sure is that the police can literally beat you to death…on film…and walk away from it.

This is not what our Founding Fathers intended as a supposed free country.

2 Achilles Tang  Tue, Jan 14, 2014 3:36:28pm

I couldn’t see what started the fight, but I could hear the police clearly saying “relax, relax” but obviously the man was resisting. Did the police know he was mentally ill, or did they assume he was another drug addict on the street? Did they find drugs in his backpack?

I see them fighting with a resisting man, not beating one already subdued and cooperating. From what I have read, it is also not clear that he died from physical injuries, but possibly as a result of serious drug abuse.

3 Sionainn  Tue, Jan 14, 2014 5:35:16pm

I remember this case very well and I’m horrified that the police officers who beat this man to death get to walk away free and clear.

4 spiderx  Tue, Jan 14, 2014 7:31:25pm

re: #2 Achilles Tang

I couldn’t see what started the fight, but I could hear the police clearly saying “relax, relax” but obviously the man was resisting. Did the police know he was mentally ill, or did they assume he was another drug addict on the street? Did they find drugs in his backpack?

I see them fighting with a resisting man, not beating one already subdued and cooperating. From what I have read, it is also not clear that he died from physical injuries, but possibly as a result of serious drug abuse.

That’s nonsense. That was the prosecutors story but Thomas tested negative for both drugs and alcohol. You only need to look at the photos to figure out how Thomas died.

5 Timothy Watson  Tue, Jan 14, 2014 8:01:36pm

When is Holder going to stop being a pussy, do his job, and indict these pieces of shit in federal court?

6 Aunty Entity Dragon  Wed, Jan 15, 2014 5:27:41am

re: #2 Achilles Tang

I couldn’t see what started the fight, but I could hear the police clearly saying “relax, relax” but obviously the man was resisting. Did the police know he was mentally ill, or did they assume he was another drug addict on the street? Did they find drugs in his backpack?

I see them fighting with a resisting man, not beating one already subdued and cooperating. From what I have read, it is also not clear that he died from physical injuries, but possibly as a result of serious drug abuse.

When they threatened him with severe harm, he tried to run away (see these fists? They are about to fuck you up…)

The prosecutor said in court that he had every right to flee or resist at that point, since you have no constitutional requirement to submit to injury or death by unlawful police conduct.

7 Aunty Entity Dragon  Wed, Jan 15, 2014 5:28:26am

re: #4 spiderx

That’s nonsense. That was the prosecutors story but Thomas tested negative for both drugs and alcohol. You only need to look at the photos to figure out how Thomas died.

Actually, that was defense counsel that said that.

8 wrenchwench  Wed, Jan 15, 2014 9:20:42am

The victim was beaten to within an inch of his life, then, according to the verdict, he died because his heart was weakened by past drug abuse. The verdict is bullshit, IMHO. Any excuse for it not to be the cops’ faults for losing self-control and continuing the beating long after the victim was subdued.

What I read at the time of the incident said the cops were familiar with the victim and knew he was mentally ill.


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