bad cops

Cop shoots mentally ill man. Cop lies and says it was in self defense. Unfortunately for the cop, the whole thing was caught on camera. The cop shot the guy multiple times from about 20 feet (3 meters) away (my estimate), all without apparent provocation. He lied about it on his police report and has been fired. He might be charged–as he should be.

Sometimes surveillance can be a very good thing.

Some of the comments below the article are actually worth reading as well.


The cop who pepper sprayed students–all of whom were sitting down–has been awarded $38,000 in worker’s compensation, apparently due to the anxiety and depression he suffered as a result of his own actions and the public reaction against him. Recall that the footage of the incident went viral, prompting outrage and even a few death threats.

I don’t condone the death threats he received, and I don’t necessarily disagree with the worker’s compensation either. What is striking is that, as to my knowledge, he was never charged with anything. How is this different than punching each of the students in the face, one by one?


Engineering student, who just happens to be dark-skinned, was arrested for making an expensive purchase at a clothing store.

A 19-year-old college student from Queens says he was handcuffed and locked in a jail cell after buying a $350 designer belt at Barneys on Madison Avenue because he is “a young black man.”

I can’t prove the cops racially profiled the young man, but I’m suspicious. And I’m baffled at what the probable cause for arrest was here. A second shopper was harassed as well, a nursing student who, coincidentally, happens to be of a similar racial background.

As I’ve argued before, we can’t condone a system that implicitly criminalizes entire races of people in this country, nor can we condone a system that terrorizes law-abiding people with threat of arbitrary arrest.

EDIT 10/25

It seems that movie stars are also arrested by the NYPD for the crime of shopping at expensive clothing stores–if they have dark skin, that is.

The third black New Yorker suing the NYPD for an allegedly unlawful stop and search while shopping at Macy’s is an actor who starred with Sean Connery in “Finding Forrester”… and he filed the lawsuit to demand answers for why he was handcuffed….

“Police officers ran up to him, arrested him, and then kept him in a jail cell in Macy’s,” his attorney, John Elefterakis told the Post.

After handing over his ID, Brown “was told that his identification was false and that he could not afford to make such an expensive purchase,” according to the Manhattan Supreme Court suit….

Brown, born in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn, was educated at elite private schools including Poly Prop and Amherst College. A role opposite Sean Connery in the 2009 film “Finding Forrester” jumpstarted his acting career.

The actor’s crime was buying a watch, being black, and shopping anywhere near the NYPD’s jurisdiction.

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