Saw this video on Fox yesterday and have a hard time deciding how I feel about it.
Police brutality is something we need to diligently guard against.
With that said, I cannot condemn the officer for this. He was in a pressure situation and the man he chased down was a dangerous person.
The attorney for the police officer's association gave a reasonable defense of what happened.
An El Monte police officer was legally justified in kicking a car chase suspect in the head as he was lying on the ground at the end of a televised high-speed pursuit because it was a "distraction blow," a police union attorney said Friday.
Dieter Dammier, attorney for the El Monte Police Officers Assn., said the officer acted within his training and department policy when he delivered the kick.
Richard Rodriguez mixed reaction to a use of force"Unfortunately these things never look good on video. Sometimes officers have to use force when dealing with bad guys," Dammier said. "The officer initially came upon the suspect alone. The suspect hadn't been searched and was a parolee and a gang member."
"The individual officer saw some movement. He feared the parolee might have a weapon or be about to get up. So the officer did what is known as a distraction blow. It wasn't designed to hurt the man, just distract him."
El Monte officers, he said, "are trained to deliver a distraction blow to stop a [suspect] doing what they are planning on doing."
We do have to realize that this is an attorney for the police association, he is going to defend the officer no matter what. Also, the high fives hurt his case a little.
This is a man who chose t0 place himself in this position by driving in a dangerous manner though, reaching speeds of 80 miles an hour endangering innocent bystanders. He is a thug and spends his life menacing society. I'm not going to lose much sleep over him being mistreated.
The incident began Wednesday afternoon when gang officers recognized a man they believed was a gang member driving a Toyota. They were trying to determine if the car was stolen when the driver committed an unspecified traffic violation.
Richard Rodriguez sped off, blowing through stop signs and running red lights at speeds reaching 80 mph, department spokesman Lt. Ken Alva said.
While part of me thinks we need to guard against police brutality by punishing officers who act this way, another part of me thinks this man needed a good ass-whipping for acting like he did. Maybe the real crime here is not making sure there are no cameras around. What are your thoughts?
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