Thursday, July 11, 2002

There is a lot of media excitement about the latest police brutality accusations. Having seen the videotapes on TV, I do not think that they are sufficient to convict those cops of anything. The police behavior is easily explainable, and may even be considered reasonable when all the facts are out.

The Inglewood teenager was apparently resisting arrest. The cops were a little rough with his, but he didn't look like he got hurt. If a suspect is being arrested and not following police instructions, then it is often necessary to use a little force. We don't know how much resistance the teenager was giving. He was handcuffed, but he could have been grabbing or pinching the cops with his hands, kicking with his feet, or refusing to bend down over the car. If he was doing any of those things, then I think that the cops were justified.

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