In this video a young man is sitting in his car when he tells the police officer asking him questions to “shut up.” What happens next is a cookie cutter case of power trip brutality caused by the cop escalating violence to unneeded levels. The man was not resisting in the least, yet this cop proceeds to pummel him with his night stick and then pepper sprays him.
It is unclear what exactly caused the cop to detain this individual but it is not at all unclear as to who escalated the situation to violence.
Imagine changing one single variable in this situation: the man doing the beating is not a cop.
How would those bystanders act differently? Doubtless they would come to the aid of the man being pummeled. The assailant is certainly outnumbered. And in those moments when it seems the brutal and unjustified beating would not end, it would be natural and right for either the victim or a bystander to use defensive violence to end the assault, even lethal force if necessary.
Instead, the assailant continues completely undisturbed. And, if history is any indication, he is likely to face very little repercussions (though he would surely face none, if not for this video recording).
And people continue to ask me why I hate cops, why I’m scared of cops, why I get anxious knowing one is around. It’s because I’ve seen this happen way too much. I know of too many people who have been brutalized by these statist thugs.
And I know if cops were to do something to me no one would even try to stop them.
So the better question is why isn’t everyone scared of them, why doesn’t every civilian hate them?
They’re able to kill with minimal repercussions. That’s fucked up.
If any civilian group did half the things they did and had uniforms like them they’d be called a street gang.