USA: Police State

‘A slap on the wrist’

from CATO NPMRP

dnt.wjla.umd.student.beaten.wjla.640x360From the Washington Post:

IF A WITNESS hadn’t shot video of two Prince George’s County police officers savagely beating John McKenna, a University of Maryland student, after a March 2010 men’s basketball game, that would probably have been the end of it. The officers didn’t file a report, as required, on their use of force. When initially questioned about the beating, they lied. And when they filled out the initial paperwork on the incident, police said Mr. McKenna had sustained his injuries, including a concussion, from being kicked by a police horse.

Yes, a real eye-opener.  Consider: If there was no video, the cover-up would have succeeded.  Even with compelling videotaped evidence of wrongdoing, just a slap on the writs–just enough to say, “something was done about it.”

But when police act without discipline and then cover it up, they forfeit any claim to credibility and trust. It’s a pity the judicial system did not take the offense more seriously.

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