Appealing to "The Calmer Voices of the Community," DPD Chief Brown Releases Dash-Cam Footage of Beating

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Chief David Brown talks to press and police at DPD headquarters this afternoon.
Just got back from Jack Evans Police Headquarters for Chief David Brown's press conference accompanying the release of dash-cam video in which several officers assaulted Andrew Collins on September 5th. On the video, officers can be seen doing what Chief Brown called "making contact" with Collins -- kicking, punching and beating the man with a baton after chasing him at speeds of close to 60 mph through southeast Dallas, from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to South Lamar, and repeatedly bumping his cycle with their squad car. Collins initially failed to pull over after officers turned on their lights and sirens when they spotted Collins riding his cycle on a sidewalk.

DPD has recommended that the Dallas County District Attorney's Office charged three officers with felony tampering with physical evidence; in the video, which follows, two-year DPD veteran Henry Walter Duetsch can be seen and heard whistling while adjusting a dash-cam away from a view of the officers and Collins. DPD has also asked the DA's office to charge two other officers -- Paul Gregory Bauer and Kevin Ray Randolph, both hired in early 2009 -- with misdemeanor assault. Randolph was terminated today. Three more officers are restricted to desk duty during an ongoing investigation by Internal Affairs and the FBI.

In his comments, which followed Mayor Tom Leppert's thoughts on the subject earlier in the day, Chief Brown said he expected citizens of Dallas to "hold [him] accountable for ensuring that Dallas officers treat all citizens with fairness and compassion." Quoting principles from Sir Robert Peel, which were also sent to all DPD officers, Brown emphasized impartial service to the law and restraint with regard to physical force. The chief refused to answer questions about his personal, "raw emotion" response to the incident. Brown said repeatedly that he hopes citizens will follow his calm, measured approach: "I don't do raw emotion. It's never good for anyone, it really isn't."

The videos follow, as does the entirety of Chief Brown's statement to the media.



And the second video, in which you'll see Officer Deutsch adjust the dash cam.
 


Here are Chief Brown's prepared remarks:

Chief Brown's statement September 15, 2010

Dallas police investigators will recommend to the Dallas county District Attorney Dallas Police Officer Kevin Ray Randolph, hired 3/4/2009, be charged with Assault M/A, Official Oppression M/A, and Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence F/3; Officer Randolph was terminated today for failing probation.

Dallas police investigators will recommend to the Dallas county District Attorney Dallas Police Officer Paul Gregory Bauer, hired 1/21/2009 be charged with Assault M/A, Official Oppression M/A, and Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence F/3.

Dallas police investigators will recommend to the Dallas county District Attorney Dallas Police Officer Henry Walter Duetsch, hired 7/9/2008, be charged with Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence F/3.

Officers on restricted duty: Police Officer Jeremy James Francis, hired 1/7/2009; Robert James Kamphouse, H/M/22, hired 1/21/2009; and Daniel Stephen Malouf W/M/27, hired 5/14/2008 will remain on desk duty until the Internal Affairs investigation is concluded. Other officers at the scene will be interview as well during the Internal Affairs investigation. In addition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation will conduct a concurrent investigation of this incident.

Every citizen deserves a measure of respect.

As Chief of police for the city of Dallas, I expect citizens to hold me accountable for insuring that Dallas officers treat all citizens with fairness and compassion.

No one is above the laws of this great country and I expect officers observing any of their peers violating the law or the department's rules to report those violations immediately.

No one incident should define the character, integrity, or leadership of the Dallas Police Department.

The public's trust and confidence in the Dallas Police Department cannot and will not be compromised by the misconduct of a few officers.

Sir Robert Peel, one of the men known as the Father of Modern policing stated, "the police are the public and the public are the police...."

Peelian principles:

1) The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.

2) The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon the public approval of police actions.

3) Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observation of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.

4) The degree of co-operation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force.

5) Police seek and preserve public favor not by catering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law.

6) Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice, and warning is found to be insufficient.

7) Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.

8) Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions, and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary.

9) The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.

Conclusion

I've been on the job as chief for five months, I've been a member of the police department for 27 years, and I was born and raised in this fine city.

I am appealing to the calmer voices of the community and the police department to examine the evidence in this case, and the department's investigative thoroughness and transparency.

I want you to consider the importance of the many great relationships the Police department has enjoyed over many years as you are making commentary about this incident today and in the days and weeks ahead.

Thank you
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NEVADAWATCHDOG
NEVADAWATCHDOG

Nevada Highway Patrol corruption, dash cam tampering & retaliation - The Mike Weston story http://youtu.be/cFX8bjPCWlo TIME STAMP IRREGULARITIES DISPLAYED ON ORIGINAL TAPE Hour 5 Minute 11 Incident begins Minute 10 Minute 09 Does not display Minute 08 Minute 07 75 seconds Minute 06 55 seconds Minute 05 15 seconds Minute 04 68 seconds Minute 03 45 seconds Minute 02 25 seconds Minute 01 55 seconds Hour 4 Minute 59 40 seconds Minute 58 15 seconds Minute 59 Displays again / 40 seconds / Different content Minute 57 85 seconds Minute 56 70 seconds Minute 55 25 seconds Minute 54 55 seconds Minute 53 23 seconds Minute 52 95 seconds Minute 51 Does not display Minute 50 80 seconds Minute 49 40 seconds Minute 48 40 seconds Minute 47 55 seconds Minute 46 40 seconds Minute 45 Does not display Minute 46 25 seconds Minute 45 Does not display Minute 44 25 seconds Minute 43 55 seconds Minute 42 25 seconds Minute 41 Incident ends

Anonymous
Anonymous

"If you really are serious about defending Rodney King, the habitual crack-head, chronic domestic-violence abuser, and multiple-time thief, then you truly are even more of a naive white libtard than I initially suspected. "

That's right. Bad people deserve any beating they happen to receive.

Andrea Grimes = NAIVE WHITE LI
Andrea Grimes = NAIVE WHITE LI

"It's how you look at it ... the tape. For instance, well, if you play it backwards you see us help King up and send him on his way."

Nice try at quoting Bill Hicks, but you forgot to give him credit.

If you really are serious about defending Rodney King, the habitual crack-head, chronic domestic-violence abuser, and multiple-time thief, then you truly are even more of a naive white libtard than I initially suspected.

Wake the fuck up to reality, you naive white libtard trustafarian.

Only rich white libtard trustafarians can afford to work at the Dallas Observer because the DO pay rate is absolute crap.

Andrea Grimes
Andrea Grimes

"It's how you look at it ... the tape. For instance, well, if you play it backwards you see us help King up and send him on his way."

HA!
HA!

Ms. Powe... I LOVE your quote from one of your posts above.

"As to your "seeing a guy resisting arrest" you must have a video that no one else has because Colling is completely out of view when the blows are administered."

To follow your logic, then those who would give Mr. Collins a pass didn't see him lovingly and gently submit to the officers either. So... YOU can't definitively say that he was compliant! Even though you INSIST he was! AWESOME!

If you think a prone subject with his hands still free is not dangerous then watch this!

http://blutube.policeone.com/M...

Do you also think that terrorists will stop murdering and beheading people if we just give them a chance?!

You seem to have been a cop in the 70s-80s etc. where cops were probably heavy handed. You have an ax to grind? Don't damn these new kids based on what you saw back then. They were babies back then. 5 baton strikes to a subject who won't let his hands be secured is not excessive. Didn't they stop striking each time they were close to getting this guy cuffed (as seen by the arm being raised)? They did NOT go to town on this guy.

As for the administrative stuff... too bad for these guys. If they were called off the chase, they should have stopped. If they fudged a report... that is a no go... and a crime I will NOT defend.

But the force issue alone is a no-brainer. The public wants to see cops hurt BEFORE they apply Graham vs. Conner. That is NOT acceptable.

threefour66
threefour66

The police car blocks the view of the scumbag's movements on the ground, so quit crucifying the officers. Go DPD, back the BLUE.

Em
Em

@Diana Powe,

Thank you very much for your comments. They certainly are clear and insightful. As someone who hopes to become a police officer soon, I congratulate you and thank you for your years of service!

my-eyes-ears-n-brain-work-do-y
my-eyes-ears-n-brain-work-do-y

Well I agree with you.

Especially this:"Four - My opinion is "the penalties for willful violation of any law by those granted additional rights should be elevated as well." "

and

"If you hold yourself above others, then your actions should be above reproach as well. if not, then it would be just another example of the idea that "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.""

Makes retired officers like Diana that much more rare.

I will never understand why, when suspensions finally are decided to be handed out, it is with pay. Seems like convoluted reasoning. That, and unions/associations that are too untouchable.

Idealistic vs Realistic
Idealistic vs Realistic

First statement - I have a great deal of respect for anyone who does their job with honesty and ethical behavior.

Second - Criminals dont have many ethical or honest actions, but the people who claim to be "good" or "law abiding" hopefully will.

Three - Police, politicians, military, and anyone who is granted rights above the ordinary are honor bound to use these rights in the act of protecting others.

Four - My opinion is "the penalties for willful violation of any law by those granted additional rights should be elevated as well." An example such as texas conceal carry laws makes the holder/licensee face stiffer charges if found violating unconnected laws including DWI.

Final - Cops who disregard direct orders should face instant suspension, with reinstatement upon investigation.Cops who willingly break the law need to punished and held accountable with greater and more severe or substantial penalties. If you hold yourself above others, then your actions should be above reproach as well. if not, then it would be just another example of the idea that "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Texas abolished street justice over 100 years ago, how can a reasonable person justify the need for turning back to prior ways like this? I value my 4th amendment rights, would use deadly force in self defense, believe in the idea that we are all imperfect and have opportunity to improve.

If you want a perfect world, then get off of your ass and make it happen. Simply leading by example would work wonders. Otherwise, realistically, chances are that some criminal is going to get pushed and beat and harassed to the point where they have no value for life or others. Hopefully, they injure or kill someone who "needs it". Right? Like when Collins needed an ass kicking, or how about whenever some authority figure abuses their power.Shoot a few people in the face gets attention...

DPD got REAL respectful during citizen 'CONTACT" after a few instances of officers killed in unprovoked traffic stops during the late 80's and early 90's. The act of respect is by choice, so is your job. No one has to show respect to you unless they choose to. Make that choice, show others that you choose to respect them, even if they somehow fail to respect you, your badge, gun, title, whatever...Only then will YOU EVER DESERVE IT.

No need to flame, I won't respond. Others may show some support but this is just my chance to stand up and be heard.

- "Stupidity is my favorite whipping boy, are you here to apply for the job? Get in line, it may be awhile." -

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

When Diane is asked how often this happens, she responds with.."more than it should"

Well we all know how thick the thin blue line is so if you translate that statement too non blue line speak....it translates into ...a shitload

The fact that it should NEVER happen seems to go over the heads of the DPD and others. These people are suppose to be trained but instead we have overly testosteroned men full of anger.

Diana Powe
Diana Powe

"That idiot on the bike could have KILLED someone driving like that running from the police. . ." - your mom

As could have the driver police officer in violating the DPD pursuit policy by driving a four-door sedan (which weighs much more than a motorcycle) the wrong way on a highway access road. As I've noted numerous times above, the police don't get to hit people because they do something the police don't like.

BB
BB

more cameras

cp
cp

I'm skeptical... why would a sgt tell them not to pursue? How frequently does that happen? I mean, we just learned today that the guy who died from the taser incident last week- while the police were getting vilified for using such a ghastly weapon- was high on PCP and was tased five times. Nobody told them not to pursue the guy.

The skeptic in me smells a cover-up. Like maybe the guy was a confidential informant. And these two officers stumbled across him. He ran from the polce, they had their lights and sirens on, he led them through a chase where he made a left turn in front of another car, ran six stop signs and at least one stop light and then went the wrong way on a service road, and yet somehow it's the police's fault?

Plus he was a crappy driver and the only reason he got caught is because he stopped long enough for the police to tap his bike. It didn't even fall down, so they didn't exactly ram him.

your mom
your mom

Seriously? That wasn't anything close to what I'd have thought it would be. That idiot on the bike could have KILLED someone driving like that running from the police. . .

Lights on in the 5-0 car? Pull over moron. . .if not, SMACK, SMACK, SMACK, OUCH CHARLIE!!!

Diana Powe
Diana Powe

Thanks, my-eyes, etc, it's an occupational hazard that some police officers become very callous over the course of their careers. Fortunately, I had a great unexpected mentor when I was a Dallas Police reserve officer named R.D. Alford (badge #2337) who retired in 1988. He showed me by his repeated example that you could be an effective police officer while also treating everyone, even suspects, like human beings and not animals.

my-eyes-ears-n-brain-work-do-y
my-eyes-ears-n-brain-work-do-y

correction -

First cop does 4 baton hits, then a 5th once the other cop is there. Then the 2nd cop does 2 or 3 closed fist punches, not baton hits. My point stands though that it was all without justification, because even by their own admission by withdrawing the resist arrest charges.

my-eyes-ears-n-brain-work-do-y
my-eyes-ears-n-brain-work-do-y

To Diana Powe: you sound like you were an awesome cop. Glad you survived it into retirement with your good judgement intact.

To Bottom Line: Get a reality check already bud.

In the first vid you can see Collins get hit at least 5 times with the baton even though it was also evident he was NOT resisting prior to the first hit. Then a few seconds later the camera picks up on the the SECOND cop hitting him with HIS baton another what looks to be 3 times.

THEN, the 2nd cop car's vid's microphone, clearly picks up the wails of agony as Collins moans in pain. That happens for well over 90 seconds on and off between hearing dispatch. Even during dispatch comments, sometimes you can hear Collins still writhing in more pain as it is obvious he his still getting randomly pummeled.

This is NOT FRIG ROCKET SCIENCE! It couldn't be a more cut and dried case of not just excessive force, but plain and simple a PRIME example of police brutality under the guise of asssumed government protection.

Cops are supposed to be professionals. Just like heavy truck drivers, they have to sometimes put up with unjust carp from the general public because they ARE professionals. PAID professionals. It's not a roadside free-for-all if you happen to carry the weapons to deliver roadside misdirected/perceived justice, just cuz your adrenaline took charge of your brain.

gb
gb

the beating starts as the guy lays down.no threat, just beat the guy because he ran.fuck them, they deserve to be investigated and fired. cops think they are above the law...

Ed
Ed

Nice job, cops.

Next time, do it a little bit faster. This asshole deserved the beating.

Richard Pearse
Richard Pearse

Beat the living $%^& out of that motherf^&*(r!

Thanks policeman

Diana Powe
Diana Powe

Thank you, Daniel. One of the self-check standards for ethical police conduct is whether you'd be willing to have your actions broadcast on the television news. If not, then you shouldn't take that course of action. In this case, we literally see someone was unwilling to have their actions recorded on video. What does that say?

Daniel
Daniel

Diana Powe, you are some kind of awesome.

Whistle Blower
Whistle Blower

Sadly, the police departments do stereotype and profile. I will agree that there is an unequal balance of crime between the black population and the % of blacks in a community.

The relationship between blacks can mend when blacks get sick and tired of crime riddled neighborhoods and enlist the help of police to clean them up.

Conversely I will say that I have (stored somewhere) evidence of officers from a certain department that heavily used race based arrest. "Saturday is ni$$er day, I only arrest ni$$ers on saturday"!

"Let's search this ni$$ers car. They are too stupid to sign a consent to search. We will have them sign it when we are done".

All you pu$$y cops, if your intention is to hide your racism behind your badge, you will eventually get what you have coming to you.

I would venture to guess that these police officers in this specific Dallas Texas incident did this many times, but "happen" to get caught in this incident because of sloppy cover-up work.

They should face criminal charges! The dumb motorcyclist should be flogged for stupidity!

Diana Powe
Diana Powe

I didn't think you were attacking me, Anonymous, and I don't assume you're anything other than a worthy person. Thanks for your apology and I apologize if I've seemed to be attacking you.

Meanwhile, Proud2B Texan, may I suggest that you take your un-American religious bigotry elsewhere. The police don't need approval from someone with that mindset.

Diana Powe
Diana Powe

"You have no interest in what may have led the cop to give those few thumps, your only interest is that he violated the states rules and must be punished. Now, who sounds like the authoritarian, them or you?"

True, all I have is the evidence of my own eyes, three decades of being a police officer with almost all of that in uniform, being a field training officer for many years and the efforts on the part of the police officers at this scene to cover up documentation of their actions. There's no gray area here despite your demand for the police to act like thugs. In a properly functioning government system, the executive is not allowed to hand out punishment without recourse to the judiciary. It's called the Fourteenth Amendment in the U.S. Constitution and Article 1, Section 13 of the Texas Constitution. The police use force all the time and so long as it is reasonable and in pursuit of a lawful end, it's completely legitimate. Force used to punish someone solely for running from the police is inherently and universally illegitimate no matter how much you want to claim otherwise.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Anyway, sorry for the personal attacks on you Diane. I just disagree with you here.

Proud 2B Texan
Proud 2B Texan

These police officers are mostly ex-military who fought hard for our country against the muslims. We owe them RESPECT and may God will always be on their side against evil.

Anonymous
Anonymous

" However, as utterly imperfect as the law is (and it is) it pales to some utterly stupid notion that the police should be able to hand out "justice" on the roadside. However, that mentality is right at home in places like Mexico or the former Soviet Union."

And here's the problem with your mindset, you see a guy like Collins getting a few thumps and in your mind it translates into Mexico and the Soviet Union and anybody who doesn't see things your way is automatically an authoritarian. Here's the reality, most people have common sense, they recognize excessive force when they see it, they evaluate situations. You, on the other hand, automatically go from point a to point b, cop gives a guy a few thumps, cop gets punished. You have no interest in what may have led the cop to give those few thumps, your only interest is that he violated the states rules and must be punished. Now, who sounds like the authoritarian, them or you?

Diana Powe
Diana Powe

"...just pointing out that people like you have given us the world we have now, and in this world Collins has all charges against him dropped while the cops get punished." - (safely) Anonymous

That may be the fantasy world you live in, but the single one of the charges dropped to date is the resisting arrest for completely obvious reasons I previously stated. Meanwhile, you may petulantly stamp your foot and demand that Collins be held fully and individually responsible for his criminal acts (which he should) while denying that responsibility for the officers who apparently didn't want anyone to know the complete story of what happened.

Policing is a messy business because even when the rules are followed the outcomes are frequently far from justice. However, as utterly imperfect as the law is (and it is) it pales to some utterly stupid notion that the police should be able to hand out "justice" on the roadside. However, that mentality is right at home in places like Mexico or the former Soviet Union.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You really are delusional, you keep accusing people of wanting a "daddy state" but the only one here worshiping the daddy state is you. What do you think "law" is? Law is the state, law is the government, the only person who is cowering behind daddy state is you, the only person demanding daddy state protect them is you. And yeah, we all know you used to be a cop, it's obviously what drove you to hide in your nice, tidy little vacuum where people should behave like robots and there's none of that messy reality. No tuff guy act here, just pointing out that people like you have given us the world we have now, and in this world Collins has all charges against him dropped while the cops get punished.

Diana Powe
Diana Powe

"I know your type all too well, you long for things to be 'as they should be', that is, how they're written down on paper, all nice and clean and none of that messy human infallibility and you can't handle it when the real world deviates from that nice clean written outline" - Anonymous

I hate to burst a bubble inside your shell of anonymity, but I spent three decades up close and personal with "messy human infallibility" such as the lifeless shell of the woman who was thrown by her supposed boyfriend from the George Bush Turnpike onto the southbound lanes of Central Expressway one afternoon. As such, trying to patronize me as you are is a waste of keyboarding. I'm also quite familiar with the "tuff-guy" (whatever your actual gender may be) conceit behind your "the rule of law (read the Constitution) doesn't work in the real world". It's a good thing the founders of our country didn't listen to the 18th Century version of your authority-worshiping.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Of course, you'll search in vain for my supposed "sympathy" for Andrew Collins.

Actually, no i won't, there was nothing in my comment directed at you personally. But since you want to play that game, you're right, the world doesn't exist in a vacumm no matter how much you want it to. I know your type all too well, you long for things to be "as they should be", that is, how they're written down on paper, all nice and clean and none of that messy human infallibility and you can't handle it when the real world deviates from that nice clean written outline. I've also seen you comment here before and you always end up going into your Ron Paul type nuttery like you did here. But whatever, tell yourself whatever you need to to keep the real world at bay, because i get the feeling you're about two steps away form going postal.

Diana Powe
Diana Powe

"Or, some people are just assholes who don't, and shouldn't, invoke much sympathy, assholes like Collins. I agree that if Collins, or anyone else, is complying with the officers he shouldn't be struck once, but, that doesn't mean he didn't deserve to get hit.". - anonymous

Of course, you'll search in vain for my supposed "sympathy" for Andrew Collins. My sympathy is reserved for the rule of law that people such as yourself despise by advocating for the thuggish "deserve to get hit" notion of rule by universally fallible human beings. There more people like you are prevented from entering the ranks of law enforcement professionals the better our nation will be.

Anonymous
Anonymous

"It's standard authoritarian rhetoric to demonize someone while justifying the government's own misconduct. They crave a Daddy State to "protect" them because, after all, the government is Good and that person who is conveniently not them is Bad."

Or, some people are just assholes who don't, and shouldn't, invoke much sympathy, assholes like Collins. I agree that if Collins, or anyone else, is complying with the officers he shouldn't be struck once, but, that doesn't mean he didn't deserve to get hit. I think a lot of this sentiment has grown out of the fact that people are tired of seeing idiots riot because some other idiot got a few thumps that everyone knows he deserved. As long as one side is going to criticize cops unfairly, the other side will let cops slide.

Diana Powe
Diana Powe

It's standard authoritarian rhetoric to demonize someone while justifying the government's own misconduct. They crave a Daddy State to "protect" them because, after all, the government is Good and that person who is conveniently not them is Bad.

Suburban Idiot
Suburban Idiot

"Just try being a white woman and walking alone through the DART station on the west end of downtown."

I don't know. I would think that a police officer willing to disobey direct orders and department policy AND commit multiple felonies AND attempt to cover up what he apparently believed was wrong might be just as likely to rape somebody as a guy who rides his motorcycle on the sidewalk.

Anybody got the statistics on that?

Daniel
Daniel

Anonymous,

So you would diregard the orders of your superior, violate departmental standards for "hot pursuit," brag openly during the chase about the ass-whupping you're licking your chops to deliver, deliberately obfuscate the view from the in-dash camera and subsequently falsify information on the arrest report?

You're right, I must be a disturbed individual, because I would do none of those things. I'll seek help immediately. And hey, your abiding sanity will be a great asset to you when you find yourself unemployed during the worst economy in living memory. Man, that'd drive me even crazier!

Diana Powe
Diana Powe

"If it were me and some asshat was putting my life in danger for having to chase him, yeah, he would deserve to have some sense knocked into him.anyone who disagrees must have some serious issues and may want to seek help from a trained professional."

As a trained police professional, I was well aware of my Constitutional (U.S. and Texas) and ethical responsibility to ignore ignorant (in the sense of "ignoring") notions like this. Professional peace officers don't need praise from the likes of this anonymous comment writer. It's easy to do the thug-mentality "street justice" thing. Any troglodyte can handle that. It's the mark of a pro that you don't fall prey to that mentality.

Anonymous
Anonymous

if the retard would have just stopped at the very beginning, I seriously doubt he would have been hit once.

If it were me and some asshat was putting my life in danger for having to chase him, yeah, he would deserve to have some sense knocked into him.

anyone who disagrees must have some serious issues and may want to seek help from a trained professional.

Daniel
Daniel

Bottom line, they ignored their supervisor's order not to pursue. During the pursuit, one officer crowed that he would "kick [the perp] good," or words to that effect. During the arrest, one officer diverted the dash camera so that their activities would be out of sight. After the arrest, they falsified information in their report.

I agree the guy on the bike was an idiot and a scumbag, and that there's no evidence of racism on the part of the cops. They should not, however, be "applauded." They should be fired or harshly reprimanded. It's a very clear-cut case of official misconduct.

WILLIAM
WILLIAM

despite all the other garbage remarks on this story, thank you Diane Powe , very very informative.

Where do "stereotypes" come fr
Where do "stereotypes" come fr

Today in 2010, blacks make up about 26.6% of New York City, but they commit at least 61% of the homicides there, and (in an amazing coincidence) also make up about 61% of the victims there, according to this New York Times interactive homicide map:

projects*nytimes*com/crime/homicides/map

Whites make up about 35% of the population of NYC, but committed only about 7 percent of the homicides.

Bottom Line
Bottom Line

If you run from cops, make them drive down the wrong side of the highway, put innocent life in jeopardy, and are egregious in breaking the law you should be in prision.

This is not a hate crime, it's just some idiot putting others in serious danger and taking some licks for it. The police have one of the hardest jobs in America. These guys and gals have to put up with this kind of lunacy everyday, yet they are expected to be crime fighting machines that are not permitted to express anger or rage in a situation that would have most readers shaking.

These police officers did not choose a random citizen based on color or creed and maliciously beat them. Not in any way.

It is easy for people to demonize these men, but what about the tremendous amount of good that they have done and could do? Remember, police officers are human and they should be treated with the same amount of dignity and respect...if not more for their efforts. Don't defend the idiot that broke several laws, put innocent life in danger, and wasted tax payer money. Give credit where credit is due. The criminal should be punished and the police should be applauded for their fine work and sternly talked to about mistakes made.

Simon
Simon

The bottom line is that at least one of the officers knew they were out of line, otherwise he wouldn't have moved the dash cam. And, still, he didn't have the intelligence to move it BEFORE they started beating the guy.

Westender
Westender

Diana, you lost me at foxnews

dmiami
dmiami

I'm black, he deserved an ass whopping!

Daniel
Daniel

I'd be interested how you define "my views" and to which of your own cogent arguments you refer when you say "I am correct, and you know it, too." Your point, so far as I can tell, is that black men are categorically inclined to rape white women. You further volley that if I don't want to live as the only white face in a ghetto, then you are proven correct in your vile statement, QED.

This doesn't even merit a rejoinder.

sks
sks

This guy got he deserved.

Daniel
Daniel

I'm sorry you're so embittered, my friend. No worries, no need to do any soul-searching -- it's all the niggers' fault. Niggers and libtards: Your unhappiness is all their fault. Why can't they take responsibility for their own lives!

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