What is the Deal With the Power-Abusing Police?

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Seriously, what is the deal with some members of police forces across the nation? No one is a bigger supporter of peace officers than I am, but I’m sick of reading stories about over zealous and downright power-abusing police. Where are they getting their lead? It used to be you would be relieved when the police show up but the worm is turning. The New York Daily News has the details:

Student Girl In HeadscarfThree Muslim teens and one would-be documentarian in New York City were arrested by NYPD officers last Thursday night. Two of the teen girls, Lamis Chapman, 12, and Khalia Wilson, 14, were playing handball in their neighborhood at 9:30 p.m. when police asked them for identification.

“They said they asked for ID,” Wilson told the Daily News. “But I didn’t hear them.”

When the teens didn’t respond, one of the officers put Wilson in a chokehold, while his female partner threw Chapman to the ground. Once the pair were restrained, police allegedly removed their hijabs, or Muslim headscarves.

A college student, Jonathan Harris, heard screaming and ran into the park. When he started to record the officers at the scene, he too was accosted. “Come here, you little motherf***er. You like recording?” the cop said, according to Harris.

He tried to run away, but was tackled by one of the newly arrived officers. He says this officer pushed his face in the dirt, put him in an armlock, and pepper-sprayed him before another punched him in the face. “Where’s the phone?” Harris said the first officer screamed.

Harris was charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing government function.

If this story is true and complete, these guys were out on a hunt. There is no other explanation for roughing up a couple women playing handball. But I’m sure the NSA can put together a little package of the girl’s phone calls and google searches and make a case for having them arrested. Let’s face it: The Fourth Amendment is officially gone, folks…

Read the rest of the story at The Raw Story

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