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  1. Kara
    Kara October 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  2. Tapetum
    Tapetum October 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm |

    So, if I’m reading the account Kara linked to correctly (past all the “apparently” and “says that” wibble words”, they’re charging him for kicking over the police scooter that was parked on his leg at the time, because he wasn’t really trapped (after all he wasn’t stuck once the scooter was over, right?).

    Even the reporter, who is doing his damndest to make the police look good here, is having a very tough go of it.

  3. Ashley
    Ashley October 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm |

    Um wow just when you think you have seen it all.

  4. karak
    karak October 14, 2011 at 7:50 pm |

    Ugh, as much as I hate to say this, the scooter scene does strike me as really odd. Honestly, I don’t see how he could into that position unless he was already laying on the ground, somehow.

    That said, even if some jerkoff sticks his leg under your scooter, in the name of everloving Christ, don’t park it on him.

  5. victoria
    victoria October 14, 2011 at 9:06 pm |

    this former legal observer (who is choosing not to watch the linked footage because this and other riot porn can trigger bad memories of her own traumatic run-in with brutal police at a demo) thanks you for posting this and for giving a shout-out to the NLG.

  6. Kyra
    Kyra October 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm |

    @karak, I’ve heard that he had fallen down or been knocked over in the process of people getting out of the way of the cop on the scooter.

  7. Sandy
    Sandy October 14, 2011 at 11:50 pm |

    I can’t believe all the people in the NYT link comments that are like, “he’s faking.” Did we watch the same video? Cause it seemed to me that the wheel was RIGHT on top of his ankle.

    The face-punching incident looks really fucked up too.

  8. Herp Derp
    Herp Derp October 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm |

    All the comments about “I have a motorcycle that’s way heavier than a police scooter and it wouldn’t break someone’s leg” on youtube?

    Okay, cool. Let’s run over YOUR leg with a police bike and then you can report back to us.

    The complete lack of empathy that comes from some people… and that there are assholes out there like that policeman who do that kind of thing to other people. How the hell do they live with themselves.

  9. Rich
    Rich October 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm |

    I’m not surprised in the least by this article. I have seen police do some fucked up things over the years and heard of them doing worse. That these particular policemen thought they could get away with it is what’s really disturbing to me.

    At the OWS Boston movement, one police officer was videotaping the protesters. That’s fine, but my question is why is that needed at all? Everyone at this movement had cameras or phones that they were using to document everything. My suspicion is that the BPD wants to use their own video to justify police brutality if (THEY feel) it is needed. The police, in general, behave like a quasi-military organization that is closed to civilians. They do not trust civilians or, in some cases, even like them!

  10. zuzu
    zuzu October 17, 2011 at 12:53 am |

    Rich: At the OWS Boston movement, one police officer was videotaping the protesters. That’s fine, but my question is why is that needed at all? Everyone at this movement had cameras or phones that they were using to document everything. My suspicion is that the BPD wants to use their own video to justify police brutality if (THEY feel) it is needed.

    If they get sued, they want their own video. Everyone may have cameras or phones, but the police don’t have custody or control over those videos. If they want to use footage later, they’ll want their own. Nothing particularly nefarious about it. That’s why protesters film, too. Document, document, document.

    That scooter thing, however, is all kinds of fucked up.

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