Law Enforcement, or Lawful Thuggery?
In the United States now, law “enforcement” authorities literally have a license to break the law. Put slightly differently, if you are a police officer, you can do exactly what a gang member or a bunch of thugs would do, and almost always you will suffer no consequences at all. And although it may be true that the vast majority of police officers are law-abiding professionals, encounters like this DO happen every day in this country, and they should not happen at all.
You can’t see much in the video, but you can hear someone screaming in horrible pain:
Here’s what was happening:
John Harmon was coming off a late night at work when he left his downtown marketing firm for his Anderson Township home just after midnight in October 2009.
The 52-year-old longtime diabetic’s blood sugar levels had dipped to a dangerously low level causing him to weave into another lane.
A Hamilton County sheriff’s deputy spotted him on Clough Pike and suspected drunken driving.
What happened over the next two minutes and 20 seconds should never happen to anyone, Harmon said.
I had no success trying to embed the video. You can view it at Hullabaloo, and read the rest of digby’s account of what happened.