Remember two years ago when we all watched Fox footage of a bunch of cops kicking the crap out of some murder suspects (who have since been cleared in the triple shooting)?
Well, the Daily News reports today that these fine officers -- who, let us not forget, were fired by Commissioner Ramsey after being shown on tape punching and kicking the guys while they were on the ground -- are being reinstated.
But wait. There's more. Upon hearing this joyous news, the FOP has decided to host a happy hour tonight in their honor. Obviously, police brutality is cause for celebration.
Yeah, we get that the officers were cleared by a grand jury. But we still aren't quite sure as to why.
Given all the violence this city sees on a daily basis, especially in our schools, why would we condone such behavior? From the Police Department, no less?
Many of you like to talk about this in terms of black and white. We are not going to talk about this issue in terms of race. This stuff is a result of laziness, a lack of training and general incompetence. Train these officers correctly. Don't turn a blind eye to their behavior if it strays from what's acceptable. The suspects had already been apprehended and were not resisting arrest when the beating started. Watch the video for yourself. It's disturbing.
A lawless Police Department is a lawless city. So get violent cops off the street. We need to set an example for our kids (who need our love, support and guidance now more than ever before), and it must come from the highest authority. Is it really that hard?
Has Officer Thomas Schaffling allegedly committed one too many crimes or will he be celebratin' after again being found not guilty?
It's the 25th anniversary of MOVE, but the incident is being overshadowed by the Philadelphia Police Department's brand-spankin'-new scandals and bouts with stupidity.