Tonight! Police Brutality Happy Hour!

By Nina Sachdev
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 8 | Posted Mar. 19, 2010

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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?

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1. citywatcher said... on Mar 19, 2010 at 11:50AM

“Hey PW, Get over it. Those thugs got what their momma's and their pappa's failed to do years ago. A good beatdown!”

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2. Mike from Fishtown said... on Mar 19, 2010 at 12:19PM

“Thanks for the warning. I will be sure to stay off Spring Garden tonight. I don't want to be on the roads when the cops leave there all drunk. I wonder how many DUI accidents by off-duty cops they will have to cover up tonight. Hopefully they do not embarass themselves again by crashing into a State Trooper actually doing police work.”

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3. Nubianstar said... on Mar 19, 2010 at 02:09PM

“This story was very well worded. I agree 100%. Why is the PPD above the law? If you look back on any crime committed by a cop they were all deemed "Justified". If you commit a crime you should pay. Growing up we are taught that the police are our friends. In todays world they are just as scandalous as the average joe on the street. What is worse is the 20% or so who are actually good cops get lost in the shuffle of the dirty ones!!!!! If you commit a crime you should be punished by the full extent of the law and I could care less what your job title is!!!!!!!!!!!!”

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4. The Voice of Reason said... on Mar 19, 2010 at 07:26PM

“What gives you the right to pass any sort of judgment on these officers? Have any of you ever been a Philly cop? Or have known one? My bet is that you don’t even have the slightest idea of what the PPD face out on those streets every day. This city is rotting from the inside out, and often its kill or be killed out there. They have to be on their toes day in and day out watching and waiting for the next person to try to attack or resist their efforts to enforce law and order. There is no being nice out there, if they show weakness for even a second it makes people think that they're weak, and then you've got a bunch of maniacs running around thinking they can just disrespect/beat up/shoot at the cops. I don’t know about anyone else, but that is not the kind of city I want to live in. I respect and believe in law and order, and I fully support those who put themselves in danger to preserve it.”

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5. John Galt said... on Mar 20, 2010 at 11:50AM

“The officers were cleared by a grand jury - a jury that consisted of some African-American citizens - and were awarded their jobs by a neutral arbitrator. If Commissioner Ramsey followed the rule of law in this case - conducting a thorough investigation and interviewing the officers involved - before summarily dismissing and/or transferring them, the arbitrator may have issued a different decision. If you want a boogieman, you have them in Ramsey and Mayor Nutter. They relented to public pressure and fired the officers without due process.

As far as the party, why shouldn't they celebrate? Is it any worse than the celebrations that occurred in the African-American community when O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of double murder? I think not.”

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6. Don't Taze Me Man! said... on Mar 20, 2010 at 11:55AM

“Voice of Reason sounds more like Voice of Self Rationalization.

But it's cool, we only beat up minorities... usually.”

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7. Jason from Fishtown said... on Mar 20, 2010 at 12:23PM

“Yeah, police only beat up minorities . . . usually. And minorities - like John Lewis, Rasheed Scrugs, Eric Floyd, Daniel Giddings, Solomon Montgomery - only kill cops . . . usually.”

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8. Don't Taze Me Man! said... on Mar 20, 2010 at 03:41PM

“Exactly! That's why I try to beat up minorities whenever I get the chance. That way they don't kill cops.

Simple cause and effect.”


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