Seems like with each passing day we are hearing and seeing more and more police getting drunk with power. Even though most are one of two paychecks away from being in deep financial trouble, many ignorantly like to go overboard and smash on people who they know are legitimately protesting policies that in the long run will hurt them too.
In recent months we see more and more cops acting brazenly even when they know cameras are trained up on them. many are crossing the line and going after journalist. many feel that the police unions they belong to have partnered up with corporate interest enough so that they are likely not to be convicted or even punished for crossing the line.
Below we see a disturbing videos of police attacking reporters. What’s the excuse for such behavior? Agitation? Them being provoked? Hardly.. Our men and women in blue along with their apologists have sadly gone down the wrong path. They are now holding it down for corporate based interests that will one day turn on them…
I’m willing to bet some of those corporate interests will be backing the police unions attempts to make it a felony to video tape officers which is what many departments are pushing for as we speak..Here’s a story that speaks to that issue: http://gizmodo.com/5553765/are-cameras-the-new-guns
Here’s a video of a reporter Jesse Freeston for Canada based Real News Network being attacked by cops in Toronto during the G20 Summit who were no where on the scene when ‘Black Block Anarchists‘ showed up, but were all up in people’s grill when people protested them beating on a man who is deaf..
Here’s angry police officers ganging up on a ABC cameraman who was dispatched to a public hospital to cover the shooting of several officers. The camerman had been working the beat for 30 years. He was forced to retire because Oakland police made him feel unsafe when he would show up at events to cover them. He is now suing the department
Here’s an out of control cop going after two reporters who were covering an accident. Remember the police work for us and ideally the media is supposed to be extended eyes and ears for the public, I guess that’s not the case in El Paso, Tx
Below is an angry Newark, NJ Police officer going after a CBS cameraman. Lucky for him there was a City Council woman nearby and he has the lawyers of CBS fighting for him.. Such may not be the fate of indy journalists.