Reports are everywhere about eight Houston police officers allegedly caught on tape beating a suspect. But the worst is no doubt yet to come, when the video eventually gets released.The 15-year old suspect ran from the cops, who allegedly handcuffed then beat him after they caught up with him, not realizing their actions were captured by a surveillance camera at a self-storage facility. The FBI are reviewing the video to evaluate possible civil rights charges. Connelly concludes, "So brace yourself, Houston. At some point you may be getting yet another black eye in terms of world opinion. Not as bad as getting a beating while handcuffed and on the ground, to be sure, but not terrific either."
Mayor Annise Parker tried to describe what's seen on the security-cam footage as calmly as possible to reporters yesterday, but anytime you have to say of your police force that they're alleged to have "handcuffed the suspect and then may have beaten that suspect while he was in custody and handcuffed," it's not good.
Some things seemingly never change. It's like Chris Rock said about running from the cops in his classic video (below): "Everybody knows, if the police have to come and get you, they're bringing an ass kicking with them."
For more excellent advice on interacting with police, see the various videos and materials available from the group Flex Your Rights.