Friday, September 01, 2017

You make the call: Police union boss says Breaion King arrest didn't merit discipline

Austin activist Chris Harris obtained video of the meet and confer negotiations between the City and the Austin Police Association and, with editing help from Lewis Conway, created this short video juxtaposing the details of Breaion King's arrest with union boss Ken Casaday arguing against changing the rule that prevented the officer involved from being disciplined. They presented the video to the Austin City Council last night arguing to reject the meet-and-confer agreement with the union and address the police department's staffing and discipline issues through normal city processes:

According to Casaday, "half" of Austin PD officers see no problem with the way this young schoolteacher was treated. How about you?


Anonymous said...

In the past few months I've seen a distinct increase in the number of people who are no longer blindly supporting the actions of police officers. I've said almost from the beginning that the election of Trump while harmful now will actually be great for the country in the long run. Millions are now paying attention to police misconduct that hadn't before, and every case like this one just draws in more who then pay attention to the next cases. Just as this country went far right with Trump they will go the opposite direction as they see more and more of these abuse stories. Trump encouraging police to ignore the constitution and mistreat those they arrest likely had just the opposite affect than he intended and encouraged people to take note of the abuses. The worst that can happen is that more ambushes of cops will occur which will have the opposite affect and then cops will use them to excuse their thug-like criminal actions. Those like Micah Johnson who attack seemingly innocent cops can destroy the momentum that's building now for comprehensive police reform and must be strongly discouraged.

Anonymous said...

Cop: "I'm not saying anything, I'm not saying it's true, I'm not saying I can prove it..."

But then cop DOES say something and he spouts off a "fact" of 99% of the time. Surely his "fact" has a reputable source, no?

Our high schools have failed us.

What are the education requirements for being a police officer? Whatever it is, it's not high enough.

Steven Michael Seys said...

The problem with police is they live in an insular, separated society from the people they "serve." If they knew the people they work with, they would be less likely to box them up in stereotypes. Couple that with the training to investigate by following the gut instincts and you have criminals who are never suspected of their crimes while innocent civilians are treated as criminal.

George said...

It's high time that we stopped treating members of the law enforcement community as if they are to be the most respected members of society. They are doing a job, albeit at times a very stressful one, that they willingly applied for. Nobody is forcing them into these jobs and while the vast majority of LE deserve common respect --- some don't.

I can think of many other professions that deserve just as much respect such as nurses, doctors, school teachers to name just a few. When one of these individuals dies you certainly don't see entire highways shut down for a police motorcade of their funeral procession.

These very same entities basically hold municipalities hostage when it comes to bargaining their salaries and benefits ---- same goes for firefighters.

Many place these people up on pedestals and make them out to be heroes as a whole. Some are heroes but that's by their individual actions not because they belong to a "gang" who basically are the only ones who can legally end a citizens life without pretty much any fanfare. I'm not one of those who consider all of them to be heroes just because they chose to don a LE uniform. In my world respect is earned and not given out willy nilly.

View the video of the officer in Salt Lake City who arrested the head nurse for not allowing him to draw blood from an unconscious patient, he clearly crossed the line and not ONE of his punk ass fellow officers stepped in to stop what happened. This kind of crap needs to stop.

For all of you LE trolls who are going to bash my comments, let your true colors come through because no decent and honorable person can defend this sort of action.

Anonymous said...

@George,...I couldn't agree more. The only reason they get so much respect is because they are delegated a job that most of us don't really want to do ourselves. Frankly, I think we as a society should assume much more responsibility for our own communities and protection. There was a time in the 18th and 19th centuries when communities of men would band together and exact vigilante justice without relying on professional law enforcement or the courts to solve the problem of crime in their communities. Hangings were common either in a public setting for the whole community to observe or, frequently, in a more clandestine way. Sure some corners were cut with respect to due process and mistakes were likely made, but at least these communities were willing to do the dirty work on their own. I'm not sure where along the way we became so sensitive and inclined to fund these groups of legally sanctioned mercenaries to do our bidding in regard to the criminal element. But perhaps there is hope. With the advent of concealed carry and now open carry laws, have you noticed how many burglaries, robberies, thefts and other crimes are being interrupted and justice dispatched by "a good guy with a gun?" God bless Texas!

mskitty said...

Well, no. I hadn't noticed, hadn't seen reports of felonies being interrupted by "a good guy with a gun". Where would I go to see this? Hashtag? Phrase to google?

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