Cop Uses Career Day to Show 10 Year Old Who’s the Boss

From the Salon:

Officer Chris Webb was attending “career day” at Tularosa New Mexico Intermediate School when he sent 50,000 volts of electricity into the child’s chest on the playground. The young boy blacked out and has, according to his legal representative, been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder ever since; the officer faces a civil suit.

According to the complaint, Webb shot his Taser at the child (referred to only as “R.D.”) after he said he did not want to join fellow classmates in cleaning the officer’s patrol car.

Well in Officer Webb’s defense, the little brat wouldn’t help wash his car.  From Courthouse News:

“Defendant Webb asked the boy, R.D., in a group of boys, who would like to clean his patrol unit,” the complaint states. “A number of boys said that they would. R.D., joking, said that he did not want to clean the patrol unit.
“Defendant Webb responded by pointing his Taser at R.D. and saying, ‘Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police.'”
Webb then shot “two barbs into R.D.’s chest,” the complaint states.
“Both barbs penetrated the boy’s shirt, causing the device to deliver 50,000 volts into the boy’s body.
“Defendant Webb pulled the barbs out [of] the boy’s chest, causing scarring where the barbs had entered the boy’s skin that look like cigarette burns on the boy’s chest.
“The boy, who weighed less than 100 lbs., blacked out.
“Instead of calling emergency medical personnel, Officer Webb pulled out the barbs and took the boy to the school principal’s office,” the complaint states.

Officer Webb sure showed that kid!  No better way to get children to respect the police than by shooting them with 50k volts.  At least we can rest safe knowing that Officer Webb is out of a job, right?  Suspended without pay until a full investigation is completed?  Hell, suspended with pay until the civil suit is taken care of?  Nope, but don’t worry.  It was an accident!

Following the May 4 incident, Webb, who claims he accidentally discharged the Taser, was given only a three-day suspension.

Giving Officer Webb every single possible benefit of the doubt and assuming that it was indeed an accidental discharge, he still pointed a taser at a 10 year old boy!  But hey, the boys in blue protect their own and everything turns out for the best.  New Mexico keeps an officer on the force, the boy deals with PTSD from the incident, and Officer Webb learns the valuable lesson that his badge allows him to get away with anything short of murder.  What a system!



Spain Considers Ban on Filming Police; People Ask Obvious Question…

As PressTV reports, Spain is considering a ban on filming and photographing the police while they are on duty.

Spain’s Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said that the government is considering the ban on capturing, playing back and processing of images, sounds or data of Spanish security forces who are “in the exercise of their functions.”

The government’s plan which was unveiled on Friday comes amid a crackdown on protests against harsh austerity measures and spending cuts across the debt-wracked country.

Critics consider the measure as a violation of the freedom of speech in the country, but the Spanish officials insist that it is needed to uphold “dignity of police and security forces.”

The “dignity of police and security forces”?  Really?  Is that the best you can do?

The ability to film the police is one of the only safeguards citizens have against police brutality/police misconduct.  Without video and audio evidence, most accusations would become “he said/he said” affairs, with one of the “he’s” being a respected member of law enforcement.  I’d like to think that the majority of law enforcement personnel are honest people who want to do the best job they can serving and protecting the citizens in their jurisdiction.  But anyone who reads Dispatches from the Culture Wars, or follows the issue at all realizes that some cops are more than willing to lie on police reports, plant drugs on suspects, and use unnecessary force in the process of “protecting” the public.  Personally, I think that all police officers should have a camera filming as part of their uniform; like dash cameras on police cruisers, except for the officer themselves.

The obvious question is this:  What do you have to hide?

Honest cops should love having a record of their actions.  It can serve as protection against false accusations of misconduct/brutality.  Bad cops, not so much.  This isn’t about “the dignity of police and security forces.”  It’s about protecting them when their actions cross over the line of legality and it is a ticket to rampant abuse of authority.

With Spain in economic crisis and with protesters taking to the streets all over the nation, enacting this into law would be a clear signal to law enforcement; “We don’t care how you do it, but take care of the protesters.”

The police are public servants.  They are supposed to exist to protect and serve the public and the public interest.  More and more it seems that they are now only protecting and serving the ruling class.

Are they there to protect us or control us?  If Spain passes this law it is one more piece of evidence for the latter.

Just a quick note on this story:  Looking for a source online for this article (I read it originally in my local paper, who didn’t put it on their web page) took forever.  First web search I did turned up countless links but the first four pages were all from conspiracy theory websites.  I have no idea how reliable PressTV is as a source, this is the first time I’ve visited their site, but it is the first source I found that didn’t kill me with pop-up while proclaiming batshit theories.