Let’s face it – without the use of cell phones, many police officers will violate the rights of Black Americans without any repercussions. Wait a minute – even with the use of videos from cell phones, many white police officers are escaping punishment from the legal system. When a video shows that an officer is/was at fault for violating an individual’s civil rights, the public is left to question, where is the justice? It’s no longer an officer’s word and the victim’s word. The video can do all the talking. Still, too many white police officers are put on administrative leave with pay and at the end of an investigation, they go back to their jobs.
As mentioned, without videos, police officers would get away with far more than they are doing right now. Now, this is in no way, shape, or form categorizing or defaming the work that so many do on a daily basis, but this is drawing attention to those on the force who don’t need to be on the force.
Anytime an officer approaches an individual for questioning, there are a lot of emotions going on between both parties. However, when an officer’s emotions go too far, something tragic is likely to happen.
Case in point – a homeless woman who is said to be mentally unstable was beaten severely by a white officer after it is was stated that she put her hands on him. In a story published by the Daily Mail, “The DeKalb County Police Department on Tuesday announced it will be revisiting the June 4 incident after a local news station aired a bystander’s cellphone video depicting the officer striking 38-year-Katie McCrary at least 10 times with his metal baton.”
With the video being difficult to watch, one of the witnesses to the incident is heard encouraging McCrary to stop resisting. But, upon a closer look at the video, it would appear that McCrary is trying to block the blows initiated by the officer.
“Police said McCrary was sent to a hospital after her arrest suffering from a cut and a welt, and she was ultimately charged with obstructing law enforcement and was served a criminal trespass warning.”
The Dekalb County Police Department has not released the name of the officer.