You’ve probably heard all you can stomach about the California Patrol Officer, Daniel Andrew.
About police Brutality at its ugliest.
About officer Andrew, who beat an elderly woman with a mental illness to unconsciousness on the side of the road.
Yeah, that one. If not, no problem. Being months late means the wheels of justice are finally moving and you get to learn of justice the same time you hear of the crime.
Takes a while for the white establishment to charge one of their uniformed own for anything. Be thankful to the passerby citizen who videoed it, because this is more the norm than not, and without the video, this would have never even been judged.
As it turns out, it has and is being judged. A jury penalized the California Highway Patrol $1.5 Million for allowing a culture where something like this could happen, and the Holder Justice Department is pursuing federal charges on Andrew.
“Andrew could still be charged criminally in the case. The CHP forwarded the results of its investigation of the incident to Los Angeles County prosecutors last month, saying he could face serious charges.” (from Yahoo News)
Eric Holder may brush off the Los Angeles Prosecutor’s office to charge this violent criminal with federal charges.
People who defend police above all else commonly say that the kinds of low lives with badges like Daniel Andrew are the exception. Bad apples who do not represent the entirety of the various forces in which they serve.
“Most police are good, hard-working, honest people.”
That would be true if it were true.
But, it is not true. You may not have been in the bank when the “really bad apple robber” shot the pregnant teller, but it doesn’t matter. If you drove the getaway car, you are going to be charged with the robbery and the murder the same as if you had pulled the trigger.
In the video of the disabled woman being brutally beaten, you see a second officer come to assist Daniel Andrew. That officer saw this. crime happen in front of him. Yet, it took a citizen with a random, roving camera to bring this to light.
It’s easy and obvious to say that officers of Andrew’s caliber do not exist in a vacuum. But, when the supposed good cops cover for crimes like this, it calls the whole force’s credibility into appropriate question.
All police know about these types of people in their ranks. They are the exception, but it only takes one fart to spoil the elevator ride, so to speak. Having ANY militant, racist, violent, or otherwise unstable people charged with the responsibility that comes with carrying a badge is grossly unacceptable.
Having even one rogue officer like this with a license to kill is too much.
Until every peace officer is willing to brave the thin blue line to see to it that the police at risk to violate their sacred public trust don’t carry firearms, the entire system is flawed and illegitimate. Unless every officer takes this responsibility to heart, they are all bad seeds.
Analogous is the recent ironic tragedy of the glorious New Jersey state champion football team. The most steroid-charged amongst them thought it would be ritualistically empowering to bend the freshman team over a locker room bench and molest them.
No one is arguing that the seven bad apples of this bunch need to meet Justice. Well, Juvenile probation justice, but whatever. A little bit of justice. Gotta start somewhere.
But, alas, counter-controversy hits the Jersey Shore: the goldarn gub’mnt cancelled the rest of the season. And, maybe next season too.
Oh Hellz no!
Why would they go and punish the whole team — and the good ol’ boys who love watching them some Jersey High School football like that just because of a few bad apples?
I’ll tell you why:
The entire team — players, coaches, and alumni alike — all knew either about the crime as it happened or that “indiscretions” like this happen with traditional regularity. No way this was a fluke gang rape ceremony. This high school’s football program has a “Lord of the Flies” culture of social and general moral degradation. Parties like this are more akin to tradition. The program has a culture of rotten apple worship that you just can’t fix.
If we have any police forces in the United States that are just dirty — corrupt, racist, and violent to the core — it may be necessary to shut them down and reboot the system.