A Big Victory For The Philadelphia Police
By Wyatt Earp | August 6, 2009
A Philadelphia grand jury has just announced that the officers involved in the so-called “violent arrest” used reasonable force and acted within training guidelines during the apprehensions.
No kidding. Most of us said that at the time, but what do we know, we’re only cops. According to the president, we “act stupidly.”
PHILADELPHIA – MyFoxPhilly has learned that a grand jury says Philadelphia police officers who beat three suspects “used reasonable force” in accord with “training guidelines.”
No officers will face criminal charges in the case from May 2008.
Wow, justice for police officers in this town? Someone call Hell and see if they are ice skating down there.
An advance release says the three suspects, because they eluded police, fell under the guidelines that justified the actions of the 20 officers who beat the three men on camera in a 14-minute video shot by Fox 29.
Kind of makes your video footage worthless now, doesn’t it FOX? Now you know why your reporters get no play when you call the division.
“After a careful thorough and exhaustive year long invest we the jurors have independently concluded that criminal action is not warranted against any of the officers. We found that the police on the scene used only the amount of force — and no more than that amount — that they reasonably believed was necessary to bring under control and into custody three suspects in a shooting who had tried to elude capture, who were resisting arrest and who were creating a potentially significant danger to police.”
For all of you who hate the police, you may want to read that paragraph again. I can help you sound out the big words if you’d like.
“We found that the design of the force applied by the police was helpful rather than hurtful; the kicks and blows in other words were aimed not to inflict injury but to facilitate quick and safe arrests. We found that the kind of force administered was completely consistent with police training and guidelines and the laws of the commonwealth.” (H/T – FOX29)
I know and work with (or worked with) everyone that was involved in this arrest. To a man – and woman – they are fine, aggressive officers who do a difficult, dangerous, and thankless job. And what did they get for doing said job? Four officers were fired, a few were transferred, and a sergeant was demoted. Now, maybe Mayor Squidward and Police Commissioner Wiggum can “amend” their swift, harsh discipline of the officers involved, and rehire those that were fired – with back pay, of course.
I am posting the story from the FOX29 website because these a-holes were almost orgasmic that their news copter captured the footage, and did everything in their power to get four police officers fired – without an investigation, interview, or hearing. Posting this grand jury finding is my way of giving FOX29 the finger.
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