Archive for May, 2013

Dead and Controlled-what are we willing to pay?

1/12/13 When off duty sheriffs acting as  mall security restrained Ethan Saylor for his “uncooperativeness,”  the 26 year old with Down’s syndrome died  in their custody. Ethan had just finished watching a movie with his caregiver and had returned to the theater to sit down and wait while the caregiver brought the car around. Apparently he didn’t understand the directions of these men and there was a struggle. They controlled him. Now he’s dead. There are no charges against the men responsible for “restraining” him.

5/8/13 David Sal Silva. Father of four. Passing out anywhere other than your own bed is never a good idea, but is it worthy of death? When Bakersfield officers went to arouse the sleeping David Sal Silva in the parking lot of a hospital, they say he put up a fight. I would have to, if I was  disoriented, shouted at, and had a dog snarling and biting me in the dark. The officers say he resisted arrest.  They “controlled” him. He died shortly thereafter. According to the cororner’s report, of natural causes.  According to eye witness reports, by being beaten with police batons. There are no charges against the men responsible for gaining “control” of him that night.

Video footage of the tragic death of Oscar Grant  in California in 2009 show aggressive police action by officers in the minutes prior to “subduing” the subject that ultimately led to one officer shooting Grant in the back as he lay prone and handcuffed on the ground. According to Wikipedia:

On November 5, 2010, Mehserle was sentenced to two years with double credit for time already served, reducing his term by 292 days for the 146 days he has already spent in jail.[122] The judge overturned the gun enhancement, which could have added an additional 3 to 10 years to the sentence.[123][124] He was released from prison at 12:01am on June 13, 2011.

7/28/13 A 95 year old in a Chicago nursing home was so much of a threat,  he had to be shot with a taser, followed by  shotgun blasted bean-bag rounds? Uncooperative  and  refusing to be sent to a hospital for medical care, the staff called the police.  He died shortly after the incident of internal injuries. The investigation is currently pending. 8/7/13

 8/13/13 A graffiti tagging teen, Israel Hernandez, running AWAY from officers in Miami Florida, was finally caught up with then tased. Reports have surfaced that  the officers involved high-fived each other over his dying body. An investigation is ongoing.

The real horror is that these types of control scenarios are constantly played out against the poor, weak, and invisible, by heavily armed police forces every day with no accountability. Or only the lightest of sentences given to those responsible for gaining “control” at the highest of  costs. Think George Zimmerman here.

What kind of world “order” do you want to live in?


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