In mid 2014 news of male police officers, using excessive force on unarmed non-combative women appears on the rise.
May 2014-Arizona State University Professor Ersula Ore was stopped and subsequently assaulted and arrested walking in the middle of a Tempe, Ariz., street to avoid construction. The police’s own dash cam footage recorded the arresting officer escalate tension and aggression to the point it turned into a physical assault by the officer.
Professor Ore tried to explain the reason why she was in the center of the road. However, before she could finish, she was asked for her ID.
“Let me see your ID or you will be arrested for failing to provide ID,” the officer, identified as Stewart Ferrin, is heard saying in the clip.
Ore told Officer Ferrin she had no problem complying with his request to see her ID. Her issue was he was addressing her disrespectfully.
At this point things went bad for Ore, as she was handcuffed man handled and thrown to the ground by Officer Ferrin.
One of the most frightening things about this and similar police actions is they’re recorded by the police’s own video cameras and in full view of the public. That suggests that some officers are on the streets with an “I don’t give a damn I’m above the law” mentality. Even more frightening is the officers are not even attempting to spin stories for their actions; the law takes care of that for them. Nowhere does the video footage show Ore assaulting this officer; however, she was charged with it.
Ore was arrested and faces charges of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, refusing to provide identification when requested to do so by an officer and obstructing a highway or public thoroughfare.
ASU has since released a statement saying an internal investigation determined the officers did nothing wrong.
“ASU authorities have reviewed the circumstances surrounding the arrest and have found no evidence of inappropriate actions by the ASUPD officers involved.”
“According to the Center for Research on Globalization,”500 innocent Americans are murdered by police every year (USDOJ)”
Then in late June 2014 a California resident was driving down the 10 Freeway, near La Brea Avenue, when he noticed a California Highway Patrol officer repeatedly punching a woman up to 15 times in the head area he had pinned down on the ground. Yes California (Didn’t Rodney King get beat by police officers in….? yes California). This beating was captured by several passing motorist’s smart phone cameras.
Motorist David Diaz; who was one of the people that recorded the incident explained what he saw.
“He just pounded her,” Diaz said to CBS Los Angeles. “If you look at the video, there are 15 hits. To the head, and not just simple jabs. These are blows to the head. Blows. Really serious blows. And this is ridiculous to me.”
“He agitated the situation more than helped it,”
What did CHP have to say about this? They say CHP Assistant Chief Chris O’Quinn, the officer in question was simply responding to a report of a woman roaming on the freeway; when he got to her, she was making her way down an off-ramp and wandering between lanes. The woman, who remains unidentified, is unharmed – they say – but undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. The officer is on administrative leave while the patrol investigates. He has not been identified.
Los Angeles attorney Caree Harper said the woman’s family wants authorities held accountable for “beating a great-grandmother in broad daylight.
Police Officers assaulting and sometimes killing the people they’ve sworn to protect is nothing new. Quintessential for decades in inner city neighborhoods with the victims being minority men, the latest wave of Police brutality shows an increase of women victims. When police officers attack and beat women without provocation and legal repercussions, it suggests the presence of an unspoken precedent that will males who victimize and abuse women to continue perpetrating similar acts against women.
The ACLU and Police watchdog groups have been surprisingly silent about the two incidents detailed in this article. There has been no public outcry and outside of the onetime benefit of reporting for the shock factor, the general media hasn’t given the incidents any substantial amount of attention.
The role of the Police institutions can be compared to that of shepherd and sheep dogs. Shepherds and their four legged assistants watch and protect the sheep from predators such as wolves. Police in effect protect members of society from human predators and other threats. If the wolves or predators were assigned to watch their respective flocks, the two incidents in this post are a mere hint of the mayhem and carnage that would be the result.