Jun 2, 2008
On May 19, Philadelphia’s mayor and police commissioner announced they were taking quick and decisive action against the 18 Philadelphia cops and one mass transit security officer involved in brutally beating three black men.
It was hardly “quick.” It didn’t come until two weeks after the attack. And it came only AFTER FOX News repeatedly aired video footage taken from one of its helicopters showing the 18 cops kicking, stomping and beating the men. Nor was their response “decisive.” Only four of the 18 were fired and another four given minor discipline. None face criminal charges.
The police commissioner did claim that the entire 6,700 person police force will also be re-trained in the use of force.
But what good will re-training do? After all, the incident happened when “trainees” were being taken out and shown what it is that “Philadelphia’s Finest” do on the streets – brutalize people who are poor.
If brutal cops are to be re-trained that will come only at the hands of the population.