First off we have a department taking action (thankfully) about an excessive force situation.
Back in June, Officer Jesus Martinez was caught on camera by a witness straddling and handcuffing a panhandler who was face down on the ground.
Martinez was seen roughing up the man, and later told the department that he had to use pepper spray because the man was resisting arrest.
Police say in the video it’s clear that the man is in extreme pain. A second witness told police that Martinez tackled the panhandler after they exchanged words.
An investigation by Internal Affairs found that Martinez used unnecessary and/or inappropriate force. He was arrested and charged with Official Oppression, which is a Class A Misdemeanor.
Martinez was also fired from the department, where he had worked since 2006
Of course not mentioned is what has happened to other people in the city since June. I applaud the city of Dallas for taking steps to right the wrong. But I do have to ask the antis “Do you think the police would be LESS violence, LESS brutal if the people were unarmed?”
I don’t think so.
Next up we have news from my home town —
ARLINGTON – The Arlington Police Department has opened an internal, criminal investigation into the possible illegal sale of accident reports to lawyers and injury clinics.
One department employee has been placed on leave as allegations swirl about an illegal business-solicitation ring.
Yep, seems some ‘unnamed employee’ was providing attorneys and medical clinics with information they shouldn’t have.
I also applaud the city for acting on this. Given the time frame, this really is acting fast on information. Still makes you wonder what other information has been compromised, what other data has been passed on to unscrupulous people?
So I’ll ask the antis “Do you think the police would be LESS corrupt if the people were unarmed?”
This types of problems are not unique to America, they are not unique to this time and place. Time and time again we’ve seen that basic human nature has not changed, not in this country and not in the thousands of years of documented human history. These are just two of the many examples of why the average person should not be disarmed. There has to be a final check on the abuse of power; that check has to stay in the hands of the individuals.
Please join the conversation.