Two Calgary Police Officers Suspended For Violent Arrest
From Canadian Press:
CALGARY (CP) - Two Calgary police officers were relieved from duty Thursday over allegations they used excessive force in the arrest of a suspect in a drug case.
A private citizen videotaped the arrest a week ago from a nearby apartment balcony and sent a copy of the tape to police chief Jack Beaton, who held a news conference to say he has ordered a full investigation of the incident.
The tape, shot at about 1 a.m., shows two officers handcuffing a male suspect who is face down on the ground, his hands behind his back.
One officer hits the suspect twice in the side of the head, then forcefully pins the suspect with his knee between the man's shoulder blades.
The officer then drags the suspect along the ground by his arms, which are stretched out behind his back.
As a society, we grant our police the power and resources to keep the peace. This group is mandated to carry guns, handcuffs, batons, spray, tazers, - the things they need to enforce the 'peace' we all want in our daily lives. They are authorized to detain, question and take whatever actions are required to fulfill that mandate.
But here is the trade off - they DO NOT get to do some things like punching people in the head while they are detained and handcuffed.
Our police have to deal with the most violent members of our society and I have a lot of sympathy for the positon they are in. But ... the video posted here shows that a line was crossed in this incident. PERIOD!
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