Friday, October 28, 2011

Cruel and Unusual

Remember our friends from the NYPD in the video linked to my post, Have You Seen This on the News of September 24?

Well, he got his.  The NYPD found that Inspector Anthony Bologna, the white-shirted PD supervisor who pepper-sprayed a bunch of young women penned up by other police behind orange netting, had violated policy in his use of pepper spray.  Boy will he be sorry!  He's losing TEN vacation days. 

Now, I must confess a certain ignorance of this, having never falsely imprisoned a group of people and then blasted them with mace, but I'm guessing that if you or I did something similar, without legal justification--which is exactly what it means when a police officer violates policy in the use of force--you or I would find ourselves on vacation for at least a few days--in jail.  Inspector Bologna gets to spend a few extra days bullying civilians as punishment for his crime.

Funny, isn't it, how the people who get paid and trained to know just how to act in those situations are held to a lesser standard than those of us who are winging it.

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