In Oakland, California, a Bay-Area Regional Transit (BART) cop was filmed beating the snot out of some poor schizophrenic schmuck, running the guy's head into a plate glass window, shattering the window. The victim was charged with assault and battery for the lacerations to the cop. The video is at CNN. http://www.cnn.com/video/
BART is the same department that employed Johannes Mehserle, a cop that murdered Oscar Grant, III, also caught on video. The Oakland Tribune is covering the ongoing prosecution of Officer Mehserle see: http://www.insidebayarea.com/ and the full coverage is at: http://www.insidebayarea.com/oakland-bart-shooting
Let me assure you, I could fill this blawg with examples of the police abuse of power, trivial abuses of police authority to fatal failures, every week, week-in and week-out.
Are there good police, you bet. I know many terrific policemen and women. Do the police feel under attack by lawyers, the community, and the media? Undoubtedly. But, when the police stand behind the officers who commit these acts, and rationalize the abuse of power they deserve our contempt and more.
Now, explain something to me, why is one of the BIG STORIES, in heavy headline-rotation, that annoying southern chef, Paula Deen getting boinked in the nose?