Welp, NYPD’s gone and done it now. After NBA player Chris Copeland was stabbed
in a night club, the police detained two large men—one white and one black—outside on the curb. Neither of them was a suspect in the stabbing.
Everyone is talking peacefully, when suddenly a gaggle of police officers grab the black man, yank him in two different directions at once, put him in a headlock, throw him to the ground, pin his face to the pavement, and one officer smashes him with a baton. The black man’s calfbone got broken. It all got caught on two
So far business as usual, right? Problem is, the black man in this case is Thabo Sefolosha, who plays small forward on the NBA Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Hawks. And now he has a broken leg. And there’s multiple videos of NYPD officers attacking him unprovoked.
If we lived in a society with anything resembling justice even if only for the rich, then the officer who swung his baton would be convicted and imprisoned for aggravated assault, and the other officers for simple assault (or aiding and abetting aggravated assault). And the judge should hand down the maximum possible sentences, because the perpetrators of this crime had been sworn to uphold the law and protect the people, and they abrogated that duty.
What I expect to happen is that the taxpayers of New York will end up forking out a large settlement, and there will not be any judicial penalty for the officers. This is, quite literally, an outrage. And it is equally outrageous, though substantially less surprising, that this sort of thing happens all the time
and that even with video evidence the officers almost never face charges, let alone get imprisoned, and it is barely making the news even now that it’s happened to a famous person.