But within minutes, he said, one of the two officers became enraged —
and the judge became his target. The officer screamed and cursed at the
onlookers, some of whom were complaining about what they said was his
violent treatment of the suspect, and then he focused on Justice
Raffaele, who was wearing a T-shirt and jeans. The judge said the
officer rushed forward and, using the upper edge of his hand, delivered a
sharp blow to the judge’s throat that was like what he learned when he
was trained in hand-to-hand combat in the Army.
After reading the article it makes me think that the onlookers probably had reason to be upset with the officer. The officers biggest mistake was striking anyone without cause. But see, in New York, officers can assault anyone they want for any reason they want. Don’t believe me?
The episode, Friday morning just after midnight — in which the judge
says his initial complaint about the officer was dismissed by a
sergeant, the ranking supervisor at the scene — is now the focus of
investigations by the police Internal Affairs Bureau and the Civilian Complaint Review Board.
The civilian review board might be able to accomplish something but I doubt it.
Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief
spokesman, said in an e-mail that all force complaints, whether they
involve serious injuries or not, are referred to the Civilian Complaint
Review Board, an independent agency that investigates allegations of
police misconduct that does not rise to the level of a crime. The
department’s Internal Affairs Bureau investigates complaints of
excessive force that involve serious injuries.
So in other words, your officers can commit assault with impunity unless they severely injure their victim. It’s no wonder why officers dislike people with video cameras. It helps prove assault when they don’t cause permanent injury. Too bad it doesn’t appear that the department would actually do anything about it.
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Because being a cop means that when you’re in the ‘roid rage’ you can beat the hell out of and threaten whoever you want. Even a sitting a judge.*
*Note I don’t think they should get any different treatment than the rest of the general populace. However when even the judge isn’t getting traction to deal with the issue, you know there’s a serious problem.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.