Tuesday, July 24, 2007

NYC Police Allegedly Brutalize Brutality Lawyer Trying to Stop Police Brutality

Can you say "ironic"?

The New York City police department, once headed by Rudy friend, Bernie Kerik, is now being run by the same guy who trampled the civil rights of protesters during the 2004 Repug Convention in New York City and created his "own little Guantanamo on the Hudson" to detain the protesters.

Considering the leadership of those two, it isn't surprising the the NYC police feel entirely at ease in beating the crap out of a prone, handcuffed black man in full view, and then wailing on a civil rights lawyer who objects.

Welcome to the New Order.

From a June 25, 2007 New York Newsday account:

"City and state officials are denouncing the arrests of a civil rights attorney and his wife after the couple intervened when, they said, police beat a handcuffed teen in central Brooklyn. Protesters returned to a police station yesterday to rally against the arrests and alleged brutality.

"Michael Warren, who once represented Tupac Shakur and the teens charged in the Central Park jogger case, and his wife, Evelyn, said a police supervisor also beat them Thursday after kicking the subdued teen during his arrest on suspicion of car theft.

"'They tackled him to the ground,' Warren told reporters yesterday at a news conference outside City Hall. 'They handcuffed him right away. He was not a threat.'

"The couple said that six officers beat the teen "like a rag doll." A sergeant turned on the couple when they stopped their car to ask police what they were doing, Warren said. He then arrested the couple."

Warren told the media that when he and his wife (who is also an attorney) were told to return to their car, they did. The police attacked Warren, they both say (and the police have not denied this), after Warren began -- from inside his car -- taking down the license plate numbers of the police vehicles on the scene.

You can barely make out the bruise on Warren's face, and the swelling of his wife's face, on this video. One NYC Council member has called for an investigation, and for the arrest of the officer who arrested Warren and his wife.

(Of course, the "liberally-biased" NYTimes apparently never covered the story.)

Also last month, New York's finest rounded up hundreds of the "usual suspects" at the annual Puerto Rico Day parade in New York on charges of -- get this -- illegal assembly (they were at a parade). City officials said they were gang members, but civil rights protesters accused the cops of being heavy handed and using racial profiling at the event.


eRobin said...

That link to The Big Apple is a great one. I've been on that Guantanamo on the Hudson story off and on. I find it hard to believe that the detention of protesters in conditions like that has gone overlooked. The victims of that event should be household names - touring with Cindy Sheehan, whatever. Their experience shows us the future.

What's that expression? When someone shows you who they are, believe them.

A Big Fat Slob said...

Thanks, eR. This has been a difficult story to follow because no one seems to be running with it -- not the MSM, nor even the fringe media in the City. There was a hearing on Wednesday on the police charges against Mr. Warren and I am trying to find out what happened there.