I spent this weekend moving our office to a new building. I hated to do it but we simply had outgrown our old office. It was hectic as most moves tend to be. Preparing for court added to the chaos. To complicate things, the IT guy reminded me a lot of the painter on Murphy Brown. You know the guy that came to paint a wall and never left. Anyway, the move is complete and our telephones and computers are working fine.
Another thing that happened to me over the weekend was that Scott Greenfield noticed me. He writes Simple Justice. It is an excellent site and one of the first I noticed when I started blogging about six months ago. In fact, I commented about it on one of my first posts and it was one of the first listed on my blog roll.
During the last six months, I have also noticed that SJ has welcomed, or at least mentioned, some new bloggers to the blogosphere. Some of his comments were complimentary; some, not so much. To the best of my knowledge, Law and Baseball never made the cut and that doesn’t matter because it shouldn’t matter.
First, I should say that Scott didn’t notice me or this blog, he noticed me on twitter. So, maybe that doesn’t count. That doesn’t matter either because it shouldn’t matter. I sensed, however, that my twitter account may have contributed to his inspiration to write this post.
Stop worrying about being loved, respected and admired by people who don’t exist. Just do whatever it is you do to the best of your ability and tell the rest of them to go jump in a lake. You will never achieve universal love and popularity, respect and admiration. There will always be some cheerleader who says you aren’t popular enough. Who cares.
I tend to agree with most things Scott writes about and this is no exception. It doesn’t matter whether someone makes a comment on or about your blog and it shouldn’t matter. Do what you do for you and then move on.
Likewise, it doesn’t matter and it shouldn’t matter if someone unfollows you on twitter. Just move on.
Police misconduct has been a popular topic lately. Yesterday, I wrote a post about it because I couldn’t understand what type of person would brutally beat down a defenseless person. I honestly thought that would be the end of it. I was wrong. Someone sent me an email last night about another incident of police brutality. I forwarded that link to a friend of mine and another post made the blog circuit.
Evidently, police misconduct is more common than the public might know. Rick Horowitz has an excellent and comprehensive post on the topic. Everyone should read it.
Here is the link for a video of a group of police officers, some on horseback, beating an unarmed college student. The video is making the rounds on the blogosphere. I first saw it on Bobby Frederick’s blog, who gave a hat tip to Brian Tannebaum. Of course, Scott Greenfield weighed in on it as well.
Tannebaum‘s post is titled Roll the tape, And hold the Stale Defense and that pretty much tells it all. When the police are caught red handed, their defense is always: But the tape doesn’t show it all. It doesn’t look like that old line will work this time. Bobby has another article tying police misconduct to the local scene. Greenfield hopes it won’t be seen as just another bad apple (or apples in this case). All three make excellent points and you should read the articles.
Let’s recap: the lame defense won’t work; it happens in your town; and it happens more than you might think. I have one thing to add. What kind of person would do such a thing as the cops do in this video?
I can’t think of anything to aptly describe the pathology involved in this cruel beating. It is heartless and gutless. It makes me wonder what came first, the heartless and gutless person who would savagely beat an unarmed and helpless man, or the police officer? Is this an example of a type person who longs to become a police officer so he can have the opportunity to abuse people? Or is it simply a case of the environment fostering this type behavior? Either way, it’s shameful and it shouldn’t be tolerated. Not by those in charge at the police department, not by the citizens whose lives the officers swore to protect and certainly not by those who can make a difference – the jury.
The obligatory disclaimer: I know many officers who would never condone, let alone participate in, such behavior. Unfortunately, it appears that those officers are becoming the minority.