When the officers finally gained control of Heidebrecht, they each grabbed a leg and dragged him, face down, across the floor to a police area inside the airport.There is no question that it crossed the line at the dragging part. At this point, it goes from a standard police response to assault and possibly misconduct and brutality. I know quite a few officers and they get pretty sick of seeing this kind of thing. It makes them all look bad. There seem to be too many situations where officers take it upon themselves to go out of their way to punish people in the course of their arrest. I understand you need to investigate to find out what happened, but why are officers treated different than citizens when these things happen? Why would I be arrested and detained and have to post bail while the investigation is underway? I think it's a bit backwards. Law enforcement officers should be held to at least the same standard. After all, the jerk in Canton that engaged in what can only be called terroristic threats gets investigated and fired, but walks away without ever being arrested. "Insufficient evidence." Snerk.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
What I don't understand
When something like this happens and officers are put on administrative or "restrictive" leave instead of arrested and booked. This seemed like a textbook situation of delusional combative guy that needed some tasing and mental evaluation at a later date.