Student cried wolf with `police brutality'
13th Precinct, NYPD
I find it amusing that Matt Roberts is crying police brutality in his letter yesterday after a South Bend cop grabbed a female student's arm when she tried to walk away from him while being addressed. I would like to see Mr. Roberts explain to Rodney King and Abner Louima why the incident he witnessed is "police brutality at its best." Police brutality is a very serious issue, and albeit a rare occurrence, it needs to be exposed when a legitimate claim surfaces.
Mr. Roberts failed to address a few questions about the incident that I would love to have answered: Obviously the girl was drinking, but was she actually 21? (He never actually says.) Did Mr. Roberts have a perfect view of the encounter in which he could hear everything said? Was Mr. Roberts drinking himself? Were the police called there by somebody, perhaps an angry neighbor? Did he think to ask? Does the South Bend City code allow for public alcohol consumption? (The answer is no.) If the students were partying, did they keep the noise down when they were first asked?
I particularly enjoyed it when he complained about the officers putting their automobile in a `No Parking Zone.' If he or anybody calls the police, does Mr. Roberts want them to delay their response time by searching for a legal parking spot for their police car before arriving on the scene? You have to be kidding me, right?
I want to assure all of those confused scholars who were intrigued by Mr. Roberts column that what you were given was a half story and from what details were included I can tell you right away that the use of the phrase "police brutality" is shameless and misguided. I guarantee that the officers who confronted Mr. Roberts would have something very different to say and it would probably make more sense. The public and the police must work together to eliminate legitimate brutality claims. This cause can not be furthered when seemingly irrational young adults cry wolf.
13th Precinct, NYPD
class of '99
All Viewpoint Stories for Tuesday, September 10, 2002