Another day, another once free American citizen, brutally attacked in the name of "law and order" ...
23-year old Michael DeHerrera's friend Shawn Johnson, got kicked out of the bar after he used the women's bathroom. Why the cops had Johnson pinned to the ground, I have no idea, but all he was charged with was "resisting arrest." (What did they want to arrest him for?)
In fear for his friend's life, DeHerrera called to talk with his father, a Pueblo sheriff's deputy. Out of nowhere, Officer Devin Sparks suddenly turns rabid and attacks DeHerrera, hitting him repeatedly with a department-issued piece of metal wrapped in leather. Then Sparks finishes his tirade, by slamming the door of his police cruiser on DeHerrera's ankle.
Devin Sparks is unfit to be a cop. Heck, he's unfit to be a man. Sparks is a danger to society and should be locked up as would any other violent criminal. Being a tax-eater and wearing a state-issued costume, doesn't award him any special rights. The Ruling Class has become power hungry and out of control.
Note also how the video camera, being operated by a police force employee, immediately pans away from the action after it becomes apparent that excessive force is being used.
Denver officials are deeply divided over the proper level of punishment for a police officer who was seen on video tackling and beating a 23-year-old man who was doing nothing but talking on a telephone outside a LoDo nightclub.
The video of Officer Devin Sparks repeatedly hitting Michael DeHerrera of Denver with a department-issued piece of metal wrapped in leather, picking him up roughly and slamming a car door on his ankle has prompted Independent Monitor Richard Rosenthal to push for the firing of Sparks and Corporal Randy Murr.
Rosenthal, who monitors police internal investigations, maintains Sparks and Murr are unfit for the force because they didn't tell the truth about the April 4, 2009 incident. Rosenthal also believes the use of force by Sparks was excessive. The Denver City Council earlier this year agreed to pay $17,500 to settle a federal lawsuit brought by DeHerrera alleging excessive force.
DeHerrera, in interviews, has described police as beating him unconscious. He said he woke up in a hospital bed, with stitches in his head, and a swollen head. He said he later was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome.
"The video was so important because it showed everything that happened, regardless of reports or what's filled out," DeHerrera said in an interview. "The video speaks more than any of those words can."
He added: "I don't swing. I don't blade. I'm on the phone. The only thing I hold onto is my phone. When I go down, I'm out, and that's when he continues to 'get my compliance.'"
Today, police wield more power and authority than is compatible with a free and civil society. Right before our eyes, America is turning into the old Soviet Union, but everyone wishes to pretend otherwise.