As I sat down after work, I turned on the TV to the popular show Live PD. While I continued to watch, I counted off the violations of civil liberties and noticed the unjust reality of policing. The first thing I tuned into was a stop and search. The man’s crime? Not having lights on his bicycle. Biking in the dark without lights, while dangerous, is not against the law in his jurisdiction. In fact, after invading his privacy by patting him down, the officer let him go. Camera crews broadcasted this man’s face nationwide and violated his privacy. The man’s story remains unknown, but at least the nation got their thrill from seeing someone pulled over.
A carnival in Norristown, PA turned ugly last week when a brawl involving more than 50 children broke out. Shortly after, police arrived at the scene. But rather than de-escalating the situation, they joined in the fight.
Videos from several kids’ phones have surfaced since the incident. They show one of the officers placing a girl in a stranglehold as she appears to struggle for both air and escape. Despite this, the girl’s mother insists that she was not one of the kids involved in the fight.