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Desc:Turns out they had the wrong guy. And put him in a coma.
Category:Crime, News & Politics
Tags:Police, seattle, brutality
Submitted:TeenerTot
Date:05/27/09
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Comment count is 42
garcet71283 - 2009-05-27
Seattle cops are legendary for being dicks.
Herr Matthias - 2009-05-27
(insert major American city here) cops are legendary for being dicks.

CornOnTheCabre - 2009-05-27
i honestly have never had a problem with them. then again, I mostly grew up in suburbs, and all cops seem like perfectly fine human beings after having to deal with Edmonds Cops.

garcet71283 - 2009-05-27
I grew up in Kirkland. The suburb cops tend to be fine, its just the ones in actual city that tend to be dickish.

Then again, I guess that's the same for about every city.

glasseye - 2009-05-27
I live in Seattle, and have lived in several other big cities.

The cops here are relatively good. They generally don't sweat the small stupid shit like suburb cops do, and they seem to try and do their jobs well. It's a big department though, and there are certainly dipshits.

Hooker - 2009-05-27
I live in Personal Anecdoteville. The cops in my city/town/village/tribe vary depending on my personal experience with them, which is probably rather favourable considering that I tend to be middle-class or better. Then again, they may have taken my pot once, in which case they are terrible. It's wide open.

rapsnacks - 2009-05-27
Hi Hooker I think we are city-mates, can we meet irl?

Severian - 2009-05-27
When I was 18 (in NC, not WA), I was beaten up by Officer S.H. Jones, while cuffed, then charged with felony assault on a police officer. Thankfully, a firefighter was an honest witness and the charge was dropped.

I think this explains why I tend to automatically dislike cops and like firefighters.

Another time, a friend got beaten even worse at the police station, but he did ask a deputy, "How does it feel to be a pig?", so I didn't have a lot of sympathy for him.

HankFinch - 2009-05-27
Is that the Meridian 16?




The Faghorn - 2009-05-27
Way to identify with your oppressors, Severian. Did your friend have to pay for hospital damages to the poor officers who endured muscle strain while beating him while he was confined and helpless?

wtf japan - 2009-05-27
Boston cops are legendary for being micks.

baleen - 2009-05-27

I was going to write something about Seattle cops, then I read Hooker's post, and felt like a mong.

allcaps - 2009-05-27
Well, one more anecdote... I was at the protest march against the Iraq war in 2003, not the big one that everyone did but the one after it started that only the hippies and anarchists went to, where the cops pinned everyone into a few blocks downtown. Everyone wanted a fight. Really, both sides. Everyone around me couldn't wait to be brutalized, and the police were all manhandling their sticks in suggestive ways. I was terrified IMMEDIATELY, but my brother had broken up with his girlfriend and wanted some punishing. He was up on lampposts, hurling abuse about with everyone. I satisfied myself with sarcastic questions like, "WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE NICE SUNGLASSES PIG?!" Anyway, the brutality goes down, and we're right at the front. People are screaming from the spray and jerking from the tasers, police kicking people all over the place, blood on the sidewalk, the real deal. Even my brother at this point was like, "Shit, we're middle class white boys, we're not supposed to be here!" but the shit was all around us and we were trapped. I was in a real weird place, and an older cop grabs my arm and screams "COME WITH ME!" I turn to my brother and hand him my wallet and cellphone. "I'm getting arrested," I say. "Take my stuff." "OKAY BRO I'LL GET YOU OUT!" he says, eyes bugging. "No, wait," says the cop. "I just want you to get out of the way, so you don't get hurt." "Oh," I say, "I thought you were arresting me!" "No, no! Ha ha ha!" He laughs. We laugh. The three of us sit in the middle of laughing at this comedy of manners. I remember very clearly that just behind me a cop was using his big police bike to ram three dudes repeatedly into a wall, and just behind him another cop had his knee in a girl's neck, and blood was coming out of her nose. "Go that way!" he pointed. And he was gone, and so were we.

I must have told this story here before...

remag2117 - 2009-05-27
What I find fascinating about human perception is that while we can instantly recognize what happens, we often fail to take into account what doesn't happen.

Hooker - 2009-05-27
That must be why it's called perception.

memedumpster - 2009-05-27
Well, all that pre-washout football practice had to go somewhere.
garcet71283 - 2009-05-27
WSU grads...

glasseye - 2009-05-27
The "would you like fries with that" university...

Cleaner82 - 2009-05-27
I'm surprised his head didn't explode like a watermelon on the wall.
Longshot- - 2009-05-27
I live here is Seattle and I've never had a problem with the cops. I've been caught smoking weed twice and they were pretty cool about it each time telling me to "put it out and take it home". They didn't even break my pipe. Once they took my weed, and that was a bummer, But they didn't ticket me or anything, (it was less than a dime).
I think some of the cops can be dicks, don't group them all together. There are some really cool cops.
Cleaner82 - 2009-05-27
Okay!

Yeah but this one destroyed somebody.

zatojones - 2009-05-27
"The cops paralyzed an innocent man but they once let me keep my weed pipe"

That's some good rationalization there bra

Toenails - 2009-05-27
"The cops paralyzed an innocent man but they once let me keep my weed pipe"

That would be totally awesome to hear on the witness stand if this case ever gets to the sentencing phase.

Dutch Oven Fresh Pie - 2009-05-27
Paralyzed? Is the guy brain dead?

Big Beef Burritos Supreme - 2009-05-27
Don't run from the police. You might get hurt and you'll probably lose in court.
voodoo_pork - 2009-05-27
He didn't look like he was really running...

Smellvin - 2009-05-27
If you see someone charging full force at you it doesn't matter if he's dressed like a cop, clown, Jesus, kangroo; you should instinctually try to avoid getting walloped. Obviously, you can't see the whole thing, but it looks to me more likely that's all this guy was trying to do.

kennydra - 2009-05-27
Yeah, his semi-hesitant sidestepping is really obvious body language for "wtf are those guys charging at? oh me? WTF?!"

Rudy - 2009-05-27
Usually, if you see a police officer it's a good idea to lie flat on your stomach on the ground with your hands behind your head. I do this every time I pass a traffic stop and I've never once been beaten into unconsciousness.

William Burns - 2009-05-27
Seattle cops are the most tender lovers, with the plumpest booties.
voodoo_pork - 2009-05-27
Neck Injury Theater!
jyrque - 2009-05-27
Is pushing a guy really hard any way to arrest someone in the first place?
Adham Nu'man - 2009-05-27
Yeah exactly what I was thinking. It just doesn't seem like a professional arrest technique.

Magical Man from Happy-Land - 2009-05-27
Sheriff’s Sgt. John Urquhart (URK’-hart), who released the video Thursday, says Deputy Matthew Paul did not violate policy in tackling Harris. He says Harris was trying to get away, and calls the injury “a tragic accident.”

OOPS I ACCIDENTALLY TACKLED YOU FULL SPEED AND SLAMMED YOUR HEAD INTO THE WALL AND OOPS THEN I YANKED YOUR NECK AND HEAD AROUND SOME MORE FOR GOOD MEASURE. WHAT A TRAGIC ACCIDENT.
Rodents of Unusual Size - 2009-05-27
Hello, million dollar lawsuit.

Desidiosus - 2009-05-27
Hello, case dismissed.

>:(

oddeye - 2009-05-27
"Sgt. John Urquhart" more like "Sgt. John Uruk-hai"

oddeye 1 - THE MAN 0

Billie_Joe_Buttfuck - 2009-05-27
Savage ignorant peice of shit.


DMKA - 2009-05-27
For the love of God, read the YouTube comments on this thing. Comedy goldmine.
Robin Kestrel - 2009-05-27
Also, check out the comments (supposedly from other cops) at http://www.policeone.com/legal/articles/1835181-Fleeing-man-in-com a-after-shove-by-Seattle-deputy/. Oddly enough, only one of them has any problems at all with this, and he is immediately accused of not being a real cop.

Hooker - 2009-05-28
Robin Kestrel's link: lolololololol

I heard once that you have to take what equates to a rudamentary IQ test to join the police force, and if you score too high, you're rejected.

Lies, lies, LIES! - 2009-10-27
"Seattle Police Brutality" deserves to be its own tag.
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