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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Like A Beast With His Horn
Posted by Tata | 10:21 AM
Via Susan Madrak on Facebook:
Dekalb County Police: it's within policy for our officers to kick pregnant women in the stomach
...which leads to:
Cop Kicks Pregnant Woman In Stomach, Dept. Says He Was Within Policy
...which links to:
DeKalb officer investigated after allegedly kicking pregnant woman in stomach

I think we can agree that young Jerad Wheeler would be better off spending time in quiet reflection rather than interacting with women and defenseless animals. The community will be better served if Mr. Wheeler never serves or protects it again. Ms. Raven Dozier and her son Levi are very, very fortunate that this situation did not end tragically for them. Those facets of this case seem uncomplicated, even from a shimmering distance. The comments on those and other articles demonstrate clear sympathy for Ms. Dozier, while other opinions are not greeted with joy. I mean: hallelujah.

The real story here is the department's assent. What are the guidelines that kicking a pregnant woman in the belly falls within? How do you find five sociopaths to sign off on that being okay? Why do I have the feeling that Ms. Dozier and her family should move out of Georgia? Perhaps because with only minor editorial changes, this story's made it across the pond. HuffPo reports a detail missing from other accounts:

[Dozier's attorney Mark] Bullman says that Wheeler, at the advice of his supervisor, arrested Dozier because he would "need to be justified" for kicking a pregnant woman if "something were to happen to the baby."

Police charged Dozier with obstruction and disorderly conduct, a "higher charge than the guy they tased," Bullman said.

So they were all in on it and they knew they were wrong.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Well, ever since 9/11, cops seem to have gotten the idea that they have a free pass to act more and more like the Gestapo did, when dealing with Jews.

But it's for our own good, right? "Protect and serve," right?