I want to draw your attention to this article about the Department of Justice’s investigation into Harris County Police Department; six times over the last two years, HPD officers fired on unarmed civilians, the most memorable of which involved a one-armed, one-legged, wheel-chair bound man who, it turned out, had a ball point pen.
At this moment, I don’t have to try to convince anyone that there’s a predatory culture in the Harris County justice system; the federal government is doing that for me. These are the individuals responsible for gathering evidence to support the District Attorney’s cases; they are responsible for collecting, documenting and safe-guarding evidence that may be the key to some innocent person’s freedom.
Instead, they appear to be shooting mentally handicapped wheel-chair dwellers and punching handcuffed sixteen-year-olds in the face. Does this show concern for the innocent, or a desire to punish those who irritate and frighten them?