Tuesday, December 16, 2014

To preserve (themselves) and protect (themselves)

What apparently passes for good police work in Ohio (and undoubtedly elsewhere):

Police aggressively questioned the tearful girlfriend of a young black man they had just shot dead as he held a BB gun in an Ohio supermarket – accusing her of lying, threatening her with jail, and suggesting that she was high on drugs.

Tasha Thomas was reduced to swearing on the lives of her relatives that John Crawford III had not been carrying a firearm when they entered the Walmart in Beavercreek, near Dayton, to buy crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars on the evening of 5 August.

“You lie to me and you might be on your way to jail,” detective Rodney Curd told Thomas, as she wept and repeatedly offered to take a lie-detector test. After more than an hour and a half of questioning and statement-taking, Curd finally told Thomas that Crawford, 22, had died.

But it's people wearing t-shirts that are the real problem.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]


StonyPillow said...

Detective Rodney Curd’s police union now demands an apology from Tasha Thomas. Their feelings have been bruised by our disgust.

If they don’t get it, watch out.

donnah said...

I live in Dayton, very close to the Beavercreek Walmart where John Crawford was murdered. The suburb is lily-white and the police force probably sees any person of color as a potential threat.

Not surprised that this story about the interrogation didn't appear anywhere in our local media. hmm. The family is now suing the police, but we all know where that will end.


pansypoo said...

piling on bad. instead of being sad you fucked up.

Harry R. Sohl said...

To protect and to serve…

it's a cookbook!!

Montag said...

Yeah, this one kinda curdled in the stomach--trying to get the girlfriend to cop to an accessory charge for a non-crime.

The cops can carry all the firepower they like, but it doesn't make them 1% smarter.

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The more firepower and less accountability they have, the stupider, lazier and more arrogant they can be.

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