I was all set to blog about Iron Man, cyborgs, and militarized exoskeletons tonight, but saw this report on Newsvine and decided this heavier fare was more critical. AP reports on a WTXF-TV Fox video showing three men being pulled over, dragged out of their car, and beaten by a blue swarm of cops last night in Philadelphia, city of brotherly love.
Here are time-sequenced screenshots of the video footage:
Of course, AP responsibly notes that the video represents specific moments in time, taken out of context. In other words, we don’t really know what happened before these events, why a TV helicopter crew happened to be taping this chase > traffic stop > violent beating, why we are hearing and seeing this more than 24 hours later in this day and age, why we are STILL hearing and seeing obscene, neanderthal behavior from public officials who are employed to protect and respect the peace.
How deeply sad. Seeing this after the police brutality cases of Rodney King, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo (just to name a few of those we’ve been told about), made me revisit America’s anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner. The first verse closes with this question:
“Oh, say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”