Wednesday, February 10, 2010

police brutality is funny i guess...


Has anyone else seen the tv spots for this new Kevin Smith move COP OUT, which feature the supposedly comedic moment of two police officers handcuffing a suspect to the back of their car and dragging him? This really really fucking bothers me, not just because it's an obvious glossed-over portrayal of police brutality, but because it's a glossed-over portrayal of torture. Police brutality has been in the news recently with at least two caught-on-video instances of the NYPD using excessive force (I believe there is also a trial going on right now for a 2008 brutality case involving NYPD officers sodomizing a suspect). Dragging, meanwhile, is something I associate with hate crimes, the James Byrd case in Texas (of course) in 1998 for example. This stuff is meant to be fodder for comedy now? Not only that, but they're promoting the movie with this as a punchline? Increasingly around the country, local police forces are militarizing, the chances of an innocent suspect being randomly brutalized by the police is growing as these forces are coming to view the public not as individuals and communities to be protected, but as the enemy. This has been going on in New York for years and it just makes me sick, and I think it's really disgusting that they're putting this on TV now as fodder for comedy. Really, people should know better, but apparently they don't, so fuck' em, fucking rich ass apolitical-if-it-might-make-a-buck Hollywood motherfuckers...

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