Seeing the slow torturous murder of a restrained compliant suspect by a uniform police officer was evil incarnate. Beyond shocking and beyond any understanding or comprehension.
Even more horrendous were the other uniform police officers at the scene who did nothing as they heard the cries of “I can’t breathe!” from the hapless victim. Protect and serve! Do it now! Why the hesitation? Indifference to the sobbing victim’s gasping pleas and their inaction to stop the on-going barbarism by one of their own. Voluntary blindness indeed.
In broad daylight and in the presence of several witnessing citizens. On a busy avenue with passing traffic. Ho hum, just a normal day.
This brazen criminal act of indifference to life was beyond anyone’s sense of basic humanity. Basic dignity for the sanctity of life.
This happened inside of an American city. Not inside the Warsaw Ghetto; not inside Treblinka; not inside a Russian gulag; not inside Tiananmen Square.
My mind immediately harkened back to the filmed atrocities committed by the Nazis inside of the concentration camps against the victims who the Nazis classified as “subhuman” and not fit to live. A culture of death personified six million times over!
I still see the smug indifference on the officer’s face as he continued to do the devil’s work.
He casually leaned forward with his knee on the neck of the bound victim. The officer placed his left hand inside his pocket. He seemed relaxed – “Just another day at the office”. What in God’s name was he thinking about? Was he thinking at all? Is this the day that he awoke; ate breakfast; put on his uniform and decided that it was a good day for him to kill someone?
There could not be any plausible excuse for this officer’s wanton disregard for a human life. None whatsoever in my book.
It was sickening for me to watch this video. It was repulsive. I has utter disgust with pained disbelief as the eight-plus minutes elapsed on that asphalt. A deep anger welled-up from within me. I was waiting and hoping in vain for . . .
Someone, anyone do something – stop the torture, stop the murder, push that knee-bending, life-ending cop off of him! Do it now! There is still time! Damn the consequences!
No dice. A man dies unjustly. Indifference and inaction at its worse.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
We all now reap the whirlwind. God help us!