Thursday, July 05, 2012

The Jack-Booted Thug(s) of the Week...

... are the Long Beach, California police officers who not only smashed multiple surveillance cameras while serving a warrant on a local medical marijuana dispensary (for the last time, are these businesses legal or not?), one of the public "servants" present  at the raid apparently thought it would be a good idea to go ahead and walk on an unresisting and compliant suspect's neck and back with both of his jack-booted feet:

The main charge?  Operating without a city permit.  Well that certainly justifies the level of force seen here, doesn't it?

Unfortunately for the shock troops the footage was also being recorded offsite, which allows their antics to be viewed by everyone. 

The store owners must have had prior knowledge of these unlawful tactics, as that's a crystal clear case of destruction of evidence (not to mention trashing the private property of someone yet to even be charged with a crime), which violates all known precepts of good police work. 

Not that those guidelines apparently matter anymore, especially in California.

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