Why “Criminals” Should Have Rights, Part 10

To those who think criminals should not have any rights, this story shows the consequences of such a policy:

Although the team purportedly sought to arrest William for quarreling with a drunk, off-duty police officer at a local veterans club early that morning, the family says that their “terrorization” continued for another 45 minutes after William was apprehended.

The officers threw to the floor, kicked and handcuffed Georgeia, her stepfather and her adult son Billy. They also injured Mark’s shoulder and forced Billy to lie face down in broken glass, according to the complaint.

When Georgeia pleaded repeatedly that she had young children in the house, at least one officer allegedly stated, “You think you can get one of ours, and we won’t get one of yours?”

The family says the police proceeded to drag Georgeia’s 10-year-old son Trentino violently from the bathtub, injuring his ankles. They allegedly then made the boy stand naked at gunpoint next to his 4-year-old sister Briseis.

The crime in question: a quarrel with an off-duty cop (the story isn’t clear as to who instigated the quarrel). The rights of the suspect, and his family, apparently didn’t matter since the suspect was already deemed guilty. Hence the cops were justified, in their view, to “get one of yours.” In this case, “getting” innocent children.

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