Baaaaaaaad cop!……

16 Feb

My beautiful friend Tawni posted this video in her blog that has apparently been racing around the almighty interweb. It’s 3 minutes of enlightenment into what can happen when the wrong people get a little bit of power. Take a gander at the ickyness…

You can read up on all the details of this incident HERE

The “bad cop” thing frustrates the hell out of me. I’m not one of those “fuck the police” kind of people because I’ve met alot of cops who are really fantastic at their job, are fair and understanding, and sincerely joined the force to help people; and if I’m in trouble, they are who I’m going to call. And I know that it must be a really difficult job… they deal with fucked up situations all day long. BUT I have also had many run-ins just like the one caught on tape in the video above, and unfortunately it was when I was younger and technology wasn’t at the stage that it is now where it could simply be exposed on the computer for the public eye. My husband is in a band that has had countless encounters with the police, and most times it mirrors what is seen in the video above (but usually involves pepper spray and billy-clubs). The kids that go to his band’s shows have been the victims of countless acts of brutality by the police in countless cities… and in the majority of the situations, their only crime was being mouthy kids (and any violence that transpired was due to the lack of control on the officers’ part, and then kids then reacting to the police’s behavior).

What’s frustrating is that the police are there to make us feel safe. Their job is to get the “bad guys”… not lose control when teenagers do what they do best- and that’s pushing limits and mouthing off. Yes, I’m sure that it gets really annoying having run-in after run-in with kids giving attitude and showing off for their friends and acting tough. But ya know what? Teachers have to deal with exactly that all day, every day, year after year. And if they responded to any child in the way that this cop did- they would not only be fired, but get sued, and never be able to teach again…. not suspended with pay.

The actions of this officer in the video is not uncommon… but hopefully it will make other police officers who like to abuse their power think twice about man-handling 14 year olds. We are a culture now under constant surveillance- not only by our government, but also by the general public. None of us ever really know when we’re being photographed, videotaped, or watched… and when we fuck up, we might end up on youtube.

Along with a gun, officers of the law should also be armed with mandatory counseling in order to help them keep their emotions and anger in check, and to help them cope with the stresses of their job. Because this member of the public doesn’t feel very safe with the knowledge that there are a large percentage of our nation’s “safety monitors” walking around out there like ticking time bombs… and that the back-talk of a 14 year old can make one of them blow sky-high.

The police are a necessary part of our society. Who are you going to call if someone breaks into your house, or assaults you on the street, or rapes you… I could name off endless situations where an authoritative force is necessary. But when the tables turn and we become more nervous of the police than of the potential predators- that is a serious problem in our society, and one that needs to be addressed and fixed immediately.

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14 Responses to “Baaaaaaaad cop!……”

  1. Baby February 16, 2008 at 1:47 pm #

    “I’ve met alot of cops who are really fantastic at their job, are fair and understanding, and sincerely joined the force to help people; and if I’m in trouble, they are who I’m going to call”

    You’re full of shit. Hey, you said we’re allowed to tell you that in this blog. πŸ™‚

  2. Kristen Ferrell February 16, 2008 at 2:42 pm #

    That’s interesting…. how am I full of shit? Because I don’t hate all people who are members of the same profession? We have a cop that lives across the street from us who is one of the nicest men I’ve ever met. I have friends who I grew up in the punk scene with who became cops because they wanted to have some of the “good guys” in their communities police force. There have been multiple occasions where at bars or clubs cops have seen me be harassed by drunken men, and they’ve stepped in. To make blanket judgments on ANY group of people is ignorant (with the exception of folks in the KKK and things like that)… there are good people and bad people in every grouping of people, whether you’re talking about profession, religion, or anything else.
    And if my house gets broken into, or I’m assaulted or attacked, or if someone goes after my kid, or if something happens that makes me fear for my safety or my family’s safety – damn straight I’m going to call the cops. If a situation arises that I can’t protect myself in, I will bring in people who are trained a little better for that, and who can maybe find the person who did me wrong and throw them in jail. People can scream “fuck the police” all they want, but when something horrible happens who do they call? The police.
    Anyone is totally open to tell me I’m full of shit… but back it up with some reason. Throwing out insults and then running away is just silly and makes you come across as not-too-smart.
    πŸ™‚

  3. orionsreason February 16, 2008 at 3:32 pm #

    too bad the kid with the video turned it off, I would have loved to hear the rest of what the jerk-wad cop was saying “you got that camera on? If I find myself……” then it trails off. I know he was gonna say youtube or the internet. Maybe he started thinking straight and realized what an ass he was being and knew if others saw it he’d be in hot water.
    If he’s “just doing his job” then why oh why is he worried about it being filmed?
    Watching this literally made my stomach sick, for other people who have to go through this and for my girls when they get older and get their first kick-ass skateboards.
    BTW, that guy better not come around here, in this coastal Florida town, Dude is a common way to address everyone.

  4. Kristen Ferrell February 16, 2008 at 3:42 pm #

    this video was totally stomach-turning. that poor little kid was just doing what he was supposed to do- being a mouthy little kid. and that cop got the biggest thrill from fucking with him. it’s so gross.

    what really infuriated me was that the cop was suspended with pay. they’re actually investigating it, and he’s getting paid while not at work. what is there to investigate? it’s all right there on tape… from beginning to end. and even though the kids knew that they weren’t supposed to be skateboarding there- so what? that’s nothing to even get angry about. with all the REAL crime going on in our country, that really isn’t one that needs attention-let alone to be the subject of this cop’s pent-up aggression.

  5. Candice February 16, 2008 at 5:20 pm #

    this whole situation is so maddening! The thing that gets me is that in the Baltimore Sun article this outstanding officer of the law (cough cough) is quoted as saying “These kids, they’ve got nothing better to do”. Really Officer Rivieri? Surely you jest! No, actually you are right. These kids are doing exactly what they should be doing…spending their days out in the sun doing fun things like skateboarding. They aren’t supposed to be doing better things…they’re 14. YOU Officer Rivieri on the other hand DO have better things that you SHOULD be doing instead of playing bully to a group of teenagers in a desperate attempt to make yourself feel less like the sorry excuse for a man that you are. If this guy wants to feel big and bad, then maybe he should grow some real balls (meaning having nothing to do with testicles…but you know…the kind that women tend to have more so than men…) and be brave enough to help the people who are really in need of some help.

  6. Kristen Ferrell February 16, 2008 at 5:31 pm #

    They kept stating in the article that he was a “17 year veteran” of the police force- like that was supposed to give him some form of cred with how he decided to handle the situation… when actually, after being privy to 17 years of domestic abuse situations, child abuse situations, teenage prostitution and runaways, homelessness, drug addiction, and all the other things that cops have to deal with on a daily basis he should KNOW that a bunch of 14 year olds riding around on skateboards is not only harmless- but it’s a productive way for them to spend their time.
    He’s just mad at being on the force for 17 years and still stuck giving parking tickets.

  7. whitney February 16, 2008 at 11:19 pm #

    it angers me when people are quick to hate cops… it’s not the cop that makes someone an asshole, it’s an asshole that makes an asshole.
    my dad use to be a cop. but recently, because of some of the “bad cops” he worked with, he was forced to retire because they back stabbed him. it was all pretty fucked up and it really makes me want to slit their throats and tell them theyre big piles of shit… and it was done so they could get a hire ranking. how messed up is that?

    it’s scary knowing there are cops out there like that “protecting” us. the badge goes to their head and thye will just tear anyone a new asshole just for someone looking at them in the wrong way.
    james got man-handled by this one asshole cop in hollywood (go figure) behind the knitting factory, because he waved at a helicopter. i mean, WHAT THE HELL!?

    ugh…. i saw a video similiar to this one a few months back. the kids were also skateboarding around but were a little older. and there was two cops getting WAYYY too physical. it’s all so unnecessary.

    someone should take a big shit on the drivers seat of that cops stupid golf cart.

  8. Lucy February 17, 2008 at 2:12 am #

    Obviously his parents put their foot in his “butt” too much as a kid.

    What an absolute arse. I hope some clever musical person makes a mix and samples this and totally ridicules him to shit

  9. Kristen Ferrell February 17, 2008 at 11:12 am #

    it’s totally unfair to judge an entire group of people for the actions of some. i see the “fuck the police” attitude with tons of punk kids, and i think it’s weird. because of the actions of some punk kids, the group as a whole has gotten the reputation in the eyes of authority figures and the general public as being no good. in turn, it makes it really difficult for the kids who are just trying to get by without incident, because they have to live in that prejudice. because of the way i look, i have had to put forth 100x’s more effort in proving that i’m a good mother when dealing with my sons schools and other parents, because i’m usually met with a knee-jerk reaction of the “punk junkie mother”… which is frustrating because i have a college degree, owned my own home at age 23, own my own business, have had tons of child psyche training and am a really good and informed mother… which is more that can be said for the average mom i run into at the parent-teacher conferences. but i’m the one that gets shunned because of the actions of others. i understand where the prejudice comes from, and i don’t let it get to me. but i’d think that kids that are met with this kind of knee-jerk attitude towards them would be less inclined to throw it back at other people… no matter who it is.

    to judge an entire group of people on the actions of some is no different than someone being afraid of all black people because there is gang violence; it’s ignorant, and ridiculous.

  10. Devin February 18, 2008 at 11:43 am #

  11. Kristen Ferrell February 18, 2008 at 11:48 am #

    holy crap! this guy is a total menace!! since that video didn’t come up as a direct link, i’ll try to post it on here (hopefully it works)

  12. Kristen Ferrell February 18, 2008 at 11:50 am #

    ok…. i guess that didn’t work.
    just cut and paste this into your browser:

  13. Tawni February 19, 2008 at 1:48 pm #

    I can’t even watch that video again, it upsets me too much. That poor kid. If that was my son, I would not be able to rest until that cop gets fired. I hope it happens.

    I am so glad you posted this so more people hear about it. The more the public is outraged and communicates this amongst ourselves, the more nervous the next bad guy will be about getting caught. At least that is my hope! (I’m a bit of a Pollyanna, I admit it.) Hopefully, with the technology advancing in ways that make recording capabilities easy and affordable to many people, incidences like this will happen less often.

    I’ve seen so many racist and corrupt people in positions of authority (like the jerk in the above video), and I wish so badly we’d had the ability to indiscreetly film some of them back when I was a teenager (you know, back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth…). We didn’t have digital cameras, cellphones or the internet with which to get the word out back in the eighties/early nineties. I’m so glad these things have been invented and developed so that the average joe can afford them and use them for protection in this way.

    This is so right on:

    “to judge an entire group of people on the actions of some is no different than someone being afraid of all black people because there is gang violence; it’s ignorant, and ridiculous.”

    You are so smart! I heart you, Kristen! xoxoxo.

  14. dollypop February 19, 2008 at 1:49 pm #

    holy jeeeeeez……this guy.
    no words that haven’t already been said.
    i’m on both sides.
    this guy, needs to retire. forced retirement. he longer enjoys his job or in it for the right reason. maybe he never was.
    i have cops in y family and they know guys like this and steer very clear. the PD is not the 3 muskateer mentality it was of yesteryear. so bad things happne to the good guys sadly yes, but the good cops don’t stick by the suckasses either.
    growing upin the teeny town i did, the community got fed up with us sakte punks , but instead of bullying us, they raise dthe money to build us our own skate park to keep us out of their hair. god that was over 15 years ago. and i was already past my prime. oooh i am suddenly feeling very old.

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