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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Woman Brutalized By Police For Using Cell Phone

By Damion Boycott

Much has been discussed lately regarding police brutality and police misconduct. What happened on August 21st to 34 year old Michelle Jordan adds to the conversation. Jordan was approached by two LAPD patrolmen for using a cell phone behind the wheel of her car. Jordan, a mother of one, exited her vehicle and was wrestled to the ground by one of the two patrolmen. After getting back on her feet, Jordan was handcuffed, then slammed to the ground with her hands cuffed behind her back. After they put Jordan in the squad car, they congratulated each other with a fist bump. These two patrolmen claimed Ms. Jordan was resisting arrest. However, the entire incident was captured on video, and the video tells a completely different story. Jordan did nothing by way of resisting arrest. This is a clear case of police brutality at it's finest.

The problem with policing is the  culture of policing. Patrolmen have ticket writing quotas and arrest quotas. They have to arrest a certain amount of people per month and write a certain amount of tickets per month. If they don't meet their quota their job is at stake, as a result they have to harass innocent people in an effort to stay employed.

If this incident was not captured on  video these two patrolmen would have gotten away with harming and brutalizing a defenseless woman. The victim, Ms. Jordan is recovering from her injuries and will be filing a civil suit.



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