Infuriating: Cop Beats Up Disabled Man For Innocent Mistake

I’m not going to suggest that most police officers are evil people. I personally know too many police officers to believe that line of thinking because the officers that I know sincerely want to help the public. But there are too many stories out there of abuse of power by law enforcement officers to believe that all of them wanted to have that job for noble reasons.

Unfortunately, another recent story hammers home the fact that some police officers are simply on a power trip. Jack Burns writes,

A blind man was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer after the man says he accidentally bumped into the officer in a public restroom while trying to locate a urinal, and the officer responded by yelling and shoving him.

Marco Zepeda said he was just trying to navigate his way around a public restroom when he ran into an officer and then attempted to defend himself after the officer shoved him. Zepeda told ABC 15 that it all started as he was snapping his fingers and running his hand along the wall to find an open urinal.

I didn’t hear anybody coming out…(then)…I heard somebody screaming to me and turn around really quick and push me…I go, ok, no, no—this is not going to happen to me,” Zepeda said.

The man, who travels by city bus, told reporters that he gets cursed at and assaulted often on the streets of Phoenix and decided to defend himself. But after he felt the officer’s radio, he quickly realized the man was likely a police officer. That unnamed peace officer quickly took Zepeda to the ground with such force his eyepiece fell on the floor. The blind man began screaming at the officer telling him he was blind and asking for mercy and understanding.

I said a couple times to him, ‘I’m blind, please, leave me alone—I didn’t know you were a [police officer],” Zepeda said, noting that after his eyepiece fell out, he addressed the officer again.

He saw that thing on the floor,” Zepeda said. “I turn around to him and I go, look at my eyes, I’m blind, I didn’t know you were a [police officer] and, even that, he didn’t care.

In lieu of grace and compassion, the blind man got charged with assault on a police officer.

Think about this for a moment.  When he was bumped by Zepeda, this police officer could have simply said something to him or, at worst, given a verbal “warning,” and, most likely, that would have been enough. But, no, this law enforcement officer shoved Zepeda instead of trying to prevent an escalation in the situation.

What happened to police officers seeking to be peace officers and looking for ways to help the people that they come across, including looking for ways to minimize and prevent violence? This police officer did not show honorable behavior. No, what he showed was simple schoolyard bullying, and it shouldn’t be tolerated.

 
 

  • MBounce

    File charges against the Gestapo THUG. Then file a lawsuit for damages against the city, the police department, and anything else that you can find. MAKE THEM PAY!!

  • Kathleen Lessman

    The cops have become judge, jury and executioners. I wonder why we have a court system if they are doing in the field what is supposed to be done in a court room.

  • Mathematical certainty

    Another one-digit-IQ-cop on a power trip. These are the morons that should be fired immediately and arrested for their thuggery. I am a supporter of law enforcement and the police officers who follow the law. I am disgusted with the punk-thugs who become cops to demonstrate their “Get even with their 3rd grade bullies” so why not pummel a blind man, he can’t do anything and who will believe him over a cop.

  • JRW40113

    biased, slanted and provides too little information.

    • deb

      I totally agree with your assessment. Extremely one-sided.

    • Alan

      Yeah, ’cause those blind people are real threats in all situations, right?
      Jeez dude, are you for real?

      • JRW40113

        yes I am for real, this story is biased, it provides only one side of the story and there is too little iformation. Where is information from the police report? Are you for real, or are you that low information?

        • Alan

          Actually, you sound low info.
          Fact, the Police serve, and a blind person, even in a fit of rage, constitutes a very low level of threat, especially to an armed cop!
          Common sense.
          No matter the threat, a blind person without a gun or knife, is not enough threat to justify that response.
          From a political viewpoint, it’s a losing proposition for what happened to happen, especially in the current climate.
          Not low info at all, in fact highly educated and thoughtful.
          Even if a blind person were going bat crap crazy, over reaction by a cop will be criticized, simply due to the persons handicap.
          No, I thought this out, his ass is grass when the people find out.
          I’ll wager his career is over.
          It’s common sense, silly.

          • JRW40113

            spoken by a person who knows not what he is talking about, but bloviates to make himself sound so important. You still haven’t countered my original statement that the article is biased, slanted and contains too little information to make an INFORMED decision on what happened.

          • Alan

            Only by someone with a low IQ.
            You obviously know little of the blind and their situation, or you would know that a sighted person in fair shape has all the advantages over the blind.
            90 % of what we learn is through sight, this is why its so hard for the blind.
            Over 75% of what our brain processes is from our vision.
            Flat out, a cop in fair shape has no business trouncing an unarmed blind person.
            If you dont ‘see’ that, you’re a fool.
            You wait, he’ll have to make an apology, and even then he may lose his job.
            His actions were unacceptable, he’s a moron.

          • JRW40113

            Again with the blather and bloviating. You can spout all this information about blind people, but you refuse to answer my point about the fact the article is biased, slanted and lacks information to allow someone to make an informed decision on what happened. Did the cop do someething wrong, I don’t know. Why don”t I know, because ther is not enough information present in the article . You are like the people in Chicago rioting over the shooting of an ARMED black male (there is video) because the police shot an unarmed black man.

          • Alan

            And your assumptions about the article, myself and your general claims means you can’t think for yourself, fool.
            Really latched on to bloviating, didn’t you?
            Your word of the day, false intellectual?
            You’re not as smart as you think you are.

          • JRW40113

            Still unable to answer my question or counter my points. Wasted enough time dealing with you, fool. Bye.

          • Alan

            Reread your own posts, you asked no questions, moron.
            You made statements, and declarations, but asked no questions.
            As to your “point”, you stated it was biased with too little info, I disagreed, and made myself clear.
            There was little need for more info, the cop screwed up.
            Was your point that blind people are a problem?
            To an armed, trained and capable Poiceman??
            Yeah, good point.

          • JRW40113

            “Where is information from the police report?” Imbecile.

          • glock 19 fan

            And the judge will be his lawn mower.

  • frank shea

    This Policeman has some issues that should disqualify him from
    this very sensitive job!
    The people in his precinct should question hisability to reason!!!
    A blind man is going to attack an armed police officer with a cane???
    THIS HURTS THE MAJORITY OF COPS WHO ARE GREAT DECENT PEOPLE!

    • 1966pontgp

      Looks like he found the wrong way of “overcompensating” in life!

  • Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

    I support the Police 100%, but this PUNK needs to have his head flushed in a toilet full of poop and then dismissed and then sued. No room for people like this giving cops a bad name. He slipped through the Psych evaluation.

    • Steve Crawford

      You support the police 100%? This cop have an anger problem and he should not be a cop. Sadly there are too many bad cops being hired, and they build a wall between them and the public. Example four NYC cops murdered a man for selling loose cigarettes. And they have not been bought to trial after 4 years. How many Black citizens have been shot in the back for running away from the out of shape cops, when the victim had not committed a crime unknowing to the murdering cop?

      • Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

        IDIOT I have opposed bad cops all of my life and have given some the surprise/shock of their lives. The standards for hiring cops should be higher and they and teachers should be paid $100,000 per year just to start. A good cop is like a good military leader, and there are many good cops. When I was a kid Cops and Teachers didn’t have to kiss my ass. My remedy for really bad cops is to approach them on the beach when they are “on vacation” and laughing about what they got away with. You want to brand all cops as bad and that is not the case. The real culprits are the Union Reps. Yes, IDIOT, I support cops 100% and I kick the bad cops in the balls. However, unlike you I know the difference between bad cops and good cops. Semper Fi. I really believe that the good cops can deal with the bad cops like good military leaders, Noncoms and Officers can deal with bad troopers and shitbird Marines.

        • Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

          Let me add that I would personally shove this bad cop’s head into a shit filled toilet, making sure he breaks his jaw on the way, after disarming him. I remember a well respected fellow lawyer who quickly disarmed a local cop who was in a bar trying to impress the ladies with his armed personage, and the lawyer called the Chief to have someone come and take the asshole to jail.

          • mrpoohead

            Talking to oneself? Mad or Alzheimer’s? Can’t see a fat-boy like you doing much damage either.

          • Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

            One never knows………………………………..Half -heimers when convenient and your excuse for not admitting all of the facts into your brain to analyze? Anyway, Poohead, you do not address the issues so I do not see any reason to communicate any further, unless you revel in the trading of insults, but even that gets old too. I imagine you will want to have the last word so have at it, and bye bye.

          • mrpoohead

            Can you refute anything I said with a reputable reference? No!
            Can you substantiate your drivel? No!
            Facts rock, you got none!

          • Chuck

            Where’d you get that name from? It’s Throckmorton, not Flockmorton. Please pay attention to the radio programs you listen to.

          • Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

            Sorry, Chuck; It was a combination of the program I listened to and what I concocted. But you are right for identifying the “Great Gildersleeve” Remember his laugh?

          • Chuck

            Ye-he-he-heh-heh-heh. Yes I do.

          • Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

            Chuck, didn’t he also say: “What a revolting development this is”?

          • Chuck

            That would be William Bendix in “Life of Riley”

          • Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

            Yep, Chuck my “half heimers” is starting to affect me; I stand corrected, but that was a great show as well, huh?

  • Alan404

    The possibility is that some people have powers and authority they never should have been granted.

    • mustangsallyann

      OMGoodness, this makes me so angry. This is what puts our truly good and dedicated officer’s in danger from the thugs that gleefully exploit it. He deserves to be fired and hopefully never re-hired by any other PD. I taught my children and am now doing the same with my grand’s, that police are there to protect and serve those in need. Then something like this happens and I have to explain the evil that runs through the veins of someone that shouldn’t have ever been in a position of trust in the first place.

      • fisherman

        You should be teaching your grandkids to always be weary and cautious around cops. Cops no longer serve and protect. Now it’s observe and collect. They hide behind signs and in alley ways and observe you slowly roll through a stop sign or clock you going a few miles an hour over the speed limit with no one else on the road and pull you over to give you a ticket so the city, state or county they work for can take some of your money. They also pull you over for a phony offense to try to get something on you to make their quota for the month. And please don’t say they don’t have quota’s, because I know that they absolutely do. That’s how a lot of departments pay for overtime. Before any of you out here start to criticize what I have just said, stop and go do some research so that you won’t appear foolish or uneducated with your remarks.

        • mustangsallyann

          I know they have quotas but worked with LE for years when younger and could still count on far more officers doing good rather than bad. There’s no profession in the world that doesn’t have a few bad apples, and I do still believe that to be the case with most LE today. In any case, no matter how crazy people are becoming, I will continue to teach the good over the bad whenever possible. They just need to use more caution.

  • Breaux Staedt

    There was an incident recently in Albuquerque, where a 14 year old ” girl ” ? who self identified as a transsexual had a pocketknife when she was confronted by 3 police officers, who shot and killed her. She might have weighed 80 pounds soaking wet; it seemed like there should have been several ways short of what was essentially an execution to disarm that poor soul.

    There seems to be unnecessary police shootings that hit the headlines fairly often. When the bad guys open up with Uzis or MAC-10’s, go ahead and open that can of whoop-ass, but how about some less-than-lethal rounds when the situation calls for it. Cops like the one above do indeed give police a bad name.

    • mustangsallyann

      One of the biggest problems is the bad are the only one’s that you hear about. The media needs to run more positive stories about the majority which are actually very GOOD cop’s. Until they do that, they may as well provide the weapon that harms our many great officers.

    • Barry Bell

      Blame lawyers for the rules regarding physical interactions with individuals of the public. My father and 2 brothers were cops and between the three of them had over 70 years of service. If you deserved an ass whooping, you got one. For the last 20 years though, Police officers have been told to not engage suspects physically but to use less lethal means. Soooo, most cops have never been smacked in the face in a 20 year career. Taser and then lethal is all they know.

      • AdiDazzler

        You have no idea about what you’re claiming. Just watch any episode of Live PD and you’ll see the exact opposite as they do their job responsibly and with force if necessary.

    • Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

      The Albuquerque cops are no longer employed I presume and someone has taken them out and given them some more & better training?

  • MAGA

    Fire him and find a replacement that will handle interactions with the public more professionally. Cops like him give all a bad name. In this day & age we need police officers we all can trust.

  • deb

    This whole story is off somehow. It’s biased and one sided. Not a single word from the Police officers side. And if he’s blind, what eyepiece fell off. Also, he all of a sudden decides to defend himself after always being pushed around by others? Then he feels the officers radio and realizes it’s a cop. I’m calling BS on this story!

  • anarchyst

    If anything, police should be held to a higher standard than that of the public…
    As it stands now, police can commit crimes with impunity because, in most situations, they investigate themselves…Behavior that would get an ordinary citizen charged, convicted and incarcerated is routinely ignored by “the powers that be” because police are considered to be “above the law” as the “law” is whatever they say it is, the Constitution be damned…
    Police officers are the only group that can murder someone by falsely claiming that “they feared for their lives”, have 48 to 72 hours to “get their stories straight”, and have a union lawyer and compliant prosecutor-steered “grand jury” absolve them of responsibility.
    Police demand immediate compliance (Israeli-style)–with two or three cops issuing and yelling out conflicting commands, it is easy to see how a person under police control could lose his life for merely attempting to follow conflicting directions.
    Ever notice that police unions are “fraternal”? This should tell you something. The “thin-blue-line” is a gang, little different than street gangs–at least when it comes to “covering-up” their questionable and quite often, illegal and criminal behavior.
    In today’s day and age, “officer safety” trumps de-escalation of force. This, in part, is due to the militarization of the police along with training in Israeli police tactics. This becomes a problem, with the “us vs. them” attitude that is fosters, along with the fact that Israel is a very different place, being on a constant “war footing”, its police tactics are very different.
    It is interesting to note that our military operates under “rules of engagement” and “escalation of force” doctrine, unlike American police departments which have NO “rules of engagement” policies.
    There are too many instances of police being “given a pass”, even when incontrovertible video and audio evidence is presented. Grand juries, guided by police-friendly prosecutors, quite often refuse to charge those police officers who abuse their authority.
    Police officers, who want to do the right thing, are quite often marginalized and put into harms way, by their own brethren…When a police officer is beating on someone that is already restrained while yelling, “stop resisting” THAT is but one reason police have a “bad name” in many instances…this makes the “good cops” who are standing around, witnessing their “brethren in blue” beating on a restrained suspect, culpable as well…
    Here are changes that can help reduce police-induced violence:
    1. Get rid of police unions. Police unions (fraternities) protect the guilty, and are responsible for the massive whitewashing of questionable police behavior that is presently being committed.
    2. Eliminate both “absolute” and “qualified” immunity for all public officials. This includes, prosecutors and judges, police and firefighters, code enforcement and child protective services officials, and others who deal with the citizenry. The threat of being sued personally would encourage them to behave themselves. Require police officers to be “bonded” by an insurance company, with their own funds. No bond=no job. You can bet that insurance companies would be more diligent in weeding out the “bad apples” than our present system…
    3. Any public funds disbursed to citizens as a result of police misconduct should come out of police pension funds–NOT from the taxpayers.
    4. Regular drug-testing of police officers as well as incident-based drug testing should take place whenever an officer is involved in a violent situation with a citizen–no exceptions.
    5. Testing for steroid use should be a part of the drug testing program. You know damn well, many police officers “bulk up” with the “help” of steroids. Steroids also affect users mentally as well, making them more aggressive. The potential for abuse of citizens increases greatly with steroid use.
    6. Internal affairs should only be used for disagreements between individual officers–NOT for investigations involving citizen abuse. State-level investigations should be mandatory for all suspected abuses involving citizens.
    7. Prosecutors should be charged with malfeasance IF any evidence implicating police officer misconduct is not presented to the grand jury.
    8. A national or state-by-state database of abusive individuals who should NEVER be allowed to perform police work should be established–a “blacklist” of abusive (former) police officers.
    9. Most people are unaware that police have special “rules” that prohibit them from being questioned from 48 to 72 hours. This allows them to “get their stories straight” and makes it easier to “cover up” bad police behavior. Police must be subject to the same laws as civilians.
    10. All police should be required to wear bodycams and utilize dashcams that cannot be turned off. Any police officers who causes a dash or body cam to be turned off should be summarily fired–no excuses. Today’s body and dash cams are reliable enough to withstand harsh treatment. Body and dashcam footage should be uploaded to a public channel “on the cloud” for public perusal.
    11. All interrogations must be video and audio recorded. Police should be prohibited from lying or fabricating stories in order to get suspects to confess. False confessions ARE a problem in many departments. Unknown to most people, police can lie with impunity while civilians can be charged with lying to police…fair? I think not…
    12. Any legislation passed that restricts the rights of ordinary citizens, such as firearms magazine capacity limits, types of weapons allowed, or restrictive concealed-carry laws should apply equally to police. No special exemptions to be given to police. Laws must be equally applied.
    13 “Asset forfeiture” is a form of “legalized robbery under color of law” and must be abolished. We must return to Constitutional principles when it comes to “crimefighting”. The so-called “war on drugs” is actually a “war on the citizenry” and has had an extremely corrosive effect on the Constitutional principles that our country is (supposed to be) founded on.
    14. “No-knock” raids must be abolished as they put both police and (especially citizens) in harms way. Even the Nazis “knocked on the door” before gaining entry.
    15. SWAT teams must be reigned in on their “dynamic entry techniques”. Utilizing SWAT teams for routine situations is dangerous to both police and citizens. Smashing everything in sight “just because they can”, blaming it on an “adrenaline rush” must end. There is NEVER a reason for destroying property.
    16. The “21 foot rule” must be modified or abolished. American police training assumes that ANYONE that gets within 21 feet of a police officer and is deemed a threat, even a non-life-threatening situation is “fair game” for the use of lethal force. Persons with rakes, sticks, knives, or even their fists have been executed, even when non-lethal means would have been more appropriate. Police hide behind the “21 foot rule” in order to justify questionable police shootings. Their “excuse”, when brought before a prosecutor or grand jury is that “they feared for their life” or “that is the way they are trained”. THAT has to change. Police have a greater responsibility NOT to use deadly force against those that they could easily subdue by other means.
    17. Clear and concise “rules of engagement” must be established for ALL American law enforcement personnel. Any deviation from these rules must be severely punished. It is interesting to note that American military veterans in combat zones operate under more restrictive “rules of engagement” than American “law enforcement”. In fact, American “law enforcement” operates under NO “rules of engagement”. They have total “carte blanche” to destroy whoever they want. THAT has to change…
    Police work is not inherently dangerous…there are many other professions that are much more dangerous.
    A little “Andy Taylor” could go a long way in allaying fears that citizens have of police.
    That being said, I have no problem with police officers who do their job in a fair, conscientious manner…however, it is time to call to task those police officers who only “protect and serve” themselves.

  • You’re All Idiots

    Find out who the officer is and fire his sorry sick ass. Then, take him out to the back alley and beat the crap out of him just before putting 115 grains between his eyes. What a POS !!!

  • lordhoff

    Which jail is the former police officer in? Thought so.

  • David Ellis

    There is no information on what the officer saw or did. Every story has two sides. Let us get the facts then render an opinion on what happened and what should have been done. There have been too many stories come out where the facts were as reported or the facts turned out to be different. People get hurt when the facts are twisted and action is taken by a mob.

  • WZ

    I read today that a Police Officer was chasing a person that was driving erratically. The Police Officer found a BMW that had crash so he They did a search, and found a Latino man breaking into a house. The Police Officer asked the man to surrender. The man picked a rock up and threw the rock hitting the Police Officer in the head knocking him down. The man walked up, and pulled the Police Officers gun out, and proceeded to shoot the Police Officer in the head, and chest killing the Police Officer. I think that maybe there are instances where there is over reaction, but maybe there was a concern that the Police Officers gun was being grabbed. Since the Blind man stated he felt the Radio of the Police Officer. I definitely was not there so I cannot judge the findings here in this story as there is not enough information provided. I pray the Blind man was not hurt, and that he is released. I pray that the Police Officer was not trying to cause malice to this Blind man. Each had a reason for what happened. I think that maybe this was 1 of those mis-understanding.

  • anoesis

    Why are all of you saying he should be fired? He should be put under the jailhouse and when they finally drag him out he should be prosecuted for FELONY abuse of an obviously HANDICAPPED person and put BACK in jail with the worst of the worst of the criminals with life without possibility of parole sentences. We’d SEE just how bada$$ he is THEN. If this piece of crap will do this while he’s wearing a badge and SUPPOSED to be protecting people he will do it in ANY situation where someone invades his ‘space’. Freedom is too good for him. And he has already proven himself guilty!!

  • Pa John

    No matter how much you may think you know about political / law enforcement / legal system corruption in our major cities, the odds are very good that if you do not read the following large article from December of 2011, you may even yet be still seriously underestimating the depth and level of the problem in some areas of our country:

    Gangs and Politicians in Chicago: An Unholy Alliance
    http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/January-2012/Gangs-and-Politicians-An-Unholy-Alliance/

    In short, local politicians need the local street gangs to get the vote out in order to get elected, and you can imagine what those street gangs want in return – the obvious number one demand is protection from police. Local police soon learn it does no good to charge / arrest certain people in certain areas and organized crime thus thrives under the protection of the local elected authorities. The article is old and large but very much worth your time if you have not investigated this side of things in any depth before. It may even put a whole new perspective on why local politicians always want to opt for disarming the local citizen victims instead of going after the bad guys – the gangs like that very much, as it makes crime a much less risky business.

  • Norman Fox

    That low life cop should be fired no pay no nothing. Then he should be made to walk around blind folded to see the horror a blind person endures everyday

  • Alleged-Comment

    The Police Officer lacked confidence in his masculinity and felt threatened. He is a short way off of being a sodomite. This scares and enrages him.

  • OttoZeit

    “…instead of trying to prevent an escalation in the situation,” he escalated it…the exact opposite of an appropriate LE response, but an all too common response of ordinary (fallen) human beings: get pushed, push back. Police officers are supposed to be trained to keep the escalating impulse in check. This one obviously didn’t get the memo.

  • David Jernigan

    I had pretty much the same thing happen to me in my own yard May 30, 2017, Memorial Day. I am disabled and can barely walk as well as in constant pain all the time. A lady who was hysterical and is bi-polar called the Police in Brownwood, Tx. to my house saying I choked her. The Officer who knew I was disabled, told me to turn around and put my hands behind me. I said yes sir and followed his instructions. He put a zip tie loosely on my arms, searched my pockets, stepped back for a moment, then jerked me to the ground by my hair He began yelling I hit him so the other Officer there ran over with his hand through a pair of hand cuffs used them like brass knucks to beat me in the face while the other one kept beating on me as well. After they put the steel cuffs on my hands, they rolled me over and sat on top of me. R C Leihman, the cop who yanked me down then took out his teaser gun and shoved it into my ribcage over my heart and threatened to pull the trigger. I also am known to have seizures. I suffered two broken ribs and a concussion. They drug me to the Patrol car, making fun of me because I couldn’t walk nor would they let me spit the blood in my mouth out, they acted like I wanted to spit on them. EMS only checked my vitals before I was thrown in Jail. The next day I was charged with $40,000 in bonds. I am still trying to pay my bondsman and have to go to court on these ridiculious charges August 3rd and 6th, 2018. The woman has said she was just mad at me that I didn’t try to harm her, I was only trying to calm her down. I have a Court Appointed Lawyer who hasn’t even returned one phone call. The Cops won’t turn over the tapes from the vest cam and there was two recordings instead of one. I got out of Jail, but almost died of my injuries. I am 64 years old. This has ruined my life. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a34d8205278853737eaf24c3d3a4356e6dd5e1c90f8d5c043854bb15ab8667d2.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/977dce436d7dd6be18d7de873ce51530456ee40edb8b1b1e041aa0bca8aabcda.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e893c7bcab51d2eec6743e35366766aa57a33ec9345c27e2437dd5ed83ee71a5.jpg

  • william murphy

    welcome to the American police state.

  • ARJAY

    This “police officer” should be FIRED, NOW!!

  • George T Horvat

    Roughing up a blind man? Really? This must really be a tough cop to take on a blind man all by himself without backup. The cop probably got scared because when he saw that the man was blind he knew his pepper spray would be of no use to him going up against this terrible brut who dared to touch him. Thank goodness the attacker backed down or this terrified police officer may have been forced to use his pistola and pump a few rounds into this terribly aggressive blind man.

  • Apocalypse

    real truth is more like 80% of all cops ARE on a power trip and that cops commit more crimes than ordinary citizens , crooks for cops ,lawless lawmen. I’ve seen and heard many bad things and makes you loose respect for the ones that are sworn to enforce the law and protect the people

  • Hawtry

    My impression is that the proportion of police officers who are bad people is increasing (I mean no disrespect to the good officers). I have not made study of procedures at police academies, but I tentatively advance the following suggestion.

    It should be made easier to expel cadets from academies if an instructor is willing to sign a form stating that the named cadet is morally unfit to be a police officer. Of course this will be a subjective impression, but hiring someone as an instructor implies a trust in his or her judgment. I suspect that instructors often notice that a certain cadet lacks compassion , but that the instructor feels he has a duty to pass the student along to the next stage in training if the student has done satisfactory course work.

    Of course the cadet named as unfit should have a chance to defend himself before the appropriate body or official. But my point is that we need to recognize that the mere ability to pass certain physical tests and acquire certain intellectual skills is not sufficient to make a good cop. You must, in addition, at a minimum, not be a jerk.

    I would be interested in comments from anyone with inside knowledge of police academies.

  • Allan Scott

    Disgraceful, both the cop and the department. This is something that the States DoJ has to investigate. I’ve heard way too many negative things about the Phoenix PD the calls for a complete investigation from the top down.

  • WilliamHarrington

    I can understand and sympathize with the police officer in his initial reaction. However, when Mr. Zapeda told him he was blind and the officer must have seen Zapeda’s cane , his further actions are reprehensible.

  • Robert Kahlcke

    “BLUE LIVES MATTER” PERIOD

  • Patrick Feeney

    Hey piece of filth police officer, resign!

  • fisherman

    All cops are evil. I defy you to find a cop who hasn’t see or been involved in this kind of behavior or worse, violating the constitutional rights of a citizen. With the exception of a rookie, all cops see or do these things and the thin blue line prevents them from getting punished for it. Yes, I know, some cops are punished for it. But the ratio is so one sided that unless you have many witnesses and actual audio and video, they usually walk. It’s astonishing to me how many cops are caught on video violating someone’s rights only to have IA “investigate” and find the cop behaved within department policy. I am surprised by people who don’t understand the gap between cops and citizens. I usually tell them to look on the internet. There are thousands of videos showing this stuff.