Rush to Kick


Man on the street videos of police malfeasance are a joy to watch. By giving citizens the ability to expose bad cops, the job of the good cop will hopefully get easier.

Hundreds of cyclists rode en masse through Los Angeles to protest BP for the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. On Hollywood Boulevard, as dozens pass the camera, a police officer near the sidewalk in the background can be seen kicking once at a passing rider. “What the … was that for?” a voice near the camera shouts.

Paul M. Weber, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, issued a statement cautioning against a “rush to judgment.”

“It is always important to remember that home video, shot from a distance, from one angle and in the dark, and not at the beginning of the incident seldom tells the whole story,” the union’s statement said.

Is there a downside?

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