If you thought the video that we posted yesterday for Felony Friday was shocking, then hold on to your hats. The below video is from 2012, but this is the first time it has been brought to my attention. It reveals an absolutely terrifying scene in Anaheim California as police officers opened fire on a crowd full of women and children. Officers shot rubber bullets from point-blank range and at one point unleashed a police dog on a mother holding her baby.
The crowd had gathered in response to a controversial police shooting. Police had shot and killed a local man earlier in the day, and residents blamed the officers for overreacting. The video below is how police responded to being questioned by the “unruly” crowd.
Based on the video, the only violence initiated was by those holding guns, the police officers. The only individuals that were out of control were wearing blue.
The news reporter mentions towards the end of the video that at least four people told him that police officers offered to buy video from those that had recorded the incident.
Let’s lay out what we know of the situation. The police were involved in a controversial shooting, which resulted in a local resident being killed. The next day a crowd gathered by the scene and questioned police officers. Officers responded by shooting rubber bullets recklessly and pointing their guns into the faces of unarmed women and children. One officer unleashed his dog to attack a woman holding her baby. Then, to top it off, the cops offer to buy up any evidence that would expose their criminal actions.
Sort of makes you want to break into a U-S-A chant doesn’t it?
Incidents involving police officers abusing their power are occurring more and more frequently. As a society we must continue to capture video and expose this criminal behavior. In order to someday reform police protection, we must first make sure there is no doubt that the current method of publicly funded police protection must stop. A free society requires a free market in police protection.
This is no way to be treated by those that are paid to supply protection. It is time to let the market work.