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    Angry New Orleans cops taped beating 64 y.o. man

    WTF is wrong with these *ssholes??

    New Orleans Police Beating Caught on Tape

    By MARY FOSTER, Associated Press Writer
    Oct. 9, 2005

    NEW ORLEANS - Two New Orleans police officers repeatedly punched a 64-year-old man accused of public intoxication, and another city officer assaulted an Associated Press Television News producer as a cameraman taped the confrontations.

    There will be a criminal investigation, and the three officers were to be suspended, arrested and charged with simple battery Sunday, Capt. Marlon Defillo said.

    "We have great concern with what we saw this morning," Defillo said after he and about a dozen other high-ranking police department officials watched the APTN footage Sunday. "It's a troubling tape, no doubt about it. ... This department will take immediate action."

    The assaults come as the department, long plagued by allegations of brutality and corruption, struggles with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the resignation last month of Police Superintendent Eddie Compass.

    The APTN tape shows an officer hitting the man at least four times in the head Saturday night as he stood outside a bar near Bourbon Street. The suspect, Robert Davis, appeared to resist, twisting and flailing as he was dragged to the ground by four officers. One of the four then kneed Davis and punched him twice. Davis was face-down on the sidewalk with blood streaming down his arm and into the gutter.

    Meanwhile, a fifth officer ordered APTN producer Rich Matthews and the cameraman to stop recording. When Matthews held up his credentials and explained he was working, the officer grabbed the producer, leaned him backward over a car, jabbed him in the stomach and unleashed a profanity-laced tirade.

    "I've been here for six weeks trying to keep ... alive. ... Go home!" shouted the officer, who later identified himself as S.M. Smith.

    Police said Davis, 64, of New Orleans, was booked on public intoxication, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and public intimidation. He was treated at a hospital and released into police custody.

    "The incidents taped by our cameraman are extremely troubling," said Mike Silverman, AP's managing editor. "We are heartened that the police department is taking them seriously and promising a thorough investigation."

    Davis, who is black, was subdued at the intersection of Conti and Bourbon streets. Three of the officers appeared to be white, and the other is light skinned. The officer who hit Matthews is white. Defillo said race was not an issue.

    Three of the five officers including Smith are New Orleans officers, and two others appeared to be federal officers. Numerous agencies have sent police to help with patrols in the aftermath of Katrina.

    Under normal circumstances, it takes unusually offensive behavior to trigger an arrest on Bourbon Street. But New Orleans police have been working under stressful conditions since the hurricane.

    Officers slept in their cars and worked 24-hour shifts after the storm. Three-quarters lost their homes and their families are scattered across the country.

    "Our police officers are working under some very trying times," Defillo said. "So it's a difficult time, but it doesn't excuse what our jobs are supposed to be."

    Many officers deserted their posts in the days after Katrina, and some were accused of joining in the looting that broke out. At least two committed suicide.

    Conditions have improved officers now have beds on a cruise ship but they don't have private rooms and are still working five, 12-hour days.

    Compass, the police superintendent, resigned Sept. 27. Despite more than 10 years of reform efforts dating to before he took office, police were dogged by allegations of brutality and corruption.

    On Friday, state authorities said they were investigating allegations that New Orleans police broke into a dealership and made off with nearly 200 cars including 41 new Cadillacs as the storm closed in.

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    The NO police have a well-deserved reputation for corruption and general asshole-ness.

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    There's really no excuse for it. I know they have to deal with a lot right now, and in the past have had to deal with thousands of drunk assholes one week out of the year, but beating an elderly man is beyond reprehensible. They chose to work in the city, and therefore are obligated to keep the peace, not add to the violence.

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    Playing Devil's Advocate: I've met some 64+ year olds who deserved an ass-whoopin.'

    But, yeah, the cops shouldn'ta done what they done did.

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    This kind of thing really peeves me off. The guy was homeless and 64, and from the footage I saw on CNN, not even struggling or physically that big. This is unnecessary police brutality.

    I understand they're under a lot of stress and overworked, but that's moreso why it's a waste of citizen tax dollars to have 4 cops gang up on one unarmed homeless guy. Isn't there something else those extra cops could've been doing??

    Haven't we learned anything from the Rodney King beating and the L.A. riots? I'm not even going to go into the race implications of this incident--that's just opening up a whole new can of worms that can't be resolved in our lifetimes.

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