September 09, 2013
Our Boys in Blue

First take a look at the video below, full-screen if you can. Have you seen it before? Probably not. And yet there was a time, some 20 years ago, when a similar video, of the beating of Rodney King, transfixed the entire nation. The only substantial difference between the King tape and the one below is that the Los Angeles police didn’t have Tasers. They had to torture their captive the old-fashioned way, with clubs and fists and boots. Those were primitive days…

It used to be that to torture a prisoner with electricity was a cumbersome process, requiring an electrical connection or a generator. Building on the principle of the cattle prod, however, science soon brought us the miracle of the portable taser, so that today any torturer in blue can deal out agonizing pain or death whenever and wherever the occasion presents itself. (“Death,” you say? Isn’t that going a little far? Not at all. Just this summer, just in Connecticut, police have Tasered two men to death. That brings our total to 13 since 2005.)

Here’s what happened to the Long Beach victim in the video, a 46-year-old man named Porfirio Santos-Lopez:

He underwent surgery at Long Beach Memorial Hospital for injuries sustained in the confrontation. “They broke two bones in his right arm. They collapsed his lung on the left side. He has two cuts on his right leg, a cut on his left, a cut on his head,” Santos-Lopez’ wife, Lee Ann Hernandez, said.

None of the officers involved in the incident have been placed on leave. No charges have been filed against Santos-Lopez.

Another difference between the torture of King and the torture of Lopez is the presence of a crowd in the latter case. The Long Beach police knew they were on camera. Cell phones were everywhere. People were shouting at the cowards to stop their torture. The cowards were indifferent. They knew, this being America, that they would never be punished. We just love our boys in blue all to pieces, as long as they confine their torture to the torturable classes. You’re never going to see John Yoo or Bernie Madoff on the ground, jerking and screaming.


Posted by Jerome Doolittle at September 09, 2013 04:38 PM
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I pretty much despise all these people and stay as far away as can be. How leg bones weren't broken I don't know. The pain just from those blows on the legs. You dirty bastards you.

You encounter a person with the license to kill you might think you have rights but you do not - none!

Posted by: One Fly on September 9, 2013 5:56 PM

No prosecutions. All still on duty. Our country is dying. Maybe it is already dead. It has no future as long as we tolerate vicious, hate filled, spiteful and extremely violent people that are supposed to be servants to the public.

I don't know what this victim did, but the worst criminals are in uniform. The worst criminals wear uniforms. We need to find a deserted island to send them away so they can never be a part of our so called society again.

The worst and most horrible fact is that tens of thousands more of them exist.

Posted by: soundsjustright on September 9, 2013 7:03 PM

Look on the bright side: At least they didn't ask for a raise. If they had, the denunciations would be swift and unequivocal.

Posted by: Kurt Weldon on September 11, 2013 12:47 PM
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