Attacks and cover-ups are, sadly, nothing new

To remind us that the recent spate of off-duty police beating reports is, unfortunately, nothing new, blogger Tequila Red shares her own story, complete with attempted cover-up, from 2003:

He slapped the phone out of my hand, and when I bent to retrieve it, punched me in the chest, shoved me to the ground and kicked the phone into the street. Without any real plan in mind, I wrapped myself around his leg. The only thought in my head was DO NOT LET HIM GET AWAY WITH THIS. Suddenly people came pouring out of the tapas restaurant. “Let go of him,” they screamed. “He has a gun.”

I scrambled backwards on the sidewalk and the crowd drew back from him, uncertain of what to do next. Suddenly a police car appeared in the traffic on Lincoln. Bystanders yelled and waved their arms to get the cops’ attention. “This man has a gun!” Two female officers got out of the car and ran over.

“It’s okay,” said the man who punched me, as he calmly walked to meet them. “I’m on the job.”

(via Kduck’s Rocketship)

3 Comments so far

  1. Dan Telfer (unregistered) on April 5th, 2007 @ 4:51 pm

    Ugh, what a horrible fucked up story. I’m glad my only bad experiences with Chicago cops are being cut off in traffic and cutting in front of me in fast food lines.

  2. j (unregistered) on April 7th, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

    Cut off in traffic?.. no doubt you were on your cell phone, not paying attention, which is what you are supposed to be doing while driving… oh and in terms of waiting in line.. Ive been in line waiting for food and noticed cops WAITING their turn.. maybe you should make up your mind on what you want BEFORE you get in line… I mean how long does it take to order at MC D’S.. youve only been there a million times.. geez..

  3. Dan Telfer (unregistered) on April 8th, 2007 @ 11:44 pm

    Heehee. I love a classic troll.

    Hey troll, one time a cop stole my lollipop. How is that my fault? Aaaaand go!

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