Originally posted for the Philadelphia Libertarian Examiner found here.
This past week, I was shocked to see so many articles and news stories about police brutality in Philadelphia. (Note: I was not shocked because it is happening, but shocked that it is finally being made public!)
In this week’s Citypaper, author Andrew Thompson writes about an incident that happened in Old City around Halloween in his article called “Who Polices the Police? They Do. That’s the Problem.” Michael Foley, an extremely intoxicated 25 year old who was being nothing more than a public nuisance (yelling, being loud, etc) was punched in the face, thrown to the ground, and hit with a baton several times, thrown into a newspaper stand, then thrown into a garbage can, all while screaming for help to the onlookers. But whom do you call for help when something like this happens? This article makes that point evident, and it also explains why police often get away with misconduct.