Posted by: zhak39 | August 4, 2009

Another Local Candidate

This is a candidate for city council at large in the town to our west.

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Sure video killed the radio star.  That was just a warm up.  Like the recording from the Gates arrest, people are interpreting this video to strengthen whatever opinion they held before the event.  The comments section of the local on-line paper is instructive.  Some say “police brutality, plain and simple.”  Another claims that this was a set-up for publicity for the candidate’s campaign (I don’t know how they got the police to agree to stage this).  Another says that clearly, the policeman was overwhelmed by this hooligan and had no choice but to regretfully arrest him.

What did you see?  Think about it.  Video is a mirror.


  1. I see a lot of testosterone. I can practically smell it.

    And not just from the female officer who walks backward to do crowd control, and stands, arms crossed, in front of the vehicles.

  2. Yeah, you’re right. I wanted to set this to music but I couldn’t think of something macho and dramatic enough. A classic tango?

    More on this candidate later. I have some meetings this morning but will post in the afternoon.

  3. He wasn’t treated like a king, so the claims of police brutality are unfounded, unless something happened to him after the video was shot.

    I don’t see the police being overwhelmed, unless the guy had incredibly bad breath.

    If he is some kind of leader in the neighborhood, than it would make sense to remove the leader in an effort to neutralize the situation. The streets didn’t let loose, so this seemed to work.

    Also missing is what the altercation was about before the “candidate” was arrested. So there’s more to this story than whats being shown.

    BTW, I’ve lived in a poor urban community, (North Hartford) and have seen too many examples of how the law and the locals operate. In too many cases, it involves respect and how neither side wishes to give it. Until a very little bit of thinking and basic manners are learned, both sides will deserve each other.

  4. “In too many cases, it involves respect and how neither side wishes to give it.”

    You said a mouthful!

  5. On a larger scale, but related, please see articles about the resignation of William J. Bratton, former police big-wig in New York who became police chief in Los Angeles.

    In stating his reasons for leaving, he indicated among other things how difficult it was to get his officers to stop racial profiling and to get past their prejudices.

    This video is a demonstration of what both Zhak and crabby hit upon — the lack of respect. Bratton felt it from the police; I see it here from the citizenry.

    By the way, I’m fine with this clown being a candidate and I believe strongly in the “of the people” ideal. Being a public servant at any level is a thankless job. If these people are willing to step up and do it, I admire them. And who knows? Maybe being elected will provide some humility and newfound respect for other public servants.

    By sitting back and watching, I can certainly take comfort in mocking all of them. But I don’t push forward any meaningful agenda. I’m simply an observer.

  6. Respect is one of those commodities in life that sometimes has to be earned.

    Too often the police push the authority button first, instead of showing basic manners. It’s authoritative, it’s expedient, it’s all about control. It also makes their job tougher than it has to be.

    If a suspect fails to grasp the nuance, at least the arresting officer can say that he asked nicely before slapping on the cuffs.

    I also realize that there are times when an officer needs to abandon these pleasantries and act with all due diligence.

    Jorge and his friends should also learn that ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ is a great deal more effective, when your dealing with someone who is armed and has the ability to make your life miserable.

    Can you imagine what could of happened if the police officer or Jorge had prefaced their requests with a simple “please”. The situation could have been defused. Respect earned, face saved, no arrests.

    …and then I woke up.

  7. I would like to think that civility could be the bridge that would put both parties to these debates on reasonable footing. This includes ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ but also posture and body language. This one video is pretty tame on the surface but there are very volatile feelings–fear, anger, hubris–just beneath.

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