In a vulgar display of power, Austin Police Chief, Art Acevedo, responded to last week's arrest of a jogger by telling people that we should be glad she wasn’t sexually assaulted as well!
“This person absolutely took something that was as simple as ‘Austin Police – Stop!’ and decided to do everything you see on that video,” Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a press conference Friday, according to Austin NPR station 90.5 KUT. “And quite frankly she wasn’t charged with resisting. She’s lucky I wasn’t the arresting officer, because I wouldn’t have been as generous. … In other cities there’s cops who are actually committing sexual assaults on duty, so I thank God that this is what passes for a controversy in Austin, Texas,” Acevedo said.
This sociopathic mentality is particularly threatening to a free society.
Since when do police think they can get away with telling the public that we should be grateful that all that happened to this woman was that she was kidnapped and thrown in the back of a squad car for jogging? "I wouldn’t have been as generous." I would have molested her too!
Saturday evening, Acevedo issued an apology for his earlier comments, calling it the result of an emotional week. But only because of immediate backlash.
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“During the press conference I attempted to place the arrest into context by bringing attention to the fact that law enforcement deals with many acts of serious misconduct,” Acevedo wrote. “This includes recent instances in the news of sexual assault by police officers in other cities. In hindsight I believe the comparison was a poor analogy, and for this I apologize. I stand committed to transparent leadership and will continue to engage the community we serve in an open, honest, and timely manner.”
This reinforces the point of how relentless we must be in holding these cops accountable for their actions.
Our methods must be radical and they must be peaceful.
Trying to incite change from within the corrupt system will prove only to delay progress and violence will only beget more violence. Self-defense, however, is always just.
A good start to this radical change would be to build a new system, thereby illustrating how obsolete the old one is.
How many more innocent people will be kidnapped, locked in a cage, or murdered before we realize that a monopoly on the use of violence to enforce arbitrary laws only makes us less free and more violent?