That is, if you run into Austin Police Officer Cpl. Thomas O’Connor. He tasered a motorist he pulled over for going 5 mph over the speed limit on a Thanksgiving day’ 45 seconds after he demanded the motorist’s driver’s license. The officer noted in his statement that he didn’t like the fact that the motorist objected to the officer’s rude and brusque manner:
He said he pulled his Taser “because he was argumentative, and I thought I might have a problem” and that he fired the weapon, which delivers a shock of up to 50,000 volts, when Snelling appeared to “reach his hand up toward me.” He said he was concerned that he could have been hurled into traffic.
Look at the video and see what a liar this officer was. He was rude, abusive and there is nothing in the video suggesting that the motorist was a threat to him. The cop just didn’t like the motorist objecting to the officer’s rudeness.
Fortunately, the new Austin Police Chief disagreed with the fact that internal affairs and the cop’s supervisor cleared the officer and has posted the video on the department website asking if the other officers would like their family members treated this way. Of course they wouldn’t like it–but that doesn’t mean that they will agree with the Chief’s suggestion that this incident should embarrass them. See this website where cops criticize officers who ticket other officers. They expect “professional courtesy” when it comes to their own.
It appears to me that we have lost the right to protest rude, abusive behavior by those who are supposed to “serve and protect” us. Our Founders would be shocked. They didn’t fight the War of Independence in order to have a country where the police can torture people in to immediate compliance. Do you think that for one minute they would countenance a police officer physically abusing a man for arguing about the fairness of receiving a traffic ticket for going 5 miles over the limit as he passed a police car and not showing his license in less than 45 seconds after asked? Do you think that they would agree that we should have to cower before the police like subordinate members of a pack in the presence of the Alpha dog?
This demonstrates a “them against us” mentality on the part of police officers. If they perceive the slightest bit of verbal resistance against their “authority”, they believe that they are entitled to use physical force against us. What is happening in this country?
Here is the statement given by the officer. Apparently, the officer hit Mr. Snelling with the door of the car as the officer was shutting it. The investigator tries to make the officer see that Mr. Snelling’s response to being hit with the door of the car by pushing it away from him was reasonable. Given the verbal wrestling she has to do with the officer, I would say that Mr. Snelling was lucky that he wasn’t charged with assualting the officer.