Thursday, September 22, 2011

"The lowest type of force"

The SF Chron carries an AP report this morning on murder charges brought against Ofcr. Manuel Ramos of Fullerton in deepest Orange County, CA. Ramos is one of two officers who allegedly beat a homeless schizophrenic man, Kelly Thomas, to death. The AP writers, Amy Taxin and Greg Risling, have a suitable sense of irony. Here's how they end the piece:
Ramos' attorney, John Barnett, said the charges were unfounded. Thomas violently resisted arrest by kicking and swinging at officers, he said.

In response to claims that Ramos put on latex gloves and told Thomas he was going to hurt him, Barnett characterized his client's attempt to get compliance as "the lowest type of force."

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