WHOA! In Florida, Non-Submission to a Police Beating is “Attempted Murder”Submitted by emalvini on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:50
WHOA!! In Florida, Non-Submission to a Police Beating is “Attempted Murder”
William Norman Grigg
4:57 pm on July 2, 2014
Every day, somewhere in this supposedly free county, some version of this script is played out: A police officer spies an individual committing a harmless but “illegal” act, aggressively pursues the subject, inflicts physical violence on the victim, then escalates that violence to lethal or nearly lethal levels when the victim doesn’t immediately submit to the state-licensed aggression.
We could refer to this as the “From Malum Prohibitum to Murder” model of police escalation. Citizens who aren’t killed in such encounters can expect to be punished for the impudence they display by surviving. Police officers responsible for the actual crimes of violence will not face prosecution, owing to the evil doctrine of “qualified immunity.” A recent episode in Florida resulted in several charges – including attempted murder – against a man whose only apparent “offense” was to refuse to submit to a beating by a police officer.