Fifteen year old Chad Holley was found guilty of burglary and sentenced to 2 1/5 years probation, until he reaches eighteen years. Holley was a first time offender who was charged along with several other accomplices for a crime whose notoriety was not in what he did, but rather what was done to him, and which resulted in the termination of 4 Houston police officers.
Essentially what you see in the tape below is an assault carried out by the police against an unarmed man, who was lying prone, unresistant, in full compliance, and who was the target of police rage. He had no weapon, nor had he assaulted a police officer, his only crime was running from the officers after being a suspect in a burglary. Had such a beating been visited upon anyone else by anyone else it would have resulted in charges against the perpetrators. Luckily the police chief of Houston saw it that way in this case and four officers, are being charged for what you see on the tape. In that respect, kudos to police chief Charles McClelland for ridding his department of four very bad apples. You can read about just how bad they were, here.
What this speaks to however, is a wider problem with American society and that is opposition no matter what form it takes is met with inappropriate force to serve as an example of what happens to people who some consider ‘out of line’. Holley in the video below is purely compliant, assumes a non-aggressive stance, with no report of him being verbally abusive towards police, but that is not good enough. He had to be, in the minds of these officers, humiliated, humbled, terrorized because of his act of defiance….an act that did not merit the physical punishment he had to endure. That has become the way we operate in general in today’s America. If you resist, you must pay for your “crime” in the worse possible way; if physical punishment is not appropriate, then verbal harangue or litigation (as in the recent case of Jimmy Carter, which you can read about here) will be brought to bear with every available means in order to make you feel subjected to the power which you rebelled against. This is the language we speak to one another today, that of wholehearted subjugation. No one does it better than government, and no one is a better enforcer of that than the media and the police.
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