No Charges For St. Paul Cop Recorded Kicking Defenseless Man in Face (InformationLiberation)
Remember the video of the St. Paul, Minneapolis police officer who violently kicked a defenseless man lying on the ground in the face after he had already maced him?
Well, the Olmsted County attorney's office have chosen not to charge the cop with any crimes because the man he was arrested allegedly was a bad man, he stood accused of allegedly "making threats to kill his ex-girlfriend."
According to the county attorney's office, if you stand accused of a crime, that apparently gives police carte blanche authority to kick you in the face.
"The courts have stated that to encourage responsible law enforcement, police officers are afforded a wide degree of discretion precisely because a more stringent standard could inhibit action," the [county attorney's office] statement said. "The law is designed to prevent after-the-fact second guessing about the actions of officers on the streets who may have to make the decision to act quickly."
Translation: Our costumes give us the power to break any law we want.
St. Paul Police Federation President Dave Titus said the decision [not to pursue charges] shows that officers acted in "good faith and according to their training."