Maybe there’s a legitimate law enforcement reason to strip a man naked, strap him to a chair, tie a “spit hood” around his mouth, put a hood over his head (see video at the link), and douse him with pepper spray until he dies. That’s what sheriff’s deputies in Lee County, Florida did to 62-year-old Nick Christie two-and-a-half years ago.The cop's crime is obvious. But the more insidious crime is the State Attorney who looked but could find no "crime" in this brutal case.
I certainly can’t think of any such legitimate reason. But Lee County State’s Attorney Stephen Russell apparently can. Because he cleared the deputies involved of any wrongdoing.
Christie’s family just filed a lawsuit.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Excusing Rogue Cops
Here is a nice post on The Agitator blog citing a new low in police "professionalism" in the US: