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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Charles Eimers, a retired 61-year-old autoworker, died in police custody after being arrested outside a Pizza Hut in Key West, Florida, last Thanksgiving. "He was murdered by those officers," his son Treavor Eimers told CBS News. Video recorded by a passer-by shows the man emerging from his car on his own and then surrendering by laying face-down on the beach. A group of more than a dozen officers surround the prostrate man and form a wall around him. He died from lack of oxygen to the brain, according to hospital records.

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VIDEO NG!

#1 | Posted by 88120rob at 2014-05-22 11:50 AM | Reply | Flag:

I think a meta-story here is that most of us (I think) expect the cops to not face appropriate justice even if they were guilty of covering up excessive force.

Is this a new level of cynicism in our country, or has it usually been this way?

#2 | Posted by DoofusOfDeath at 2014-05-22 12:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

#2 | Posted by DoofusOfDeath

I'm wondering if it's getting worse over the years. I've never been a victim, but in my youth, there were several occasions where I was challenged by an officer to circumvent his authority. I never did anything so stupid. They most certainly overstep their boundaries of authority and trod on personal rights constantly. I've seen it up close in New Orleans during Mardi Gras in the 80's. Don't know if it changed for the worse or if it's spreading around the country.

I've heard of abuse from family and friends at that time, but now we have cell phone cameras and the Internet. Is this hope that the level of police abuse will go down?

#3 | Posted by LastAmerican at 2014-05-22 12:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

Reminds me of Greenwich, Ct. Someone gets cited for J Walking and 6
police cars pull up.

#4 | Posted by tiger150 at 2014-05-22 12:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

Is this hope that the level of police abuse will go down?

Prosecutorial discretion is a nasty tool in the hands of compromized DA's.

#5 | Posted by DoofusOfDeath at 2014-05-22 12:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

People that are shocked by this are laboring under the propaganda put fourth by Dragnet and Adam 12. Jack Webb's "To Protect and Serve" B.S. never existed.

#6 | Posted by Species8472 at 2014-05-22 12:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

13 officers on the scene of a fatal incident where the official story has been proven untrue and not one will come out and tell the truth? Sad part is that is not surprising at all.

Police continually demonstrate that they lack the integrity to police their fellow officers. This family will never get true justice and their only hope for some small sliver of justice lies with the civil courts. Hit the town in the wallet hard and maybe voters and/or the top officials will take notice and act against the corrupt cops.

#7 | Posted by Sully at 2014-05-22 12:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

Cops used to regularly risk their lives for citizens. Now they regularly kill citizens always claiming that the citizens or their pets were a threat.

Every state needs to have a temporary but standing citizen's grand jury to hear evidence in all these abuse cases and call the shots on the incident as crime or justified. The DAs are too close to the police department to make unbiased calls. Furthermore the cops need to retain a lifelong DOJ dossier and record of every involvement in citizen complaints. It must follow them throughout their career in law enforcement.

#8 | Posted by Robson at 2014-05-22 12:56 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

the eyewitness video shot with a cell phone clearly shows Charles Eimers walking by himself and calmly surrendering to armed police officers.

Then....

Monroe County Medical Examiner E. Hunt Scheuerman eventually autopsied Eimers' body, concluding in his preliminary report released to Miami Herald last month that the 61-year-old Michigan transplant suffered 10 broken ribs and bruises on both his wrists from the handcuffs.

It's good to remember that once you're in the presence of a police officer, you're in their world and they can choose to take your life. The more police there are around you, the more likely you are to be beat to death.

#9 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-05-22 01:00 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Citizens on the bottom rungs have always been subject to mistreatment and consequently mistrust John Law. What is new is that many middle class Americans have realized that they occupy the bottom rung in the eyes of the powers that be. I assure you that there are two systems of justice in this country. Always obey the nice Policeman unless you want your head split open.

#10 | Posted by visitor_ at 2014-05-22 01:02 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

People that are shocked by this are laboring under the propaganda put fourth by Dragnet and Adam 12. Jack Webb's "To Protect and Serve" B.S. never existed.
#6 | Posted by Species8472 at 2014-05-22 12:30 PM

Absolutely. Total BS programming. Police are tools for socially engineering the -------- that we experience today.

Jack Webb "Alcohol VS. Marijuana & LSD"

LSD is the "bomb"?! "Sell that jazz to another pothead .. I'm the expert here!" An excellent example of authority gone wild.

#11 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-05-22 01:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

#2 | Posted by DoofusOfDeath

No it has always been there. It is just the advent of video cameras everywhere it is coming out more. Police used to beat confession out of people they arrested.

#10 | Posted by visitor_

I have to disagree. Certainly the more poverty stricken you are the more likely you are to suffer at the hands of authority. You don't have money to defend yourself so you are more vulnerable. The problem is that the middle class for example has also suffered but without instant video cameras people assumed "they deserved it". I have discussed here before how a family friend's son died on the side of the road after a traffic accident due to at the very least police neglect. That was many years ago now.

With the war on drugs and the rise of gangs that came with Reagan in the 80s, a lot of things did get worse and I think the poor treatment of people in general by the police was one of them.

#12 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-05-22 01:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

Hollywood jams even more of this outrageous stuff down our throats via the propaganda machine of cable TV and movies, showing cops and G-men driving around in 100K GMC or Suburbans and flying in private jets, as though they have become the ruling class, and where society needs to stay in its place as the serfs (and thus you must turn in your firearms).

#14 | Posted by Robson at 2014-05-22 02:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

it's a Common Thing in America these Days!

I just think the availability of cameras to catch these psychos in action is just exposing what has always been happening but covered up by the police.

#15 | Posted by 726 at 2014-05-22 02:21 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Protect and Serve still exists! Protect (their Jobs) and serve (Lots of false tickets! and pain)

#16 | Posted by parjosg2 at 2014-05-22 02:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

It's nice to see the cops spreading their unprofessionalism around.

#17 | Posted by fresno500 at 2014-05-22 03:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. If you believe local cops are callus and arrogant, spend some time with federal law enforcement officers,(LEOs). Good news is there is one individual who is responsible for all LEOs in his jurisdiction, the county sheriff is the one who is responsible to police the police in his county. He is also the only elected LEO in most jurisdictions.

#18 | Posted by docnjo at 2014-05-22 03:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Cops used to regularly risk their lives for citizens. Now they regularly kill citizens always claiming that the citizens or their pets were a threat."

Yep. Part of it is training/cultural. It used to be that cops knew it is a job that couldn't be done right without occasionally taking risks. Now they are taught to take extreme measures to mitigate even the slightest risk. Today a cop will kill you if he thinks there is a 5% chance that you may do him bodily harm and his departmet will back him afterwards. That used to be considered a cowardly way to go about things.

Another problem is that the job attracts low quality people who are seeking power and alot of them get hired. Instead of testing candidates to make sure they aren't too smart, they should be giving personality tests to weed out the power hungry, the cowardly and the sadisitic

#19 | Posted by Sully at 2014-05-22 04:51 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Where's Boaz to politely remind us that if black people don't want to get asphyxiated by the police they should stop doing crimes?

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-05-22 05:28 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

I owned a vacation home-rental property, in Key West, I am surprised that they had 13 cops on duty on the same shift, since it is such a small and quiet town, the cops I met seemed to be easy going, polite and friendlier than most big city cops, nothing like the uneducated idiots that Joe Arpaio hires-trains here in Maricopa County

#21 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-05-22 08:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

Welcome to the police state

#22 | Posted by danv at 2014-05-22 10:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I've seen it up close in New Orleans during Mardi Gras in the 80's."

I saw it up close in New Orleans during Mardi Gras in the late 90s and early 00s. If it has changed, it's likely the only good thing to come from Hurricane Katrina.

#23 | Posted by DCTexan at 2014-05-22 10:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

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