A woman who witnessed this arrest was adamant that Thomas was 'hugging the road next to the construction site.' The sidewalk was under construction, and was roped off to pedestrians.
Who do you believe here? The 'Man' (Lt. Olson) said he was 'in the middle of the street.' The witness as well as the defendant said otherwise. In our criminal justice system, we almost always believe the word of the arresting officer, and in this case, that would be the testimony of Lt. Tim Olson.
And yet we have the protests of the defendant, Mr. Thomas and an unrelated witness giving statements as well as the above video that contradict the lieutenant's sworn testimony (as was written up in his police report). The obvious truth to the matter was that this guy was simply walking around a construction site. That's it. And he got arrested for it, for whatever stupid motivation this crappy cop thought he could get away with.
The media of course is playing this up as a race related incident. The walking guy was black, the arresting officer was white. I don't see this as the issue at all.
I see it as more evidence to bolster my assertion that our country is overrun with really bad cops. Cops who know that the legal system will take their word, and whatever they say, as gospel, and accordingly abuse this knowledge to brutalize the population whom they have sworn to protect and serve.
This has been the way of cops for a very, VERY long time. They know that they will be believed in a court of law 100% of the time, and no matter what the circumstances, the defendant will suffer whatever fate the legal system bestows upon them based solely on the word of the arresting officer. And these officers across the fruited plains are lying like dogs constantly.
Technology, however, is now catching up with these bad cops. Nearly every citizen has at his/her disposal a video camera that can capture the truth as it plays out in real time. Bad cop after bad cop are getting caught lying, planting evidence, stealing, hurting and killing people and then falsely presenting their side of things as just keeping the community safe, or in this case just 'following protocol.'
When in reality they are brutalizing their public. This scumbag police lieutenant in Edina, Minnesota should be cashiered out of the force, his pension forfeited and maybe even prosecuted for false arrest and imprisonment. This would send a message to the cruddy cops nationwide that their behavior is on display, and that they better clean up their act. I don't believe for a second that this guy is the small minority of misbehaving officers, as always put forward by the police and media that just less than 1% of cops that are bad. The percentage is WAY higher than that, subject of course to debate as to the actual percentage.
My guess would be 50% or more. Less than 1% is laughable. Every community has bad cops that do just what Lt. Olson did, virtually every day. Our country is lousy with bad cops, and we shouldn't put up with it anymore.