Outside, dozens of angry protesters shouted, “No justice, no peace.”, emphasizing the point i was just making in the previous post‘s comments, which is that while the incident itself may or may not be racially motivated, the public will not separate the combatants from the context, and say, this was just a teenage child resisting arrest, and an officer of the law subduing said juvenile. the public sees an act of violence by an extremely large, angry, white cop against a black child perhaps half his size. and the public reacts more viscerally than logically, and this is a fact that needs to be dealt with.
and the question of ‘what happened before the tape’ is really rather moot, isn’t it? we know logically that hitting a cop means the cop will kick your ass. but it’s against the cop’s rules (that’s why he did it on the trunk and not the hood, where the dashboard camera could see). it may be standard practice, but it’s wrong, and he got caught. he should lose his job.