By Amy Alkon
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from Advice Goddess Blog.
Police Brutality: A Good Samaritan Gets Stomped On And Thrown In Jail
There’s a chilling and compelling long read on Medium about a San Francisco man who saw victims of a biking accident, tried to help them by calling 911, and became a victim of police brutality and was thrown in jail. Here’s a small excerpt from Peretz Partensky’s piece, “Good Samaritan Backfire or How I Ended Up In Solitary After Calling 911 for Help”:
After 12 hours in jail, more than 6 of them in solitary confinement, the process of checking out was unremarkable. I signed a few papers. Retrieved my backpack. Confirmed the contents – laptop, wallet, phone, books and keys.
“The charges will be dropped if you show up on Tuesday. If you don’t show up, there will be a warrant for your arrest,” I was casually informed.
“Deputy, should I have been here in the first place?”
It was almost too good to hear. “Then why did I end up here?”
“You have to consider the source.” This phrase I remember verbatim.
“How do you mean?”
“I mean, there are a lot of young cops on the street, trying to make a name for themselves.”
He did the important thing in the end — file a complaint. (I interviewed a number of cops for my upcoming book and she says it is very important to do when you experience any sort of misconduct.)
So far, he’s had no redress, but I’m hoping he will find some in the Court of Public Opinion — and have it lead to some disciplinary action (ideally firing) against these officers:
I painstakingly retrieved all possible documentation, including: the police report, transcript of radio chatter, audio of my 911 call, security footage from Radius restaurant (handed to me freely by the owner), Rebecca’s and Josh’s feedback, and collected photos from the incident and my injuries.
I presented all of this to the SF Office of Citizen Complaints. The filing party is not allowed to know the outcome due to the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights (POBAR) but may be notified if an internal investigation is initiated. Many months have passed since my complaint, and I have no sense of progress.
At this point, I’m left no choice but to present this case to the investigative court of public opinion, be it brave or foolish.
In the hope that it might help some other idealistic, nerdy people from following me down that rabbit hole, I conclude with several public …read more