Another one. Thugs in police uniforms in Stockton, Calif. attacked a 16-year-old black kid trying to get the bus to school after he declined to accept their suggestion to walk on the sidewalk not in the bus lane, possibly swore in exasperation and then tried to shield his face when one of them slugged him for his uppityness. Nine goons eventually took him down. The boy sobbed throughout the assault.
The surreal incident was captured on bystander Edgar Avedaño's cell phone as a crowd watched and yelled, including a woman clearly disturbed by what was happening who kept shouting, "Get OFF him, he's a CHILD!" The video shows one idiot cop, still unnamed, grabbing Emilio Mayfield and waving his baton in his face after Mayfield evidently ignored the cop's order to move. When Mayfield tries to push the baton away from his face, the cop loses it. He hauls off and slugs Mayfield, who curls into a ball while the out-of-control moron in the uniform keeps hysterically screaming, "Stop resisting!" After he calls for backup, at least eight more burly cops turn up to manhandle the now-crying kid, pull him to his feet, slam him to the ground, handcuff him and haul him off in the van.
Despite online outrage at the video, police defended their actions as motivated by "safety reasons" and likely within department policy governing kids who are trying to catch the bus to school and cuss out a random power-tripping cop pointlessly hassling them because their face is the wrong color. Said police spokesman Joseph Silva, “If everyone would comply with the lawful orders of police officers, force would never have to be used,” Silva said.
Mayfield was charged with trespassing and resisting arrest, or trying to prevent bullies and psycopaths in uniform from destroying another powerless member of a racial, political and economic underclass. His parents have filed a complaint with police and the NAACP. The good news here: He didn't die. The bad news: This is (still) policing in America.