Picketers protest teen's treatment by cop

Full story: WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

People upset about the treatment of a 16-year-old boy by a police officer protested in downtown Kalamazoo Friday morning.
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181 - 200 of 239 Comments Last updated Jul 14, 2008

“...all but 6...UNLESS”

Since: Mar 08

The Merry Ol Land Of Oz

#201 Jun 20, 2008
Bonita Zielke wrote:
I feel the officer that assaulted the boy should be terminated. They take an oath to uphold the law, and that means at all times! Cops think they can bend the rules for their own behaviors, but the rules are for everyone to follow.
Well, when you are escorting an individual attempting to resist arrest as the young man was, and you have a gun in your holster...guess what, the kid's teeth were knocked out on accident...he'll be ok...Who should Really be Fired, is everyone in the damm Court System that have let this kid fall through the cracks
naomi

Grandville, MI

#202 Jun 20, 2008
No matter what this young man did the officer had no right to do what he did to this kid.The police job is to protect
and serve the citizens,not to exercise force upon them at
will.

This kid did'nt pose any harm to this officer.I think that
the officer should learn how to control his emotions when
dealing with our youth.
HeadHunter6

Spring Lake, MI

#203 Jun 20, 2008
Continuem Force Level. Research it. The officer used open hand control, no different than what the criminal did. You can't call five seconds of reaction abusive behavior. Too bad the criminal lost his teeth, agreed. Wasn't the intent of the officer. Police place people against the wall and ground everyday for control, the odds are once in awhile some damage will occur.

I suspect the citys attorney and human resources advised the police deaprtments grounds don't exist for termination.

I can't stomach calling this criminal a kid, especially with his criminal record. Unfortunate situation all around.

HH6
Mark

Whitehall, MI

#204 Jun 20, 2008
Nothing wrong with cracking alittle skull now an then. Regardless, we are only seeing one side of this on a screen. Not a person in all these postings can say what they would do under the same circumstances. The only thing that cop is guilty of is being dumb enough to have a camera on him.
ima parent

Coldwater, MI

#205 Jun 20, 2008
Where have all the concerned picketers been throughout this kids life? They don't give a crap about him.
Clueless

East Berlin, CT

#206 Jun 20, 2008
Assault, arson, home invasion--why is this creep walking the streets? These people should be picketing to put him away.
Clueless

East Berlin, CT

#207 Jun 20, 2008
naomi wrote:
No matter what this young man did the officer had no right to do what he did to this kid.The police job is to protect
and serve the citizens,not to exercise force upon them at
will.
This kid did'nt pose any harm to this officer.I think that
the officer should learn how to control his emotions when
dealing with our youth.
If this kid is an example of our "youth", we are all in big trouble. If you had to deal with the number of incorrigible people cops do, I'd like to see how well you control your emotions.
ima parent

Coldwater, MI

#208 Jun 20, 2008
rval2 wrote:
I AM FOAMING AT THE MOUTH AND FIRE IS SHOOTING FROM EVERY F-ING ORIFICE OF MY BODY
Whoa! Too much information!
HeadHunter6

Spring Lake, MI

#209 Jun 20, 2008
An earlier poster made a clear, concise observation. To sum it up, why arn't these protesters addressing the high levels of black on black violence and homicide. Funny on the small group showing up.

HH6

“OBAMA 2008”

Since: Feb 08

gr

#210 Jun 20, 2008
Seriously wrote:
DID YOU PEOPLE SEE THE VIDEO!!!
The TEEN resisted....MOMENTUM put him into the wall, NOT the officer. Sue GRAVITY.
The kid has been in trouble before! I hope any lawsuits get thrown out of court. They've wasted enough of our tax dollars arresting this kid OVER and OVER again.
Hello the officer arrested him for spitting on the pavement... i would say that he is wasting our tax dollars by arresting for something so stupid! and 3 freaking teeth...a little to much forcw when already in handcuffs dont cha think...but no I guess ya dont't.

“OBAMA 2008”

Since: Feb 08

gr

#211 Jun 20, 2008
I see all the racist came out of the woodworks to privatly post their hate hiding behind their PC. All those whinning about the people protesting are doing the same thin here....I am white and am embarrassed by so many on here!
Joe Bondi

United States

#212 Jun 20, 2008
What happened to the video of what took place before this incident. I am sure the kid was a perfect gentleman, with only 16 prior arrests.

But it is sad he has no parenting and probably no role models. To the protesters I say, "Put down your picket signs and become a Big Brother!!"
Chip

Grand Blanc, MI

#213 Jun 20, 2008
joyea wrote:
I see all the racist came out of the woodworks to privatly post their hate hiding behind their PC. All those whinning about the people protesting are doing the same thin here....I am white and am embarrassed by so many on here!
What a suprise an Obama supporter thinks it is OK to run from the cops and break the law on a regular basis. Just like Obama and his terrorist friends.
3 blind mice

Grand Rapids, MI

#214 Jun 21, 2008
its great the little wonder can commit over 20 different crimes and not even be found "competent" to be punished for ANYTHING. yet still be "competent enough" to walk right on out of court and commit a few more crimes.

i wonder when he will kill someone, and whos fault that will be.

oh well, with his free lawsuit money at least he have "community support" for awhile.

the whole thing is a joke.
the funny punch line being how many people dont actually get or see the joke.

Since: Nov 07

Muskegon, MI

#215 Jun 21, 2008
I am so sick of hearing this crap!!!! Blacks always wanting special treatment, cause "its all about a racial thang". The frickin BOY resisted arrest people, as do most of the blacks do. They really think they are special, and can do anything they want, and then cry racial!.

Since: Nov 07

Muskegon, MI

#218 Jun 21, 2008
Check the Facts wrote:
* Most victims of race crime - about 90 per cent - are white, according to the survey "Highlights from 20 Years of Surveying Crime Victims", published in 1993.
* Almost 1 million white Americans were murdered, robbed, assaulted or raped by black Americans in 1992, compared with about 132,000 blacks who were murdered, robbed, assaulted or raped by whites, according to the same survey.
* Blacks thus committed 7.5 times more violent inter-racial

crimes than whites even though the black population is only one-seventh the size of the white population. When these figures are adjusted on a per capita basis, they reveal an extraordinary disparity: blacks are committing more than 50 times the number of violent racial crimes of whites.
* According to the latest annual report on murder by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, most inter-racial murders involve black assailants and white victims, with blacks murdering whites at 18 times the rate that whites murder blacks.
Blacks "were 7 times more likely than whites to commit homicide in 1998".
<" http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/homicide/race.ht... ;
Blacks are four times more likely than Whites to kill their children...
<" http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/homicide/kidsrat... ;
28% of black males go to jail, vs. 4.4% of White males
<" http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/crimoff.htm> ;
68.7% of blacks are born out of wedlock!
<" http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/pdf/nvsr50_05... ;
62% of ALL black births are paid for by the US government.
<" http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/datawh/statab/pubd/23... ;
Blacks are responsible for 40.8% of all domestic violence cases, despite being only 13% of the population.
See page 34: <" http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/vi.pdf&g... ;
Though only 13% of the population, blacks take 38.3% of the total of all welfare payments. Whites are 72% of the population, and take 30.5% of the total:
http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/leavers99/race.htm#fi... <" http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/leavers99/race.htm> ;
Though only 13% of the population, blacks take 38% of taxpayer-subsidized housing:
<" http://www.huduser.org/datasets/assthsg/state... ;
Thank You!. Although I am not all that great on retrieving data such as this, I tend to look at things in the general, and the whole picture. I try not to get caught up in the realm of emotional feelings, and allow to be sucked into that game. But enough is enough. Here again on this thread, we have people once again, a ethinic group who fails to see why they cannot be part of a civilized society.
Lets take a look at just a few lacking quailifications:
They have no respect for themself, let alone there fellow kind.
No respect for authority
No Morals
Cannot think outside of the box
Will not work together as a team, for the good of one another
Resistant to change for the betterment of life
Will not make an effort to set goals in life for successful individual acheivement in life
Refuse to adapt to surrounding society enviroments
Will not allow themselves to change mind frames and attitudes for getting along with other ethenic groups.
Ok, enough sid for now. You get the picture.

I probably could have saved time and space, by just simply saying, "Its ALL About ME!!!"

Yes, there are lots of spelling mistakes. Sorry, at least I give it a try.

Since: Nov 07

Muskegon, MI

#219 Jun 21, 2008
As a remorseful follow-up comment, if I have offended people as a whole, again looking at the picture as a whole as I stated previously, it is NOT my intent to "SLAM" any ethinic group, thus creating division. I try hard to understand everyone's life styles, personal choices, etc., and find a mutual solution to accept there choices, and weave my choices into theres to a nuetual alignment of life together. I have many friends of different ethinic groups, and relate to them in a calm peaceful many, and enjoy the association with them. I do not see myself as being better than anyone else, but see the whole picture of general life as most everyone trying to gett along with one another, and being pro-active in there individual lifes. Its flustrating to me why we ALL cain't just get along.I continue to daily, like many others in the cycle of life fight off the desire of allowing myself to fall to the level of life of being hateful to my fellow human being. Having a oppurtunity to share/express comments, facts, etc., on these forums sometimes can be destrutive, sometimes un-intentionally. Sometimes I think people need a venue to let off steam as it may be, and these forums are the avenue they may only have to do that. It can be good, and it can be bad. But having the freedom to speak/share is what it is about. Your comments are welcomed.
kalamazoo mom

Byron Center, MI

#220 Jun 21, 2008
take responsibility for your actions and your children, teach your children to respect others.
Mark

Whitehall, MI

#221 Jun 21, 2008
Now when the kid is on the stand in court, they can ask him if he is lieing through his tooth.
concerned citizen

Byron Center, MI

#222 Jun 21, 2008
I feel bad for the decent black people that are trying to make a difference in their community. Only YOU can influence the others to get rid of the thug, crap rap music that has invaded your society, encourage your youth to stop wearing their pants down to their knees, speak proper English, STOP having sex and babies at age 15 and expecting the government to support you. The white community has these problems too, but not to the same extent. EVERYONE needs to turn back to God.

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