When a flash in the face becomes a felony, then you can kiss your flashlights, cell phones and flash photography equipment goodbye. This citizen was wronged, and the judge/court recognized that. If it had not been for the citizen's foresight and wisdom to have his wife video record the event, that man would have probably done some serious prison time for nothing. I'm pro-LE, but this LEO was clearly over-reacting. The department needs to screen their officers periodically for stress. This LEO is having some issues, I think.There was probably real crime those reporters could have been talking about instead of yet another one making the cops look bad.
Besides, Tony zapped the cop with his flashlight...on purpose. The masked reporter even highlighted it. Yup ole Tony had an @$$ woopin' coming no doubt. You just don't do that to a cop. He did assault the police officer by scorching his retinas and then wants everybody to feel sorry for him. Very stupid man. Unfortunately this so-called news story is a hit piece on the people helping keep ole Tony's neighborhood safe.
@bykfixer I respect you a lot Mike, but I disagree with you on this. Yes, it was an act of disrespect, but it is not equivilant to a physical assault. Unfortunately, too many LEOs react to actions of disrespect, like when catching a suspect after a chase, and beating them excessively out of rage, because they did not respect their signal to stop, and ran from them. Ego can be a terrible thing. Yes, LEOs have the right to expect that their commands are followed, butHad ole Tony accidently flashed the cop yeah I'd agree sol man, but he did it as a passive agressive move. No differrent than "accidently" slapping him as he turned around to walk away. There was intent, malice if you will. The wife with the camera only escalated the situation.
I agree with boosted, the unknown would have been starting at my Kimber
Afghan women could offer some perspective on how those religious laws are working out in real life. In addition to being banned from getting an education, working, and accessing routine hygiene services, they're now also forbidden from visiting at least one national park and I wouldn't be surprised to see that list of off-limit attractions grow. But hey, they're still useful as broodmares, and I get that women's quality of life isn't a priority for everyone.The worse our laws get the better religious laws seem.
You know there is a religion that believes in G-d and respects Christians and Jewish people. They tend to enforce religious laws which as good enough really and actually do things to problematic peoples. Like if you catch a thief and cut off his hand he probably won't reoffend and people are less likely to steal if their are real consequences.
You know, I never made that connection before. Very perceptive!There is cultural/social context to removing that hand (of a thief), Middle Eastern food is traditionally eaten with the hands and often shared in a group setting, traditional/religious practices dictate that only the left hand is used for bathroom hygiene, no one wants to share a meal with someone who uses one hand for all activies and thus are shun by Society.