The Automatic Triggers

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Artist – John Cole

There have been many reports of violence on this Black Friday, but none may be as horrific as this.

Witnesses say police officers tackled a grandfather at an Arizona Wal-Mart Friday, leaving him bloody and unconscious. […]

After one man’s grandson got trampled, he put the video game he was holding in his waistband in order to free up his hands and lift the boy out of the crowd, according to KSAZ.

That’s when cops moved in, slamming the grandfather’s head on the hard Wal-Mart floor. The aftermath was caught on cell phone video.

You can watch the video after the jump. It’s not for the squeamish.

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  • desertflower1

    News sites here are saying that grandpa was shoplifting.Still NO excuse for that excessive violence.

  • holyreality

    That is the cost of using reconciliation to circumvent the filibuster.

    Feckless Dems abandoned a public option, even single payer because a sunset would have been involved.

    Now it is time to pay the piper, but FAUX “news” will figure SOME WAY to blame it all on the Kenyan Socialist who hates Am-urrica.

    • desertflower1

      Holyreality…did you put your post in the right spot? Doesn’t seem to fit with Grandpa getting slammed into the floor…
      About that false memo about the Dems abandoning the public option…they never HAD the votes for that. Please don’t promote the myth, is all.

    • JMAshby

      There weren’t enough votes for a public option. End of story. There was nothing “there” to abandon. Can we stop with this nonsense now?

      • holyreality

        Just pointing out that it COULD have happened through reconciliation, but it would have had a sunset, identifying this strategic thinking is a compliment.

    • villemar

      If your premise is that the comseva-dem Blue Dog DINOs in the senate killed it, then yes, *those* feckless dems abandoned the public option. But that never was the hill I and most of us were willing to die on, unlike the Firebaggers who would rather have nothing instead, thereby allowing a 200% increase in health care costs by 2018. The ACA opens a door that can never be shut, much like the earlies forms of SS & Medicare. Unless of course we cede all 3 branches of gov’t to the GOP permanently, which is the primary objective of both types of Baggers.

      • ranger11

        Wake me up when this public option thing is finally put to bed. This is the very definition of beating a dead horse.

        • Scopedog

          Yep…a very dead and putrefying horse, mind you.

          Seriously, the GOP plans to ass fuck the country (and is doing so)….and yet, we’re STILL dragging up this “Obama and the Dems killed the PO!!” shit?

          • villemar

            They keep repeating it like Rain Man. Quantas. Quantas never crashed. Yeah. Definitely never crashed. Yeah. Uh oh, public option at 5:30. Uh oh.

  • dildenusa

    That happened at a walmart in Buckeye, a town about 30 miles west of Phoenix off Interstate 10. I guess the walmart thought they didn’t have enough rent-a-cops so they brought in some totally classless goons from the local police force. The rent-a-cops would have more class since they would fear being fired and sued.

  • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

    Complete assholes, those cops are. I hope Walmart gets the crap sued out of them!

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  • muselet

    Buckeye police claimed that their actions were justified, and that the cell phone video only showed the aftermath.

    Honestly, you’d think police departments would be tired of trotting out that excuse by now. The campus cops even tried that in Davis, after a video of the entire encounter had been posted online.

    They also said in-store security cameras failed to capture skirmish.

    My goodness, what a convenient … oh, sorry, I mean unfortunate coincidence.

    I’m not anti-police. Cops have an often difficult and occasionally dangerous job. What I am is anti-stupid, and I’ve been seeing a lot of stupid perpetrated by people wearing badges lately, this incident included.

    –alopecia

    • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

      I’m not anti-police. Cops have an often difficult and occasionally dangerous job. What I am is anti-stupid, and I’ve been seeing a lot of stupid perpetrated by people wearing badges lately, this incident included.

      Precisely.

    • Guest

      Police are trained to over react. Then after the dust settles, they have to come up with an excuse as to why they over reacted. Their excuse in this, is the man “flailed his arms about.” However, just because the man put a package in his pants, he is not by law, considered to be shoplifting until he attempts to walk past the cashiers and out the door with the package in his pants, which of course never happened. The stupid Buckeye cops made sure of that. They should not have attempted to arrest him while he was in the interior of the store well away from any exits.

      • muselet

        They should not have attempted to arrest him while he was in the interior of the store well away from any exits.

        They should have tried to avoid arresting him at all.

        The rational thing to do, especially considering how few security people there were per hundred customers, would have been to walk over to the man, tap him on the shoulder and say, “Sir, make sure you pay for the video game you have in your pants.” Or pay attention to why he put the video game in his waistband: to keep his grandson from being trampled by the crazed mob.

        But preventing crime is less important than making arrests (for real cops and store “Loss Prevention” personnel alike).

        Stupid, stupid, stupid.

        –alopecia

  • muselet

    Related, in a meta sort of way.

    –alopecia