This has been plastered all over the place. I wasn’t going to tackle it all, because abuse of any kind makes me lose my cool. But then two things happened yesterday. The first was that I caught up over at Shapely Prose and found Kate Harding’s very eloquent rant on a particular aspect of this case. She highlights multiple examples of people excusing Chris Brown and standing by him because they don’t know both sides of the story.
Pardon me. I guess when person A and person B are in some kind of altercation and only one of them is left with physical injuries and hospitalization, I tend to think that’s ALL we really need to know.
Not only did that sicken me all afternoon, the second thing happened: I saw an equally disturbing story on the news about “alleged” use of excessive force by a Seattle police officer.
Court records say Schene kicked the teen in the upper thigh area, then pushed her into the back wall before taking her down on the floor and putting her in a handcuffing position. Once on the floor, Schene grabbed the teen’s hair and yanked her head and neck upward, the document said.
With the help of the other deputy, Schene then handcuffed the teen, the document said. While doing so, Schene appeared to strike the teen twice overhead, investigators noted. However, due to the angle of the camera, they could not determine whether the deputy had actually hit the teen.
Watch the fucking video provided and try to tell me the angle of the camera makes it difficult to determine what happened there. If you can’t see it, I’ll tell you. The officer escorted a fifteen-year-old child to a holding cell. Words were exchanged. She kicked her shoe at him. He responded by violently kicking her in the thigh, grabbing her by the hair and tossing her first into a wall and then onto the floor, where he knelt on her and punched her in the head twice. He and another brave officer finally subdued the fifteen-year-old child (who was not fighting back) and saved the day.
The police attorney:
We had argued strenuously that the video tape released to the media this morning not be released because it does not tell the whole story of the incident. As we argued to the judge, it will inflame public opinion and will severely impact the deputy’s right to a fair trial.
Again, like the Rihanna/Chris Brown case, I’m left just furious about this attitude. Are there two sides to any given story? Sure. But the way this is all going down makes it difficult not to infer that all of these people are implying the victims (who happen to be female – this would be just as much an outrage in any gender) are somehow at fault for what happened to them. That because the perpetrators are “good guys,” clearly the women involved provoked the attacks upon them and probably deserved what they got.
It would take a lot of convincing for me to believe anything Rihanna said or did means it is A-Okay for her boyfriend to beat the crap out of her and walk away without a scratch.
It would take a lot of convincing for me to believe a child flicking a shoe at a grown man is justification for the excessive force used against her.