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This pleases me.  

Last Thursday, a Fort Worth police officer (R. Frias) struck a protester (Anthony Momentoff) with a flag, after claiming that the protester had hit him with it.  

Here's the original video of the event:

You can see that Anthony is moving to the right, and probably brushed Frias with the flag.  Another comment was that Anthony was probably moving over to the pile of posters, so he could sit on those and perhaps not have them taken away (for more details, see the original diary here)

At any rate, Anthony Momentoff was released from jail Monday.  Officer R. Frias has been put on review following the incident.

Fort Worth police said Frias has been with the department since March 2006. Police spokesman Sgt. Pedro Criado said the "incident is under review for potential violations of policy and procedure." He added the review would take several days to complete.

The video clearly shows Frias grabbing the flag away and smacking him in the face with it.  This article has some good information, but the black eye that you see in the video was actually from a previous incident, not from the altercation with Frias.

So I give 'good ol' Texas boys' a hard time, but I'm really pleased with the speed of the reaction by the department.  We'll have to wait and see how things develop.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    Considering how often they promote themselves as "rugged individualists," it's pretty amazing how devoted Republicans are to marching in lockstep. - BiPM

    by Jensequitur on Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 05:00:07 AM PST

  •  It's tough (1+ / 0-)
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    Horace Boothroyd III

    I understand the reason that officers exist next to the law (I won't say above the law, though that's how it ends up lots of times) due to the nature of the job.  But, I have to question why this officer isn't arrested.  

    If I showed police officers a video like this and it was my neighbor doing this they would walk over and arrest him.

    I guess maybe I just don't get it (or maybe I do too much?).  If anyone has insight I would love to hear it.

  •  small question but is Frias a "gypsy cop" (0+ / 0-)

    which refers to those officers with troubled employment histories who move from job to job?  I seem to remember TX as having a particular problem in the past with such officers who manage to switch jobs with enough frequency as to keep disciplinary reports out of their files or else leave a dept in front of an investigation

    •  Please do not use that term (1+ / 0-)
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      it is offensive to the Roma.

      Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

      by Horace Boothroyd III on Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 07:32:21 AM PST

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    •  Around the DFW area, (0+ / 0-)

      We have several small towns that tend to generate small-town cops.  Sansom Park had a real problem recently with cops deliberately pulling over known drug dealers, and taking their 'fee' - a $2000 bribe - instead of taking them into custody.  They had a cop on duty that reported the behavior to his supervisor, but it continued.  He had to go to a higher authority to get it resolved.

      It's like anywhere else - the bad cops tend to stay in the small towns, while the better officers can move up the career ladder into the FWPD.  I have no idea where Frias stands.  Since he was hired in 2006, I would say he's still relatively new in the system.  He'll probably find a job somewhere else around here - Azle or Saginaw or Sansom Park, probably.

      Again, it's not like the small towns have only bad cops.  But you're going to find a lot more of the 'good ol Texan boy' in a small town.

      Considering how often they promote themselves as "rugged individualists," it's pretty amazing how devoted Republicans are to marching in lockstep. - BiPM

      by Jensequitur on Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 11:40:21 AM PST

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  •  Ft Worth Police have troubled past (0+ / 0-)

    They raided a bar and assaulted gay patrons.  They constantly assault people out on the streets in downtown at night, while city leaders are trying to revitalize the area.

    I am not surprised the city acted so fast.

    There are so few protesters that if the police ignored them, no one would notice.  This was just another instance of individual officers trying to be jackasses.

    If you want to know the real answer: Just ask a Mom.

    by tacklelady on Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 07:57:57 AM PST

    •  They actually resolved the Rainbow Lounge incident (0+ / 0-)

      Appointed a liason for LGBT affairs, had training for all the officers - but like I said in my other diary, they're still the same guys they were before the training.  

      Considering how often they promote themselves as "rugged individualists," it's pretty amazing how devoted Republicans are to marching in lockstep. - BiPM

      by Jensequitur on Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 11:35:52 AM PST

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