Whatever happened to the cop on the beat that has the welfare of misguided youth in mind?
The cop who sees potential for good in kids despite appearances?
The cop who understands that they are a role model and can move the needle of suspicion that is inbred in these kids who are growing up in deprivation that we can’t imagine?
El Paso Police Officer Jose Rios is not that cop.
He is a big man with a gun and a billy club surrounded by several small kids who are calling him names him so he pulls out his firearm and aims it squarely at a young teenager, shouting “back up m@therf@cker!”
He manhandles and drags a handcuffed 15-year old across the pavement and only further incites chaos.
He continues to threaten by telling the arrested boy’s mother “I know where you live.”
He wrongfully arrests another of her sons for exercising his right to film the situation, claiming that the young man was interfering with his duties.
I’m not excusing the anger and hostility these children and their parents are capable of exhibiting but until we live on the mean streets they do and experience the kind of daily hopelessness and lack of decent opportunity that defines their lives, it’s best we not judge them as deserving to have a policeman’s pistol pointed in their faces.
A highly trained police officer reacting in this manner over a reported call of kids hanging out in an abandoned apartment building…pointing a loaded revolver at them and directly threatening their lives…that is unacceptable at any level.
Let’s see where the facts lead, but for now, the video says it all.
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