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With Police Beating Posted to YouTube, Chicago Seeks a Settlement

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Chicago officials are opening their checkbooks in an effort to get rid of a controversy over a brutal police beating of two brothers. Why? Because the whole thing was caught on video and posted to YouTube for the world to see. That makes the situation impossible to ignore and very difficult to explain away. As we worry, rightly, over the growing surveillance state, it's worth remembering that cameras work both ways — observing the public, but also the state's enforcers.

From NBC Chicago:

City officials are attempting to settle the case of a store clerk beaten on tape by Chicago Police officers in 2011.

A city finance committee recommended a $156,000 settlement in the civil case brought by two brothers alleging pain and suffering. The recommendation will be voted on by the full City Council on Wednesday.

Michael Ayala, who was 23 at the time, was closing up 7911 Food and Liquor Store in the 4800 block of South Archer when he was beaten by officers. The surveillance video was later posted on Youtube.com.

Ayala said he was punched in the ribs and kicked by the officers to the point of blacking out.

Ayala says he was closing the store early while his 18-year-old brother waited outside on his bike. He noticed officers handcuffing his younger brother on the hood of a car, and when he went outside to clear up the matter, police let the teen go. But after Ayala yelled that he had videotape of the incident, he says a ssergeant "flipped" and put his head into a side window.

A 2011 news report makes it clear that the beating of the older brother was initiated after he intervened on behalf of his brother and told a police officer, "I got you on camera, and I'm not going to let this go." In response, a police sergeant slammed his head against a store window so hard that it "was left cracked in a spider web pattern."

Note that the police officers in the video, posted below, knew they were being recorded. This is how they behave when they're aware that cameras are pointed at them. Then again, none of them appear to have been disciplined after an Independent Police Review Authority investigatiion.

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  1. Note that the police officers in the video, posted below, knew they were being recorded. This is how they behave when they’re aware that cameras are pointed at them. Then again, none of them appear to have been disciplined after an Independent Police Review Authority investigatiion.

    No consequences, no change.

    1. Apparently they knew they had no reason to worry about being filmed kicking the shit out of someone.

      1. Just the dumb ol’ Chicago taxpayers shelling out again – the Boys in Blue suffer nary a dime of loss.

        1. Why are they called ‘Boys in Blue’ when they wear black uniforms?

          1. Know who else wore black uniforms?

            1. The New Zealand national rugby team?

              1. + 1 haka

            2. 90% of women in DC?

              (feeling sartorially bitchy today)

              1. Sheesh Why don’t you just call them tax-funded trollops while you’re at it?… Or is that everyone up there?

                1. Sheesh Why don’t you just call them tax-funded trollops while you’re at it?… Or is that everyone up there?

                  No, that’s all of us. But some of us at least like to inject a little color and style into our wardrobes.

                  1. Well the black may indicate successful soul suction.

            3. The kids from the Cobra Gym?

            4. The guy with the pointy nose from Spy vs. Spy?

              1. Too many NFL and college football teams.

          2. I don’t want to put my name on that question – do you?!

            http://www.cityofchicago.org/c….._foia.html

          3. Their shirts are blue. I think the pants are navy. It’s the vests that are black.

        2. #1 reason I moved out.

    2. And they knew they were attacking the business staff outside their shop.

  2. a ssergeant

    Beautiful typo.

    This is how they behave when they’re aware that cameras are pointed at them. Then again, none of them appear to have been disciplined after an Independent Police Review Authority investigatiion.

    totality of the circumstances. DUE PROCESS. bigoratti judging before all the facts get out. yawn .01 on the troll-meter.

    hth

    1. Now all we need is the real Dunphy to come tell us the same thing. Except he’ll be serious.

    2. don’t forget the acronyms.

  3. Due process obviously showed no probable cause to charge the officers, based on force continuum, officer safety and totality of the circs, it seems like this was a good beatdown.
    hth

    1. No, dunphy would write, “good UOF”.

      Damn, you need to practice!

  4. Due process obviously showed no probable cause to charge the officers, based on force continuum, officer safety and totality of the circs, it seems like this was a good beatdown.
    hth

    1. fucking squirrels

  5. It is unwise to taunt dangerous animals.

    1. Taunt? Hell, don’t even stare at them.

      1. Staring counts as taunting.

        1. “Don’t lock eyes with them don’t do it, it puts them on edge. It might put them into berserker mode and they’ll come at you like a whirling dervish, all fists and tazers. You may be screaming no no no. But all they hear is “who wants a beatdown?”

      1. They have to be human for you to dehumanize them.

  6. It’s a good thing those cameras didn’t capture a crime, or those coppers would be up on charges.

  7. That makes the situation impossible to ignore and very difficult to explain away.

    Have you ever been to Chicago? There might be something going on here, but those reasons ain’t it.

    1. God thing the electorate put a group of Chicago thugs in charge of the White House.

      1. That was actually the part that amazed me the most, even more than electing a totally inexperienced candidate. Chicago? What’s next, someone from New Orleans?

      2. my dear old mom, who is from Chicago, was (is?) a big Obama supporter. When I reminded her of the cronyism and corruption of Chicago, I got nothin’ but a big old blank state.

        1. They’re so used to it, they don’t question it anymore. And nothing can be done as long as that’s true. Operation Greylord changed almost nothing of the endemic corruption, even with nearly 100 people indicted and a good number convicted.

          Note that today’s federal government wouldn’t dream of rooting out corruption like that. Especially in a Democratic stronghold.

  8. Then again, none of them appear to have been disciplined after an Independent Police Review Authority investigatiion.

    I’m pretty much convinced that the investigations go something like this:

    “Did the shitbag deserve it?”

    “Fuck yeah!”

    “Would you do it again?”

    “Fuck yeah!”

    “Sounds justified to me.”

    1. “Now go write up a bullshit report with alot of bullshit acronyms and jargon. And charge the victim perp with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and of course assaulting an officer.”

    2. Wall of silence? In Chicago? Shocked, shocked I tell you.

      http://articles.chicagotribune…..orney-fees

      1. That’s just depressing. Not surprising in the slightest, but still it’s depressing.

        1. Totally depressing. $800K judgement on the tax payers. And the fucking baboon got probation for a brutal attack. They had him on tape and he got probation. The whole department did everything they could to cover up for him. Puts lie to the idea that it is just a few cops who give all of them a bad name? The few that are not dirty are covering up for the ones who are.

          1. Honest people with principles simply could not function in that kind of an environment. They’d quit, be forced out, or worse.

            1. I think it is to the point now that they never get hired in places like Chicago.

  9. What were they responding to in the first place that requires about 10 of Chicago’s finest?

    1. They were responding to a violent perp who assaulted a fellow officer out having a few beers.
      hth

    2. The kid was riding his bike on the sidewalk?

    3. Doggy target practice?

  10. s we worry, rightly, over the growing surveillance state, it’s worth remembering that cameras work both ways ? observing the public, but also the state’s enforcers.

    Cameras work both ways, if and only if those cameras are under the control of the people.

    When the cameras are only in control of the government, then it’s been repeatedly proven that:

    o Whoops, the cameras were mysteriously not turned on.
    o Whoops, the video evidence was mysteriously deleted.
    o Whoops, we can’t release that video because it’s an ongoing investigation, forever.
    o Whoops, everything was justified, our experts reviewed the video, and no you don’t get to, because we need to protect the identity of the officers involved. Just trust us.

    1. I’m kind of shocked to report this, but based on Google Street View, there actually aren’t any of our lovely city surveillance cameras anywhere around this place either.

  11. Oh, and I have a question. Why is it when cops kill, attack or assault someone, the state gets to ‘open up its checkbook’ to make the problem go away. If I attack an office, shoot him four times in the back, beat him with a stick or tase him to death, do I get to ‘open up my checkbook’ to make the problem go away, or am I going to go to jail?

    1. or am I going to go to jail?

      If you’re lucky you’re going to the hospital. If you’re not so lucky you’re going to the morgue.

      1. That’sh the Chicago way.

    2. Wergeld only works in one direction. You go to pounded in the ass prison.

    3. You are presuming you would live long enough to go to jail.

    1. Those who eat less food have less need for toilet paper.

      1. I will note that Venezuelan politicians seem as full of shit as ever.

    2. Socialism always ends in starvation. Bad luck I guess.

      1. Socialism always ends in starvation.

        You take that back!

        /t o n y

        1. After you’ve eaten the rich, there is not much left to eat but each other.

          1. What about the upscale?

    3. “Considering the average size of a family, one person should only buy 20 staple products during the period that we establish, which we think will be one week,” Blagdimir Labrador, an official with the Zulia state government, told the newspaper Panorama in an interview published on Tuesday.

      Number of lessons learned: 0

      1. “We cannot allow the government to use our state to create a Cuba-style rationing system,” said opposition legislator Elias Matta of Zulia. “This shows the failure of 21st century socialism.”

        Uhm, no, it shows the failure of socialism, period.

      2. They have to do something about the hoarders. It is just pathetic. It would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic. Some people think socialists are evil. And some are. But most are more stupid than evil. They never learn. At least 20% or more of this country would support the same policies that caused this and quickly turn the US into a starving hell hole.

        1. oh, I think socialists are evil – it’s a system of governance that oppresses freedom – economic and intellectual.

          1. Yeah, how is someone saying, “I think that guy over there deserves the fruits of you labor, give them to him or we’ll fucking kill you.” not evil. You can’t even say that it’s good intentions, because it’s not.

          2. They are not knowingly evil. They believe in a system that is evil to its core but are too stupid to know it.

            1. They are not knowingly evil.

              Who is? I mean, Hitler thought he was doing the world a favor by eliminating certain groups. Were the people torturing and murdering the jews evil or just stupid enough to believe an evil ideology?

              It can be both.

            2. It is evil. It is one thing that socialism has lots of flaws – that alone does not make it evil, though.

              However, the practical implementations of socialism come alone with brutal dictatorships. And that is evil.

      3. No one needs more than 7 sticks of butter.

        1. “No one needs more than 7 sticks of butter.”

          -Bloomberg

    4. It’s those evil Chavez opponents (you know – the ones that are dead, paid off, or in jail) that are causing all these problems!

      1. The world economy doesn’t look all that great. If it collapses, oil prices will go down with it. That might just take down the Chavez system, too.

        1. It might take down Putin and some other nasty regimes as well.

          Plus, good old supply and demand is bringing new oil resources into production and pushing the more efficient use of oil already in production.

          Exactly the same thing happened after in the 1980s after the 1979 – 1981 oil peak.

    5. The Michael Moores and Sean Penns will just blame the kulaks hoarders, then say something like “But Free Health Care!”

      It is very sad. Venezuela should be the richest country in South America. After 12 years of Chavismo, they get food shortages.

  12. JESUS, I just watched the video. There are so many officers it looks like one of those clown car things where 50 clowns get out of a volkswagon.

    1. Is there an info button on the video?

  13. The suspects were wanted in connection with a plot to raze every donut show to the ground.

    Officers used reasonable force to protect themselves from this threat to the Christie-American community.

  14. Donut Shows and Donut Shops.

    1. It’s the Doughnout Show loophole.

  15. Just as bad, from earlier this year:
    http://wftc.membercenter.world…..de-cop-car

    Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney charged with drunken assault, including biting the leg of sex store owner. Judge, who worked with her father, acquits on all charges.

    1. What is funny is that it is the police who are outraged at that case. How dare someone else use their position to get out of a criminal conviction. Doesn’t she know only cops are allowed to do that?

    2. “If this is just Joe citizen, they probably would have been convicted,” says Fraternal Order of Police’s Clark Devereux. “But because someone’s politically connected and works as a prosecutor, they get a pass.”

      The irony of this statement is completely lost on Fraternal Order of Police’s Clark Devereux.

      1. Oh wow, that’s the least self-aware quote I’ve ever read. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a quote from that very same day advocating the opposite for a cop.

        Fuck man, these assholes think this party’ll never end, but the longer it goes the worse it’s gonna be.

        1. They think they are special. She is not a cop. She doesn’t need special protection the way cops do.

          This is what he thinks.

  16. I’m the most boring, uninteresting person in the world. I’ve never been arrested, nor will I ever be.

    I haven’t had a speeding ticket (the worst thing I ever did in my life) since maybe 1975. You couldn’t find me in a crowd of two, that’s how boring I am.

    I never paid any attention to police. Why would I care what they’re doing. Nothing they do ever had anything to do with me.

    But no more. When they lose me people like me, they’re in trouble.

    I see a cop anymore, I cringe. It’s never been safer to be a cop, but today’s pansy-asses piss themselves at the slightest “furtive” movement.

    US civilian peace keeping needs a firm boot put on its neck. It’s out of control and it’s dangerous to any notion of free people living peacefully.

    Radley Balko has a new book coming out on the subject. Hopefully, it will get a wide read.

    1. Yup. I am one of the more law and order type of people you will meet. And they have lost me. They are slowly losing the entire country.

    2. It’s too bad Balko moved to Huffington Post. Its memory hogging and fucked-up commenting system mean I visit HP as little as possible. (It has nothing to do with the political views of anything on the site.)

      1. For once I’ll agree with your bitching about a site’s functionality (or lack thereof). I’m guessing Arianna put all her eggs in hiring writers like Balko and didn’t invest a red cent in heuristics or usability. It’s just a big fucking mess over there. I wish Balko would mirror his Puff Ho articles and blogs to his old Agitator domain.

        1. For once I’ll agree with your bitching about a site’s functionality (or lack thereof).

          Oh, come on. I don’t bitch that much about website functionality. 🙂

        2. Actually, Radley’s posting rate has gone WAY down over there. I am just hoping it will come back up after the book comes out.

          (Memo to self: Reserve a copy now!)

        3. Every time I clink on a link to Puff Ho (I like that), it’s a slideshow that’s broken in some way.

  17. “It’s an asshole, not a cop car.”

  18. Wow that makes a LOT of sense dude.

    http://www.WorldPrivacy.tk

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