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'I Kill Motherfuckers'

A white police officer threatened to detain two black men for “walking in the street.”

Tia Ewing/Facebook/ScreenshotTia Ewing/Facebook/ScreenshotA viral video appears to show a Chicago police officer telling a pair of black men, "I kill motherfuckers."

The video, posted to Facebook on Monday, begins with a white police officer in an unmarked car being approached by at least two young black men. "I kill motherfuckers," the cop says, before telling them to stop filming him. "How about I lock you up for walking in the street?" he adds.

The officer claims the man filming was "illegally" walking across the street. Eventually, he gets out of his car and starts following both men. "You want to know the good news though?" the officer asks. "Illinois is a two-party consent state and I don't consent to you recording me."

The man filming, meanwhile, replies that he was recording himself on Snapchat and the officer "hopped in the camera." The officer then claims the man filming hit his shoe, and uses that as an excuse to get in his face.

The officer was correct in his assertion that Illinois is a two-party consent state, but that doesn't seem to appy here. In Illinois, citizens don't need consent to film others, including police officers, as long they aren't doing so secretly and aren't infringing on the other party's reasonable expectation of privacy. Since this incident occurred in public, and the officer knew he was being filmed, it doesn't appear that the man filming did anything wrong.

According to WFLD, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability has opened an investigation into the incident.

Police misconduct has been a nationwide theme in recent days. A video posted to Facebook last week showed an unnamed El Paso police officer pointing a gun at a group of children, then arresting the young man who filmed the incident. Earlier in the week, a drunk off-duty officer with the New York Police Department allegedly crashed his car and punched a witness before attempting to flee the scene.

Photo Credit: Facebook/Tia Ewing/Screenshot

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  • Longtobefree||

    Cops have an expectation of privacy in every thing they do.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    He could have actually killed them and still would be found innocent of wrongdoing.

  • Gaear Grimsrud||

    Cool story but try to stay on topic.

  • Trollificus||

    Titty pix or it didn't happen. Unless THAT'S the job...

  • Jerryskids||

    Did he say "I kill motherfuckers" or did he say "I kill, motherfuckers" ? In the first case, non-motherfuckers have no need to worry so I can't see where this would be considered a threat. Unless the guys filming were in fact motherfuckers, but how was the poor cop to know he was addressing motherfuckers?

    Of course, he could have been saying "I kid, monkey fighters."

  • JoeJoetheIdiotCircusBoy||

    "I shot the clerk?"

    -Bill Gambini

  • Holmes IV||

    "But I did not shoot the actu'ry..."

  • Troglodyte Rex||

    I want a lawyer dog.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Unless the guys filming were in fact motherfuckers, but how was the poor cop to know he was addressing motherfuckers?

    "Everyone knows" that all non-cops are motherfuckers. QED.

  • Zeb||

    Unless you are NWA. Then all cops are motherfuckers. And everyone else too, which gets confusing.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    It's motherfuckers all the way down.

  • Trollificus||

    This is true. It comes from a mistranslation of a 17th century discussion between Jesuit Emanual de Veiga and a Hindu philosopher.

    Upon having it explained to him that the earth had 9 corners, each supported by a great elephant, de Veiga asked "And upon what do the elephants stand?". The Hindu savant replied "Why, upon a great tortoise." de Veiga, of course, then asked "What supports the tortoise then?"

    The Hindu replied "Motherfucker." and walked off. Since the Indian for "Tortoises all the way down." is so similar to "Motherfucker", it's an understandable confusion.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Hell, even Ice Cube calls himself a motherfucker. Maybe they just know about how the world is.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    The joke is on all of us. Every state is a two party state.

  • ||

    RACE WARS!

    It's just so fucking tiresome...I now tune out any article that refers to skin color as a point of reference.

  • Demosthenes||

    Yeah, I'm sure you paid really close attention to those articles up to now.

  • ||

    The first rule of RACE WAR is to impung your opponent as a racist!

  • Rhywun||

    This new guy seems have been stuck on the "make everything about race" beat.

  • ||

    Surveying his work, race baiting doesn't seem to be that dominant. Still, good ole Joe S does to a fair bit of culture war trolling.

  • Aloysious||

    He's breaking new ground. It's never been done before. /s

  • Happy Chandler||

    It's not like Chicago police have a problem of systemic racism.

  • JunkScienceIsJunk||

    I get that conservatives feel the need to defend police officers for literally everything they do (and I literally mean "literally"). But there's a degree of professionalism that people from all political backgrounds should expect from police officers. It's not hard or controversial to ask that they conduct themselves in a professional manner, instead of stooping down and arguing with kids for no particular reason.

  • LynchPin1477||

    The uniform makes all of their behaviour de facto professional. It's a very sharp uniform.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    If they really want to be "professional" they should get some big name designer to design their uniforms. Anyone know what Hugo Boss is up to these days?

  • Pro Libertate||

    He's dead, but the brand lives on, waiting for the right fascists to work with. Kinda like Edna Mode, but with fascists.

  • BYODB||

    Maybe they should stop requiring that recruits have below a certain IQ threshold to become officers. That might be a good start, but we're told smart people would just find it too boring and quit. Sounds legit, right?

  • gimmedatribeye||

    I'm conservative. And I hate cops. Apparently that's rare.

  • Rossami||

    What conservatives have stepped in to defend this particular police officer? For that matter, do you have evidence that anyone at all is defending this moron (other than his union rep - an entirely different problem)?

  • Trollificus||

    Yeah, there's an equally valid counterperception that the problem with lack of LEO accountability is with the "PUBLIC EMPLOYEES UNION" part of the equation, not the dumb conservatives posting on comment threads part. That kind of changes everything wrt who's responsible for the problem, since dumb conservatives posting on the internet have...wait, let me calculate this out...carry the nothin', ZERO power, and police unions have all the power in fighting accountability, and usually have, politically beholden to them, Democratic mayors.

    *NARRATIVE DISSONANCE ALERT-READY RATIONALIZATIONS!!*

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Oedipus wrecks.

  • Demosthenes||

    Der Spiegel, 1939: Nazi party sympathizers harass, loot Jewish families

    Reason commentariat: This has been going on for years and NOW the media wants to report on it? Typical.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    An odd pronunciation of the word "retard" at the end of the video, btw. Almost like a verb.

  • Cynical Asshole||

  • Cathy L||

    The officer was correct in his assertion that Illinois is a two-party consent state, but that doesn't seem to appy here. In Illinois, citizens don't need consent to film others, including police officers, as long they aren't doing so secretly and aren't infringing on the other party's reasonable expectation of privacy. Since this incident occurred in public, and the officer knew he was being filmed, it doesn't appear that the man filming did anything wrong.

    Considering the IL law was updated specifically to allow for recording of police officers at work, something tells me this cop is a fucking liar and not simply ignorant.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Occam's Razor suggests he could be both.

  • Trollificus||

    Sometimes, Occam's Razor suggests "Explanation? Whatever. Fuck this guy."

  • ||

    Civilian Office of Police Accountability has opened an investigation into the incident.

    That's the newly minted COPA that replaced the known-to-be-crooked Independent Police Review Authority that folded in order to allow Emmanuel to remain Mayor after slow-walking the Laquan McDonald case. The same COPA that couldn't oust Eddie Johnson (Emmanuel's Police Chief) after finding that Rialmo wrongly shot Betty Jones (and Quintonio Legrier). I wouldn't hold my breath on them picking up and running with "Officer Fuckstick caught being fuckstick on camera."

  • Jerryskids||

    According to WFLD, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability has opened an investigation into the incident.

    COPA being the latest iteration of a civilian oversight board, the last one being dissolved after it *Spoiler Alert!* turned out to be a toothless committee designed to cover up rather than to expose police misconduct. This board, however, is headed by a veteran law enforcement official so I've got a good feeling about it.

  • Trollificus||

    Did you leave off the /sarc tag, or do you really think a function of Chicago city government might NOT be corrupt? Real question.

  • ||

    God I hope the officer's first name is Michael.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    How in the world do fools like this get hired to be cops?

  • Cynical Asshole||

    The job specifically attracts fools like this guy.

  • JonFrum||

    I don't approve of fucking your mom, but if you did I certainly wouldn't shout about it.

  • majil||

    Perfect example of why all cops deserve it when they are shot in the face .
    I just do not care when a cop is shot or beaten to death anymore. They are subhuman to me.
    We need to get back to the days when a person had the right to defend themselves against the police .
    As soon as some of then start getting shot when the pull their guns on some 10 year olds or get their asses beat for harassing people things will calm down .
    FTP Fry'em like bacon

  • Tony||

    Think of what kind of person can qualify to be a cop but actually wants to be a cop.

    (They're not sending their best people.)

  • HGW xx/7||

    The patrolman was merely letting his constituents know he strongly disapproves of lasciviousness towards our maternal guardians. As with all BLUE LIVES, we must grant the brave soldier the benefit of the doubt. Honestly, when has an officer ever abused their power?

  • Colossal Douchebag||

    Name? Badge number? Precinct?

    Public shame is the only punishment this guy is ever going to see; let's at least give him that.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    According to WFLD, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability has opened an investigation into the incident.

    reinstated after 7 years with back pay.

  • Trollificus||

    Early retirement with full lifetime pension, to be calculated based on that one day he attended a festival as "security" and made 27 hours overtime.

  • Nardz||

    So...
    how was race a relevant part of this story?

    Appropriate headline: "Cop is a dick to two passersby"
    But I guess, as all progressives know, skin color is the most important thing about a person. I'll just have to learn to start judging people by the color of their skin rather than, you know, the content of their character

  • JunkScienceIsJunk||

    So...
    how was race a relevant part of this story?

    The question to ask yourself is whether you are more, less, or equally likely to be harassed by the cops for jaywalking if you're black. The assumption -- supported by scientific studies -- is that you are more likely. That's probably why Reason brought race into it.

  • Marty Feldman's Eyes||

    That's probably why Reason brought race into it.

    yeah, Reason didn't bring race into it, reality did.

  • Ronika Varma||

    Great colors! Very pretty! Do you mind sharing where the bridesmaids dresses are from?

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