Huffington Post reporter John Rudolf released an article on July 26, 2011 on Darrin Ring and the latest in inappropriate police actions verses an intoxicated victim. Los Angeles is no stranger to the strain of police and community relationship, this story awakens an all to familiar discomfort in a very thin line of protect an serve verses excessive force that leans on the shoulders of abuse/brutality. Obviously this is an ongoing challenge not only in Los Angeles California but across this country including rural New Johnsonville Tennessee. John Rudolf reveals the FBI has launched a criminal probe into a January incident where Tennessee police stripped Ring naked, then kicked and beat him while he lay handcuffed in the snow. The incident, recorded by a patrol car’s dashboard camera, also reveals police repeatedly shocking the man, Darrin T. Ring, of New Johnsonville, Tennessee, with a Taser and spraying him with pepper spray:
“Ring, 34, intoxicated but unarmed at the time, was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. Police had been responding to a report of gunshots in the area. Ring’s injuries from the assault included four broken ribs and a punctured lung. Mr. Ring sat in jail for five months awaiting trial on the charges because he was unable to make bail. In early July, his court-appointed defense attorney obtained the recording of his arrest and filed a motion requesting that the charges be dropped in light of the outrageous conduct of the officers.
In the motion, public defender Jake Lockert, a former state prosecutor, called the charges against Ring an attempt by the arresting officers — with the Humphreys County Sheriffs’ Department and the Waverly, Tenn., police department — “to cover up their own criminal conduct.” July 11, the district attorney prosecuting the case dismissed all charges against Ring and released him.”
Rudolf gives accounts on police brutality cases that persist across the country some where officer have been convicted others where convictions were not obtained. Most intriguing is in all cases including Darrin Ring in Johnsonville Tennessee it has taken either confiscating recordings from police cars or a person in the community recording the events and leaking to the media. This story reveals fifthteen different accounts of police abuse/brutality dating back to Rodney King in 1991. Surely there are more but these are the ones given media coverage. What is the solution to this travesty? Perhaps in the investigation solutions should be reviewed and implemented. Consideration of the danger police officer face—insurmountable danger and challenges as they protect and serve; particularly in high stressed areas of protection—extended days off work week (work 2-days off 2-days) and or work three months off one week (regular work 2-days off 2-days) within the three months), maybe this will help officers regroup and unplug from the fear and stress of protecting and serving the community.
Darrin Rings story emphasizes the relationship between police officers’ and community can be very volatile. One act misusing police authority, abuse and brutality stirs the pot of distrust and heightened skepticism towards a profession already under-appreciated.
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