This video of San Francisco police apparently slamming a woman headfirst down to the pavement was uploaded to YouTube yesterday. Before anyone gets the wrong idea, I can not vouch for the video’s authenticity. According to the video’s title, the woman’s baby was left alone in the car while the police slammed her down to the ground. While the woman in the video is clearly agitated, it’s difficult to see any evidence that she was resisting arrest in any way other than by being obnoxious.
Still, to me, this video is an all too typical example of something that everyone has seen. Once you give people in authority the right to act like thugs, that’s exactly what they’re going to do. Once you allow society to define what’s acceptable and what’s not, you’ve created a society where the majority of citizens are going to end lying face down in the middle of the street.