Dash cam exonerates another man; reveals cops’ thuggery

Nothing that I can write will replace the impact of watching this 4 minute video, produced by ABC News 7 of a Bloomfield, NJ police department’s arrest of Marcus Jeter:

Particularly rich were the repeated warnings to stop resisting while subdued by three officers, the allegation that he was going for their gun when his hands were clearly nowhere near them and the completely bizarre ramming of his car by the second police vehicle.

Maybe they forgot that these cameras had video and not just audio or maybe they just figured that they could hide the video and no one would be any wiser.

Two of the officers were indicted and a third already plead guilty, but then there’s this:

Interesting to note, an investigation by Bloomfield PD’s scandal plagued internal affairs division had found no wrongdoing by officers.

Boy do they close ranks quickly. Meanwhile Marcus Jeter may have been spending many years in jail, another man whose claims of innocence would be pooh-poohed by the public and courts, in the interests of finality.

Maybe finally you’re realizing that cops are just as likely to be thugs as the Marcus Jeters of the world.

8 thoughts on “Dash cam exonerates another man; reveals cops’ thuggery

  1. that anonymous coward

    And we wonder why there is such outcry from the police and unions about dashcams & bodycams.
    Perhaps they fear they will lose credibility, or have to stop violating citizens rights all willy nilly.

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  3. Barb Bernhardt

    Who is doing the work to make this into a national scandal? When I saw Rodney King being beaten by police, on television, night after night, I thought the one good thing that could come out of it was an end to police thuggery. How wrong could I be? I’ve changed my mind about surveillance cameras on every street corner. They should be trained on every possible place that police can go.

  4. John Thacker

    The cops really demonstrate how much truth there is in South Park’s satire. Apparently all the police have to do is yelling “They’re coming right for us,” and they think they’ll be exonerated for any actions, regardless of what the other person is actually doing.

  5. Justin McAleer

    Funny, I never hear the “where are all the peaceful Muslims?” position taken when it comes to police misconduct.

  6. Deserttrek

    these cops and all who tired to cover it up belong in prison for the rest of their lives no parole no mercy. they should also be ruined financially. the death penalty is more appropriate but sadly is not on the table

  7. a goddard

    This stuff happens all the time. I have personally experienced it. You were one of the lucky ones to actually have a video tape surface. Also, an investigation by IA is a joke!

  8. David Brown

    What about the completely jaded attorney who represented Jeter? Like so many PDs and court appointed attorneys, he concluded that client was just another lying-ass criminal. He changed his opinion only after the video surfaced.

    If I am ever in trouble with the law, I really want this overworked, underpaid cynic as my advocate.


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