Monday, November 21, 2011

Ex-police lieutenant Charles J. Kelly, who codified thuggery for Baltimore PD, defends UC Davis police procedures

From CBS:
Charles J. Kelly, a former Baltimore Police Department lieutenant who wrote the department's use of force guidelines, said pepper spray is a "compliance tool" that can be used on subjects who do not resist, and is preferable to simply lifting protesters.
     "When you start picking up human bodies, you risk hurting them," Kelly said.
      "Bodies don't have handles on them."
     After reviewing the video, Kelly said he observed at least two cases of "active resistance" from protesters. In one instance, a woman pulls her arm back from an officer. In the second instance, a protester curls into a ball. Each of those actions could have warranted more force, including baton strikes and pressure-point techniques.
     "What I'm looking at is fairly standard police procedure," Kelly said.
Got that? If someone who is sitting on the ground is maced and curls up into a ball, that's "active resistance" and warrants clubbing. Keep that "standard police procedure" in mind the next time you visit Baltimore.

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