Remember the scene in “Airplane!” where the woman panics and someone slaps her to bring her to her senses? Suddenly there’s a line of passengers waiting to “help” her, carrying baseball bats, wrenches, boxing gloves….
I like the film, but NOT as training video. This may or may not be true of the fine people at the California Highway Patrol. In support, I offer the following news story where an officer pummels a woman repeatedly in the face as she lays on the ground. He does this, says the department spokesman, for her safety.
Video shows officer punching woman on LA freeway
In the video we do not see the entire incident, just the part shown after a motorist figured out something odd was in progress. [The possible ray of sunlight in the story is that despite all evidence to the contrary, seeing someone with a badge brutalize or shoot someone is still considered “odd” by some.] The woman had been wandering dangerously close to traffic and the officer had ordered her to stop. She didn’t.
So in the interest of her safety, the officer tackles her to the concrete and begins administering punches to her face. Apparently she wasn’t safe enough after the first 5 or 6, so he administers several more, just to make sure. He is nothing if not thorough.
The Good News: One of them is undergoing a mental evaluation.
The Bad News: It isn’t the officer.