Seattle Sheriff Deputy Beat 15-Year-Old Girl (from DemocracyNow.org)
In Seattle, a sheriff’s deputy has pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree assault after he was caught on videotape assaulting a fifteen-year-old girl in a jail cell. Video of the beating was released by prosecutors on Friday. In the video, a deputy kicks the girl, pushing her back toward the wall. The deputy then strongly backs the girl against the wall and slams her to the floor by grabbing her hair. A second deputy enters the holding cell, while the first deputy holds the girl face down to the floor. The first deputy appears to hit the girl with his hands. The girl is then lifted up and led out of the cell while the first deputy holds her hair. The King County sheriff’s deputy Paul Schene was investigated previously for shooting two people—killing one—in the line of duty.
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Connect the issue of police brutality to domestic violence:
- There is a clear differential in power. The person who holds the most power is usually the abuser. In both DV and Police violence situations, the victim, generally, has no recourse to the violence, they are not allowed to fight back. If they do, the violence / repression will quickly escalate, and can even lead to fatality for the victim.
- In both instances, the victim is seen as vulnerable, accessible, and lacking credibility. In typical police brutality cases, the officer or the force will dehumanize the victim, paint a picture of the victim and the events that will, essentially, say they deserved it. This process for Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault can be done fairly quickly or can be utilized throughout the survivor's life.
- With Police Brutality and Domestic and Sexual Violence, our society is built on the belief that the police officer, as "authority", or the abuser, as a "good husband" or "provider" or "loving father", would never abuse someone in his care. In this paradigm (and in our corporate-controlled media), the victim us constantly blamed for her actions, and we (society) is led to believe that somehow the victim of incredibly inhumane brutality deserved it or "brought it on herself."
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