Justice in the age of videotape
You may have seen the sickening footage of the 64-year-old man getting pounded, punched and kneed by three burly New Orleans cops. I realize video can be deceiving, and that many suspects have a wobbly story, and that cops in New Orleans have been through the exhaustion ringer.
The victim in this case comes across as legit, and truly shocked at what was done to him. Unlike the usual protocol obeyed here in Los Angeles, the gentleman is not playing the race card (which most assuredly would have helped him get justice). If he were my father, I'd be hopping mad.
His crime seems to have been to tell a policeman who interupted his conversation with another cop that it was unprofessional to do so. That comment seems to have gotten the back up of at least one blue-uniformed goon. The one identified as S.M. Smith (sadomasochist?) was definitely out of line in attacking an innocent AP reporter.