Miami cop Mario Figueroa suspended after kicking handcuffed man in the head


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/05/04/miami-cop-mario-figueroa-suspe.html


#2

If this is accurate and past trends hold up then a car thief will have all charges dropped and a cop gets a paid vacation with a slap on the wrist. AKA justice!


#3

In a thread on twitter, a poster mentioned that when he went through Law Enforcement training, in an exercise where a police officer was kicked in the head on the ground, the correct response was to shoot the attacker because kicking a defenseless person in the head was “deadly force”.

I’m guessing, though, that the thorough and impartial internal investigation will see things differently


#4

It really is.

Hard to understand how police are held to a lower standard than the rest of us, despite the extra training and experience they have.

ETA: We should definitely take into account, though, that this police officer likely feared for his life. Police officers are very scared, all the time. So terrified.


#5

I know I’ve seen that happen at least one other time. Jesus Christ. That should be an instant fire-able offense. There is NOTHING one could come up with that to excuse this sort of thing.


#6

he gets a paid vacation pending the results of an internal investigation.

An investigation into just how scary the “perp” was and how this would have been self-defense if that empty hand had held a gun. Also, he was no angel.


#7

FTFY…


#8

If the victim has to pick out the cop from several others, would that be a thin blue lineup?

(I’m sorry, humor helps me cope)


#9

The beating scene from Boogie Nights gives me bad flashbacks to this day. This is what kicking a guy in the head looks like:

Extra-super disturbing for me personally because I went to see Boogie Nights knowing nothing about it except (1) period piece, and (2) Burt Reynolds … so it’s a comedy, right? (Wrong.) I was feeling down and needed some distraction … no joy.


#10

Exactly, one would expect them to be held to a higher standard due to their training.

This is true for all sorts of licensed professions (at least theoretically).

Let me know when cops like this a-hole are immediately jailed, and changed with attempted murder under the color of law (which would immediately double the potential penalty).


#11

Fucking human garbage. Should be in jail.


#12

It would have been interesting if some good Samaritan had shot the cop for this very reason.


#13

LOL. I was trying to keep it within the realm of reality…


#14

If police officers in the USA can get away with shooting handcuffed suspects while on camera what will happen after a “mere” kick to the head? Nothing.


#15

Yeah, thanks to my medical license I can get away with infecting people with hantavirus and prescribing myself opioids, and all the punishment I get is the hospital puts me on paid administrative leave for a few weeks!

That’s basically equivalent to what’s happening with cops.


#16

Meh. SOP for American cops, it seems. It’s why I now have absolutely no desire to ever go to the US again, even though I’m unlikely to have a run-in with the thugs\\, er, police.


#17

Yup. And I routinely go around kicking people’s dogs, and also prescribing myself shit-tons of opioids, and the DEA and vet med board give me a paid vacation.

It’s f-ing awesome to be a trained professional with a license!

/S (for the sarcasm impaired…)


#18

Considering other people garbage probably contributed to this situation in the first place. I agree about the jail part, though.


#19

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