Friday, February 02, 2007

Once again

We have yet another incident of police brutality making headlines in the US. This isn't explicitly brutal in that the usual police brutality tactics of pummelling someone into the ground, or battering people with batons, but this is negligence at its worst. In November, it was the shooting of the UCLA student with a taser gun, and the killing of a black guy in New York on his bachelor's eve do. So what do we have this time.

We have a woman, Sofia Salva, whose car is stopped by Kansas City police officers, Melody Spencer and Kevin Schnell. She's wanted on a variety of minor charges. When the police start questioning her, she tells them she's bleeding and she's on her way to the hospital. Basically, she's three months pregnant, and she thinks she's about to have a miscarriage. So do the boys in blue call an ambulance? No siree, they take her into custody. The next day, she has a miscarriage.

It's not just the fact that a woman who desperately needed medical attention was locked up, but the disdain with which she was treated. Sofia Salva did not matter to these officers. The woman was just another statistic to be locked up, another notch to be added to the department's belt. The whole thing was recorded on the squad car camera, and Kansas City Star got a copy of the tape under freedom of information laws, and have a harrowing transcript of the encounter. It's distressing to watch. To serve and to protect?

11 comments:

Nilla said...

It's sad..

Welcome to Kansas....

Just watching to see how this would play out...
I wonder if we are going to be hearing she's an illegal immigrant soon...

Anonymous said...

Welcome to Kansas....

nilla, it happened in Missouri.

Nilla said...

My bad....(they are sister states anyways)

Welcome to the Kansas City area :-)

Nilla said...

@ Nkem
You've got the KANSAS Kansas City Police Department logo in the picture....

Nkem said...

noted

Talatu-Carmen said...

infuriating.

RJ said...

WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES...
It happens so often here that I think once again I’m becoming somewhat immune to it - which is sad because we shouldn’t be untouched by brutality.

Infuriating? Yes, but what can we do?

azuka said...

...those officers were not trained and if they were, they've got a short memory...

What kind of excuse is that?

Fred said...

This is such a tragic tale. The police here can get so jaded that they forget their humanity.

This is a mistake that will cost those two police officers and the city very dearly and this woman will live in comfort for the rest of her life. A thoroughly inadequate compensation for the life of a child perhaps, but this will change some things, and definitely for the Police.

The next time they hear a woman is bleeding and needs medical attention, what do you want to bet they'll be rushing her to the hospital?

Calabar Gal said...

Its so horrible. My blood was running cold as i watched the tape. i hope she sues the hell out of their arses!!

In my head and around me said...

This is sad...