Like police in El Paso did when a woman’s car fell into a drainage canal, according to the local news station.
According to a witness at the scene described what happened when three men were attempting to rescue the trapped woman:
“They (the three men) went and tried to help this lady, they tried to help her, but the police said they can’t, they were yelling and everything, I don’t wanna say nothing bad about them, I know they give good service here and everything, but I said ‘Oh, my God. They hit the window on the driver’s side, and she tried to get out but there’s a fence right there, and she couldn’t get out. So she had all that weight with her and all the water inside. The men got scared, they didn’t want to leave, they were mad, so they got scared, people were yelling so they had to leave before they got arrested.”
Now, my first reaction would be that the officers needed the bystanders to get out of the way so they could use the proper tools to break the windows and rescue the woman.
But the story goes on to state the woman remained in the car for more than an hour before police took her body out.
Remember, these are men who insist they need militarized equipment worthy of a conflict zone. They could have broken the window and dragged her out in seconds. As the video accompanying the story shows, there was little to no exterior damage on the right front passenger side door.
When the news station asked the police about the incident, they were told the department’s Special Traffic Investigations unit is conducting its investigation.
Doesn’t that say it all? No denial. I understand departments don’t want to speak before all the facts are in, but the fact they are not denying an accusation like this tells you something.
By the way, the comments are worthy of a once-over. While the occasional person feebly attempts to defend them, the rest of the commentators seethe with contempt.
You should know the routine. In a privatized society, police would have no authority to threaten violence on an innocent person trying to save another person from drowning. In fact, it would be considered attempted murder, if unsuccessful and the person lived.
If the person dies, well, you can put two and two together.