Wednesday, August 23, 2006
I'm sure most have heard of this incident, wherein Florida police shot a female protestor in the face with a rubber bullet, then laughed about it (on camera, no less). The rather cavalier attitude of officials involved -- excusing the officers of all wrongdoing, offering a half-hearted apology -- simply compounds the egregious immorality. However. It is always worth remembering (though this does nothing to excuse the behaviour nor reduce its wrongness) that the only reason this is news is because, in the United States, it is news. There are parts of the world -- Mexico City, for example, where my father lives -- where the police are little more than gang of paramilitary thugs, and incidents like this would go completely unnoticed.