Yet Again: Police Brutality and the Stanford Experiment (VIDEOS)

by Abby Zimet – More gut-wrenching cellphone video of sociopaths in uniform and power, this time in Salinas, CA where five “law enforcement” officers beat senseless with batons a mentally ill man who was screaming, running into traffic, and may or may not have been attacking his mother, who had called aforementioned “law enforcement” for help. Police say Jose Velasco, 28, was reaching for their Tasers and generally non-compliant. Take that for what it’s worth. With what is now mounting, stomach-churning, almost daily evidence of a nationwide police force virtually out of control, it’s instructive to revisit an infamous 1971 psych experiment at Stanford University wherein two groups of students were randomly chosen to act out, over two weeks, being the powerful – prison guards – and the powerless – prisoners. It was stopped early when the “guards” quickly took on all the most vicious attributes of their role, helped along by...

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In Calif. city, shootings reignite tensions between citizens, police

“We’re really looking for answers on both sides.” By Timothy Bella, Al Jazeera – SALINAS, Calif. – On May 20, Carlos Mejia was walking toward a bakery. A gardener and day laborer at construction jobs, Mejia was carrying two-foot garden shears.  And he was trailed by two police officers. A woman reported that he’d tried to break into her house with the shears, exposed himself and attacked her dog.  When officers arrived, they told him to stop and drop the shears but instead he continued down the sidewalk, headed toward a busy intersection. Seconds later, they fired at least five shots at Mejia at point-blank range. The shooting death was caught on a cell phone and quickly went viral, getting more than 200,000 YouTube views within a week. Shocked onlookers can be heard rebuking the officers. The community was already reeling from a police shooting in March and another one just 11...

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