Sunday, July 31, 2022

 should you be one of those rubes who trust the 'authorities' to do what's best for you and those around you in their quest to protect and serve, i suggest you consider the following article;

Montgomery, AL — As TFTP reports on a regular basis, being entirely innocent is no defense against police violence. All too often, we hear from the police state apologists who repeat the phrase, “if you don’t want to get killed by police, don’t break the law.” Not only is statement entirely flawed from its premise — as breaking the law is not justification for execution — but these folks are ignoring the cases in which entirely innocent people have been caught up in police violence. Joseph Pettaway was one of these innocent souls.

On the night of July 7, 2018, Pettaway would lose his life after Montgomery Police officer Nicholas Barber deployed his K-9 on the innocent man, forcing it to maul him for over 2 minutes. Pettaway would not survive his injuries.

“I saw it with my own eyes,” Joseph’s sister Yvonne Pettaway- Frazie told the Montgomery Advertiser. “His flesh was all on the ground that morning.” The family has since filed a lawsuit to get justice.

For years, the Pettaway family has fought for the release of the body camera footage, which they say the police never acknowledged existed in the first place. As part of their lawsuit, the family has finally obtained it and it confirmed their suspicions, and more as the video reportedly shows officers standing around joking as Pettaway dies at their feet.

This video has now become a point of controversy as authorities are refusing to release it — for fear that it may cause citizens of Montgomery to riot. According to a report by Lynda Edwards, Montgomery city attorney Christopher East revealed the city’s controversial reason for keeping that video secret.

The video, according to the city attorney, has “the potential of creating and/or facilitating civil unrest based on the graphic images alone.”

“An imagined fear that riots that may happen if people react a certain way is very different from citing specific national security concerns like an undercover law enforcement agent’s life would be at risk if certain information is released,” First Amendment expert and Columbia Law School lecturer Robert Balin told Edwards..........more.........

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