This is video footage of a police chase in Alabama. The suspect shows no regard for other drivers and is seen to deliberately drive at a police officer who is deploying a stinger and gets hit. The suspect then crashes, is thrown out of the vehicle and lies motionless on the ground. What happens next is the story.
The suspect, Anthony Warren, had an extensive criminal record including convictions for theft, receiving stolen property, and escape.
The police officers have not only been sacked, but who face compensation claims (from a career criminal) and prosecution, while Warren, is now serving 20 years for first degree assault.
My worry about this case is that it takes place in Alabama against a historical backdrop of hideous racial oppression. Warren is black, as is the chief of police and the mayor. The police officers involved were white. It transpires that the mayor had first hand experience of racial violence against himself, from the police, in the days when racial abuse was routine and endemic. You can see from the video that the mayor is straining to control his emotion. On this occasion, the cops did not. They took out their emotions in eleven seconds of animal ferocity which has collectively ended 50 years of police service.
What is your verdict?