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Sunday, April 13, 2014

"Adding Insult to Gun Injuries, Police Often Handcuff Victims"

From The New York Times:

Mr. Daly spent more than a week immobilized, not just by his three bullet wounds, but also by a set of handcuffs and ankle restraints — all because of an unpaid $25 fine for possessing a cup of wine in public.

What happened to Mr. Daly in December was no fluke. The New York Police Department routinely performs warrant checks on shooting victims. If an outstanding warrant is found, the police generally handcuff and shackle the victim, often for the whole hospital stay, no matter how minor the underlying offense or how grievous the injuries.

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Another sign, if more were needed, that the police state is now firmly in place. Stories such as this one are the direct result of decades of judges deferring to and legislators over-indulging even the jaded, grim and sometimes cruel impulses inclinations of cops/agents/prosecutors.

Posted by: John K | Apr 14, 2014 5:16:54 AM

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