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Disabled Rodney King? Come on, people…

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by Treadmarkz

By now, you’ve probably all seen the video of Brian Sterner, a quadriplegic being dumped from his wheelchair by police officers and doing a faceplant on the floor. If you check the blogs, some are making Sterner out to be some sort of Rodney King in reverse, given his race and the race of the officers involved. I can see the parallels: white on black, black on white, and both King and Sterner were reportedly stopped for fleeing police (Sterner had a warrant out stemming from an incident in October).

But is the issue race or even Sterner’s disability? Or maybe is it the lack of real accountability in the American justice system? Wow that was a huge cliche, but think about it: No report was ever filed by the police officers involved or those who witnessed it. The only reason the story got out is because the surveillance tape got out after Sterner went to a local reporter last week. And those cameras aren’t there to protect the “criminals”, they are there to protect the police officers. And I can’t help but be angry regardless of whether Sterner is guilty of anything. Not only because he and I are both disabled, but because he is just another victim of another power trip by those “in charge.” Nobody on the tape seems to be all that concerned when Sterner was first dumped. They reportedly did not believe or understand that he was actually disabled. I guess it took them a while to realize that Sterner really wasn’t going to get up, then they rush to his aid in droves.

Four officers involved have been suspended, and I have made no plans to participate in a riot.

Written by treadmarkz

February 13, 2008 at 3:06 PM

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  1. If this had been a black man dumped out on the ground by white women police officers, you can bet your last dollar that at least two things would be happening right now:
    1. The Reverend Al, Jesse, and their merry band of race baiters would be in Florida shouting to any media source that would listen to them.
    2. We would be seeing the brothers in the street burning down their own neighborhoods, stealing anything of value, and pulling whites out of the cars to deliver payback.


    February 16, 2008 at 4:22 PM

  2. You are entitled to your opinion and I am glad you brought it to this forum. My feeling is that Jackson and Sharpton may have been involved, were it a black disabled man, just as Sterner got the media involved. I don’t see a riot taking place because this was not a serious beatdown as in the case of King. However, some human rights were violated, as Sterner did seem to be dumped onto the floor like a piece of garbage, which is the reason I was angry to begin with.


    February 16, 2008 at 5:48 PM

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