Disabled Rodney King? Come on, people…
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.