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Suspicious Behavior

recorded 6-24-07

 

1) 2:19 Radio Essay Mp3

2) 3:08 Radio Essay Mp3

 

Suspicious Behavior

[col.writ. 6/24/07] (c) '07 Mumia Abu-Jamal

    Imagine two young women walking the streets of Philadelphia, only to be stopped by cops, searched, and even though they are clean, they're arrested and placed in custody at the 26th District police station.

    Why were they arrested in the first place?  Cops would later claim that the women talked to a man who they considered suspicious.

    While the women were locked in the cell, one of the cops strolls around to the cell area, and demands they bare their breasts; then touch each other; then kiss; then bare their private parts.

    Shocked, the traumatized women burst into tears.

    The cop jangles the keys to their freedom, and proclaims, "If you wanna go home, you will do as I say."

    The crying women refuse to go beyond the first two demands.

    Shortly after their release, one of the women found that this brief incarceration was long enough for one of the cops to steal $20 from her purse.

    One of the women, Erica Hejnar, filed a complaint within hours of the event, on September 3, 2003.

    According to published reports, police Internal Affairs appointed an investigator to the case a month after the events. The IA investigator contacts the city's DA's office, and interviews several of the cops involved.

    Two years later, the IA guy retires, with no action on the case.

    In April of 2005, Ms. Hejnar files a civil rights suit in Federal court.  Nine months later the City pays her over $17,000 to settle the suit.

    In the meantime, the second IA investigator retires.  A third IA investigator takes the case, and contacts the DA about filing criminal charges.  The DA, citing " insufficient evidence". declines to prosecute.

    Instead, several cops faced departmental  disciplinary charges, mostly for conduct unbecoming, and filing false reports.

    No charges means, of course, that no matter what the department does, the most he faces is a firing.  This guy, who used his power to force young women to perform a sex show for his kinks, will never have to be labeled a sexual predator, he'll never be forced to report his housing arrangements to the state, nor find his name on a list of sex criminals on the Internet.

    Of the 1/2 a dozen people at work that night, to a man, no one claimed to have seen nor heard what went on.

    Notice I said, 'to a man', for one female cop, hearing Officer Norberto Cappas brag and joke to other cops about how he treated the women, angrily cursed him for his behavior.

    The other guys? They don't remember hearing or seeing that either.

    Meanwhile, Internal disciplinary hearings were held, and results are pending.

    Just one day, in the City of Brotherly Love.

(c)'07 maj

 

  [Mr. Jamal's recent book features a chapter on the
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A Life in the Black Panther Party*, from South
End Press (http://www.southendpress.org); Ph.
#1-800-533-8478.]
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A Life in the Black Panther Party*, from South
End Press (http://www.southendpress.org); Ph.
#1-800-533-8478.] 

"When a cause comes along and you know in your bones that it is
just, yet refuse to defend it--at that moment you begin to die.
And I have never seen so many corpses walking around talking about
justice." - Mumia Abu-Jamal

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AS POSSIBLE TO INSPIRE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT AND
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