Commandant Bratton has a new desire. Because the cops never have enough power over you.
In addition to stiffening penalties for things like wearing protective
body armor, tinting windows and holding police to similar information
disclosures that “civilians” (a telling attitude in itself ) are
subjected to, Bratton said it would be “very helpful” if charges of
resisting arrest were upped from misdemeanors to felonies.
I guess referring to the 'commoners' was a bit too much for him, but 'civilians', well, that's great!
"There's a widespread pattern in American policing where resisting arrest charges are used to sort of cover -- and that phrase is used -- the officer's use of force," retired criminal justice professor and expert witness Sam Walker told WNYC in a December analysis of police abuse. "Why did the officer use force? Well, the person was resisting arrest."
How many times has that turned out to be, in how many reports?