Vern’s Venting: Abuse of Power

An image from the viral footage of the brutal beating of Marlene Pinnock by a California Highway Patrol Officer.

By Lavern Merriweather

A viral video of a cop misusing his authority and being a low level street thug is making the rounds on the web. On WorldStarHipHop, as well as elsewhere, there is a video of a black woman crossing the street who is soon accosted by a California Highway Patrolman. Marlene Pinnock, who lives in the state and is a 51 year-old great-grandmother – though I thought she was much younger – was crossing the freeway medians in her bare feet. If that is why the cop approached then proceeded to beat the shit out of her, then the California state patrol needs to find something better to do with their damn time! And if it sounds like I’m heated at the sight of this travesty, then shit yeah I am.

Cops, for the longest of times, have been way out of control with their power when it comes to black folks. This latest incident is just proof positive that they want either a return to Jim Crow or Nazi Gestapo Europe. My guess is the Jim Crow South. Last time I checked, walking around the streets of LA with no shoes on wasn’t a crime, and if he believed her to be mentally unbalanced, then why come at her like she was the female equivalent of John Wayne Gacy. He didn’t approach with any kind of dignity or compassion. It was the typical whoop-their-ass-now-and-don’t-have-to-apologize-later-because-it’s-a-Negro-woman-which-is-the-lowest-form-of-life-on-the-totem-pole-according-to-American-society-law-of-mindset police action. And it’s precisely why this prick felt that he could tackle her like he was Otis Wilson from the Chicago Bears and she was quarterback Joe Montana. Then, the punk decided to rain brutal blows on her head as she lay on the ground screaming while covering her face to protect herself.

I was extremely surprised that most of the cable news pundits were chastising this cop as they should be. Usually, when something like this happens, the media is ready, willing and able to be the police force’s biggest cheerleaders. Not this time, however. I don’t see how anyone. even the most adamant defender of law enforcement. can rationalize what this scumbwad did to that woman. And she is a woman, by the way, incapable of fighting back when another person who is twice her size and has 70 pounds on her is pummeling her into submission.

As difficult as it was to watch, I’m very gratified that a bystander with a camcorder chose to film the cop’s disgraceful actions. He even described the punches as “lights out” type hits, which I gather can only mean that cop was trying to inflict as much bodily harm as he could, regardless of her age, gender or mental state. If he thought that she needed a good old fashioned beatdown, then that’s exactly what she got.

The cop at the center of all this is taking the typical asshole route by saying that he sees nothing wrong with what he did and that his actions were procedural. Of course, you see nothing wrong with it, asshole, because you obviously haven’t seen the tape yet! What I saw was a sadistic abuse of power by a bullying sack of shit that probably gets a kick out of hitting women in any situation you have with them. It wouldn’t shock me if this pig has a record of violations filed against him a mile long.

California Highway Patrol Assistant Chief Chris O’Quinn saying that the officer was protecting Pinnock, who was deemed a danger to herself and motorists.

The frequency of cops getting overly physical and assaulting black citizens lately is reaching frightening levels, to the point where many black people on the blogworld have expressed a desire to carry firearms themselves so they can take on the criminal justice patrol if they ever get harassed. And I’m more than inclined to agree with them. Shit like this ain’t new, not by a longshot. Yet, the lesson never gets learned by the LAPD or in any major city where we have a large population of black folks and cops who treat them like shit. Neither, apparently, does the message become clear that if you continue you to allow your employees to run roughshod over innocent residents. They won’t take it lying down forever.

That’s not a threat. That’s just an insight into what seems a likely possibility.

The higher-ups in law enforcement have done nothing to curb this problem that they created, besides wring hands and give phony promises of reprimands that never materialize. I, for one, don’t plan on waiting for them to get their shit together. This should have been handled 40-some years ago after the first riots in LA from the fucking 60’s. Cops must have more important things to worry about than trying to mend fences and create harmony with those they claim to care about just as much as the rich white folks they really serve and protect.

Speaking of which, even some white folks aren’t immune from the bad acts of angry cops. Kelly Thomas, a 37 year-old white homeless man from Fullerton, which is also in California, was beaten so bad that he was put into a months long coma and later died from his injuries in 2011. There is also a video of Mr. Thomas where you can hear him cry out for his father in the last moments of his life. I was heartbroken and sickened all at the same time, seeing that tragedy unfold before my eyes. I can’t imagine how desperate a place you have to be when you are a grown adult and still call out for the protective caring of a parent.

The cops who beat Kelly to death were put, once again, on a mock trial meant to satisfy the masses. And in typical fashion, all three were acquitted of wrongdoing. Kelly’s father, whom he gutwrenchingly screamed for, held a press conference after the verdict. I’m guessing he’d be the last person to believe that justice was truly served that day.

A screenshot of the brutal beating of Kelly Thomas by California police.

Plus, there is the incident involving another homeless white male named James Boyd. Boyd actually was mentally ill and had recently been released from an overcrowded institution also in California (smh!). Boyd suffered from schizophrenia and depression. He was living in the wooded park area to be, as he said, ‘closer to his grizzly friends’. The cops were called to remove him by, I would imagine, park officials since none of the resident near the park ever complained about his presence. And he didn’t appear to be a danger to anyone, including the cops themselves because they shot him in the back. Yet, three cops later stated that he was a ‘threat’ to their safety, despite the fact that he had his back turned to them and wasn’t resisting arrest. Quite the opposite. He was walking away from them, yet still got shot and like Mr. Thomas, later died from his injuries.

There have even been a growing number of times where a family’s dog who posed no terror whatsoever to a cop was still murdered by their gunfire, although I understand that these instances pale very much in comparison to the countless incidents concerning black folks, but still. Reckless behavior from those in charge where there is no recourse or accountability causes more chaos and trauma. And lawsuits, which Ms. Pinnock’s family has filed, don’t seem to do shit to curb the problem either. It starts from within. And must conclude that the solution must come from there too.


20 thoughts on “Vern’s Venting: Abuse of Power

  1. Why couldn’t he offer her help that’s what we pay them for to take a risk out in our communities? Law Enforcement needs to be restructured and re-programed or fired all together. It will be protecting society and not dominating it for white supremacy. White authoritarians can never offer to drive a Black woman to a safe destination; no that’s too dangerous for them. It is very visible to everyone this idiot does not belong in uniform. Exposing such brutalities in our country and following them until the right decisions are made by Law Enforcement to get rid of these fools should be a priority.

  2. bring me that evil bastard, I’d like to pound the dog shit outta him……. and then incinerate his ass, I WANT BLOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ok I think I’m getting ahead of myself there a bit…

  3. Sadly, I am not surprised by any of this. I recall a White cop tasing a old, White woman on the highway in Texas. It was caught on video due to the cop’s camera on the dashboard. Although people criticized his actions, his superiors sided with him, saying that he acted accordingly. My thought was if these assholes are tasing old White grandmothers, there’s no telling what they could do to POC of ANY age! Unfortunately, Nazis with badges are practically the norm.

    The bottom line is this: If Whites do evil shit to each other, IMAGINE what they can (and will do) to POC.

  4. This type of police action is also the result of always showing black women loud and fighting like they all do it. The police are human too and are effected by media bias like anyone else. Black women are seldom shown acting with class. The media knows images are powerful and never want to show the other 80% of black people that aren’t ratchet. The sad thing is this guy doing this doesn’t see where he was over reacting expecting this woman to act like all the black women he sees on TV. White people can never understand how we feel because they see their faults and strengths always shown together. Not black people. This unbalance is IMHO responsible for more than a little of the behavior we see today in both black and white.

    1. That’s what gets me the most is she WASN’T behaving that way at all. She was just walking down the street with no shoes on and HE was the one behaving like a ratchet thug. I don’t know if this is because of Obama or what but this shit is happening way too often in my book.

  5. Yes, sir, Vern. Say it. Good on you. The whole freakin’ country needs to be venting on this travesty.

    But you have been taken in by the same lame CHP spin as most of the MSM. The lady is not barefoot. I mean, look at the video! Look at the image on your post. She was wearing black shoes or boots.

    CHP started putting that lie out there right away to make her look like she was loony-toones.

    This link will take you to my take down of the MSM for re-tweeting the cops’ lies and a very detailed analysis of how you know they are lies.

    We absolutely have to keep the pressure on this case. It is an outrage that the CHP have not identified this perp and indicted him by now.

    Denis O’Brien, The Gutter Grunt

    1. Even if she was that was no excuse for what that asshole did. I still can’t figure out why he was fucking with her in the first place SMH!

  6. Great and insightful post, Vern! @Mary Good lookin’ out for the heads uP on the petition for this abused and unfairly mistreated woman at the hands of the thugged out beastly-behaving “lawman”! @Brtohawolf, I am going to sign it as well.

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