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    West Palm Beach rookie quits, 2 officers face discipline after being caught on tape beating suspect

    By MICHAEL LaFORGIA
    Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
    Monday, August 11, 2008

    WEST PALM BEACH One city police officer resigned and two more were placed on administrative leave after a dashboard camera captured images of them punching and kicking a handcuffed man in the face.

    On May 26, Officer Louis Schwartz had pulled a car over outside a CVS pharmacy at 6800 South Dixie Highway when a pharmacy clerk told him a man in a black ski mask looked like he was about to rob the store.

    As Schwartz walked in, the man, later identified as Pablo Gilberto Valenzuela, 42, of West Palm Beach, ran out through an emergency exit, turning to spray Schwartz with pepper spray as the officer gave chase, according to police reports.

    A video recording captured what happened next:

    Schwartz drew his gun and, ordering Valenzuela to the ground, approached as Officer Kurt Graham, who had heard Schwartz's calls for help over the radio, closed in on the prone man. Graham put a knee into Valenzuela's back and handcuffed him.

    The video then showed Graham punch and kick Valenzuela in the face. Schwartz approached and also kicked Valenzuela in the face.

    Later, as Officer Jason Zangara hoisted a bloodied Valenzuela to his feet, the video showed Valenzuela lurching away from Zangara's grasp. Zangara whirled on the handcuffed man and punched him several times in the face, until the man collapsed on the pavement, the video showed.

    Officers hauled him up again and led him out of the frame.

    Valenzuela was held at the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of robbery, assault and battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

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    And the problem here is what? :p
    May the FORCE be with you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SarasotaRepub View Post
    And the problem here is what? :p
    Well, a cynic might be reminded of Kurt Russell's lines as a Police Chief in Tequila Sunrise:

    Nick Frescia: Generally I recommend my men stay away from vodka, and stick with scotch and bourbon.
    Jo Ann: Why is that?
    Nick Frescia: So the brass will know they're drunk and not stupid.
    An idealist might see this as a growing trend of infringement of our civil liberties by police forces that are more and more out of control.

    A realist might recognize that this is and has been the norm for cops in this country and the growing number of incidents is a function of technology that catches and publicizes these incidents. The same technology, btw, that is responsible for enabling the government to expand their infringement of our civil liberties.
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    I think the officer was just pissed off that he got pepper sprayed.
    I'd kick some ass too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PB2012 View Post
    I think the officer was just pissed off that he got pepper sprayed.
    I'd kick some ass too!
    Correct, some people think policeman are some kind of robots. The perp deserved a good ass whipping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lacarnut View Post
    Correct, some people think policeman are some kind of robots. The perp deserved a good ass whipping.
    YEAH! Too bad they didn't kill the MF and save the state the cost of the trial.
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