Earlier this week, Officer Rivieri of the Balitimore Police Department was suspended, pending an internal investigation, after a video of him harassing a 14 year-old and putting him into a headlock back in July of last year was posted to You Tube.
The officer told the teenagers to run, and as Tarburton was packing up his belongings, he said, the officer pointed a Taser in his face. "He was like a mad man. I don't even know what was wrong with the guy," Tarburton said. He said that before he could run away, the officer kicked him in the leg, and his leg crunched against his bike rim, breaking a portion of the wheel.
According to the Sun, "When he saw the video, Tarburton said he believed he recognized Rivieri as the officer who kicked him." It should come as no surprise that Rivieri's approach to law enforcement would eventually be caught on tape and posted to You Tube for the whole world to see, Rivieri knew it himself when he threatened Santo; what is surprising is that it took so long. As a 17 year veteran, it seems somewhat unlikely that he hasn't been acting this way for a while. For the first time in history, the whole world is watching, and society no longer needs the media to catapult these videos into the living rooms of families around the world.
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