Protect and Serve?

August 5, 2009 at 9:53 pm 4 comments

   This isn’t really news as it’s from January, but I just stumbled upon it last week so I thought I’d provide a follow-up to the Iman Morales tragedy. I’m truly at a loss for words but  “disgusted” is a start and the “Fury” in this page’s title is there for a reason.

   A New York Daily News article reports that just five weeks after officer Nicholas Marchesona fatally fired a taser at Iman Morales, he was granted a promotion. That’s right, a promotion. The kind of negligent manslaughter that would land a civilian in court not only fails to put this officer there, not only fails to cost him his job, but ends in a promotion!

   For the eight days prior to the death of Lt Pigott, who gave Marchesona the order, Iman’s dying was regarded as a minor tragedy. After, however it was a mere detail. Praise and promotions are the order of the day apparently. Now the effort is to make the officers look as good as possible. The very same article says that an air mattress was being set up but it took until January for that to become the story. Prior to that, the question was whether one had been ordered and not waited for, or not ordered at all. I guess these are the details that get a little hazy when you kill a member of the disposable class.

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4 Comments

  • 1. KHorn  |  August 6, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    When it comes to police officers killing civilians everyone is a member of a disposable class. Mentally ill, minorities, and even white suburban college students are disposable if it means protecting the job and reputation of an officer. Cops protect each other, so what hope is there for justice in a system in which cops investigate each other.

    • 2. abellve  |  August 7, 2009 at 12:08 pm

      True, no one is more ill-equipped to police themselves than the police themselves, it seems. They do internal investigations, make policy changes and offer training as a PR move and little else.

  • 3. matt  |  August 7, 2009 at 2:09 am

    The more i read and hear what you say about this story, the more disgusted it makes me. I would love to hear what officer Nicholas Marchesona has to say to say about the whole situation. and also after reading this i realized i am part of something called the disposable class.

    • 4. abellve  |  August 7, 2009 at 12:04 pm

      I’d be interested to hear him too, though if history tells us anything, it would probably only piss us off more. And, yes–in a lot of ways Khorn is right and we are all a part of that class. I’m certain I am. Unfortunately though, people with mental health diagnoses are to a much greater extent and in many more eyes which is a very ugly thing to say. Change is coming though.


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