These are the sick bastards that our communities are hiring these days to be cops. It's a good bet that many are veterans with all kinds of psych problems from their war experiences. Others, like the kicker, who should be jailed for his actions, are either that, or they are sick individuals who are attracted to the job of cop, and get hired because nobody really cares that they are twisted.
We live in a militarized state, and our police are treating the public the same way that our troops treat the civilians in the countries we are occupying, like Iraq and Afghanistan.
We ignore this kind of outrage at all of our peril.
The Henderson City Council has voted unanimously to approve a $158,500 settlement to Adam Greene for civil rights violations at the hands of the Henderson Police Department. Another $99,000 was approved by the city attorney's office to be paid to Greene's wife, Brittany, the maximum amount allowed without approval from the City Council.
Greene was stopped on Oct. 29 by Nevada Highway Patrol and Henderson Police officers for erratic driving at Lake Mead Boulevard and Boulder Highway. Video from a camera mounted in a Henderson patrol car shows Greene being pulled from the vehicle and subdued by five officers. While Greene was on the ground, a sixth officer approached and delivered four forceful kicks to Greene's upper body.
Greene, a diabetic, was suffering from a medical episode that caused the erratic driving.
"We have some influence in his pocket," an officer was heard saying on the tape, referring to what later would be positively identified as a vial of insulin.
Seconds later, an officer said, "OK, let's get medical out here, he's a diabetic. He's probably in shock."
Later, the officers were heard laughing and joking about the incident.
"It was difficult to watch," said Greene about the video, which can be viewed at hendersonpress.com. "I don't remember the incident at all. My memory's completely blank, which is fortunate for me. But it's a little surreal and strange to watch."
Greene suffered broken ribs, a black eye and multiple abrasions from the incident that he said took about two months to fully heal.
The Henderson Police Department has implemented procedural changes, due in part to this incident.
"I don't harbor any ill will toward the officers at all," said Greene. "I respect the police. I think they do a really difficult job.
"My father was a highway patrolman," he added. "The officers need to be able to distinguish between a medical emergency and all the other stuff they have to deal with."
The state of Nevada also paid Greene $35,000 as part of the settlement.
"We feel really good about the settlement," said Greene, though he says no city or police representative has ever apologized for the incident. "We believe it's fair, and we're happy to be done with it and move on with our lives."