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Kudos to CNN for leading its Obama Beer Summit story with who drank what instead of who said what. There’s a special place in hell for people who pander. Also, did you know Obama had another meeting yesterday, with Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo? Of course not.
While we’re on the topic of elevating abusive cops above world leaders, I’ve got two more candidates for future beer summits—and one of ’em’s local!
In Mobile, Alabama, cops tazed and pepper-sprayed a deaf man with a mental age of 10 because he spent too much time in a dollar store bathroom:
Love…says he was not feeling well and was in the bathroom for about a half-hour before the police “throw poison under the door.” Soon they broke into the bathroom, he recalled in an account he wrote for his family, and “the police get the tazz three strings in my stomach, chest and hand and hit my head.” Later, he says, “I saw police laugh at me.”
According to Jacob Sullum at Reason, the cops arrested Love even after they learned he wasn’t the average vagrant.
And according to HuffPo’s Arthur Delaney, D.C. cops recently pulled a Gates-like stunt on U Street:
[Tuma] told the Huffington Post that in a loud sing-song voice, he then chanted, “I hate the police, I hate the police.”
One officer reacted strongly to Tuma’s song. “Hey! Hey! Who do you think you’re talking to?” Tuma recalled the officer shouting as he strode across an intersection to where Tuma was standing. “Who do you think you are to think you can talk to a police officer like that?” the police officer said, according to Luke Platzer, 30, one of Tuma’s companions.
Tuma said he responded, “It is not illegal to say I hate the police. It’s not illegal to express my opinion walking down the street.”
According to Tuma and Platzer, the officer pushed Tuma against an electric utility box, continuing to ask who he thought he was and to say he couldn’t talk to police like that.
Tuma was arrested for disorderly conduct.
In fact, all three men–Gates, Love, Tuma–we’re charged with disorderly conduct. How many of them are going to sip beers in the garden behind the White House? The mentally disabled deaf man? He wouldn’t have much to say. The loud-mouth gay guy? He had it coming. And Gates? Well duh! He’s already famous!
And a little side note to Warren Goldstein at HuffPo, who frames white privilege by talking about how he almost house-sat the wrong house but wasn’t arrested when a patrol car showed up because he is white: You were spared arrest, Mr. Goldstein, not just because of your skin color, but also because you were polite. Authority demands respect, and when you give it, authority rewards you by not arresting your ass on bullshit charges.
More beer summits!