Police Brutality In The Disability World

What's Your Wheelchair

Currently, our country is experiencing horrific events of white police officers getting shot by black assailants. Racism and prejudice is nothing new, but it seems to be at an all-time high. Or so I thought.

I published the following video in August 2014. Two years later, here we are, experiencing what I believe is a reaction of inevitable revenge, however wrong it may be. The real question is what do we do about it and how do we make things better? Read and watch the following video published almost two years to the date.

Instances of police brutality seem to be at an all-time high and climbing. More often than not, the question of if it was race related is asked by society.  Some police officers and even entire police departments are somehow under the impression the badge they wear gives them entitlements beyond reason and protection from any consequences of wrong doing.

Brian Sterner broke his neck years ago and is a quadriplegic.  Sterner, who can drive, was arrested on a traffic violation. When he was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail, he couldn’t believe what happened next.  The following video can tell a thousand words.

The part that infuriates me the most is when Brian tried to get a written report about the incident, the major who runs the Orient Road Jail said there is no incident report because as far as they are concerned, they didn’t have a problem with, or cause a problem to, an inmate in a wheelchair.  The officers and staff that treated Brian in the way they did still work at the Orient Road Jail today.

I researched Brian Sterner’s history, looking for any type of violent behavior or prior arrests that could possibly justify the female officer being suspicious or concerned about Brian’s behavior. I didn’t find a thing.

Those in society with power of authority need to think before they act, not react. The consequences of reacting simply because you feel you have the authority to do so without just cause creates more victims, not justice.


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