Once in a while, justice is upheld.
A pair of New York policemen arrested a teenager, forced him to take off half his clothes, kicked him, and and dumped him in a swamp. Then they drove away.
Does this seem excessive to you? It didn’t to them.
They have pled guilty. Each of them must pay the youth $5,000.
The two cops were assigned to new duties.
What had been his crime? He threw eggs at cars on Halloween.
The teenager has been arrested repeatedly since the incident.
So, what have we learned?
First, the police should find better ways to deal with goof-off teenagers.
Second, the courts should treat repeated crimes as serious.
Third, parents should be help financially responsible for their children’s infractions.
Fourth, the money should go to the victims, not to the government. Fines are the wrong approach. Restitution is the right approach.