The video–complete with Thomas pleading for his life–is after the jump. WARNING: Not for the faint of heart, but something that every Orange County resident should see, to remind themselves of what happens when a police force is out of control.
Plenty of cop “beat downs” can be found online, but how often does the officer who stops others from handing out the beating get fired for it? That’s exactly what’s happening to Officer Regina Tasca in the Bogota Police Department.
Tasca’s dashboard camera captured her as she attempted to stop two officers from beating an emotionally disturbed young man. Just days after the incident, she was told she was being suspended with pay. A year later, her trial is about to begin as the Bogota PD seeks to fire her.
Claudia C.: she lost it… what was the reason for such display of violence?
Rayn: I think Björk’s maternal instincts went into overdrive. For one, that particular reporter was stalking Björk from place to place, even as she attempted to avoid the woman. Secondly, as Björk was passing by the paparazzi, they attempted to ask her baby son questions, which she found to be most threatening!
Claudia C.: aha. I did not know that reporter was stalking her.
Rayn: No doubt! It’s not exactly obvious from this footage… I saw it on television, originally.