On the weekend I posted how I had just heard a few of my friends had landed in jail. I've since been filled in to the whole story, and it's something I have a hard time dealing with. Quite a big group of my friends were at a public park drinking, several rookie cops who are recently on strike walk up in civilian clothes with kevlar over top and tell everyone to leave the park. Everyone starts walking away, mumbling "stupid pigs" and such, and the cops walk off. Fast forward two minutes and half the group is walking fast, half the group is walking slower. The cops come back and say "I thought I told you kids to leave?", in which place my friend says "What the **** does it look like we're doing?" as they were walking to catch up to everyone else. At this point the cop grabs her, who is 110lbs and maybe 5'3. Pins her to the ground and puts his hand over her mouth. Noone can believe it. At that point her boyfriend says "Hey get the **** off of my girlfriend she didn't do anything" and walking over, where a cop extends his extendo-baton and cracks him over the head. Meanwhile my other friend is like "Whoa whoa whoa! Noone is being violent calm the **** down, we're not doing ******* anything!!!" and HE get's an extendo-baton in the face. At this point the girl is back to a standing position and a cop hits her head off of the side of the cop car, and another friend tries to pick her up as the cop is trying to drag her back up as well. She says to our friend "Let me go!" and then punches the cop right in the nose, knocking him out and shattering his nose. At this point more cops have arrived and are pinning almost everyone against the ground face first with knees pinned at their necks. At this point they pepper spray 4 of them and put them in cuffs where they sit in the cop cars. There are still a few people not cuffed just standing there in disbelief of what just happened, as the cops joke around and laugh about it. Except for the one cop, who ended up in the hospital for a few days. 4 of them went to jail, one was let out the next day because they couldn't pin anything on her, the two guys were let out the day after that with bullcrap charges on bail, and the girl who put the cop out was let out on monday on bail. There were pictures documenting all the injuries sustained, on of them has been spitting out blood for 5 days. They are completely screwed financially and may go to jail. Of course noone should have been there in the first place, drinking in public is against the law, but that does not give an officer any right to use ANY force on anyone for anything. It's obviously that there are no real steps that can be taken legally to support my friends in what happened. So what DO you do when the legal system abuses it's power, and what do you do to fight police brutality? Nobody in the situation is saying that we are the most model citizens, but being attacked by someone with a weapon when you aren't being violent or even posing a threat is wrong. Who polices the police? Who would even care that 4 punks got roughed up and thrown in jail because some rookie cops wanted to get a thrill?