After Video Shows Raging Cop Run Over and Kick a Compliant Biker, He’s Promoted to Captain
a Eugene man was awarded $180,000 by a jury after being run over and attacked
by an Oregon State Police officer.
video from the attack was also released along with the ruling. In the video,
Capt. Rob Edwards, with the OSP, is seen chasing down Justin Wilkens, running
his bike over, and then kicking the man so hard that he broke his collarbone.
dashcam video begins, Edwards, who is driving an unmarked Chevrolet Camaro, is
passed by Wilkens. Wilkens was seen passing cars in a no-passing zone, which
was a poor decision. However, an even poorer decision was for Edwards to do the
same thing in his vehicle that is several times wider than a motorcycle.
Wilkens realized he was being followed, he pulled off, at which point Edwards
rammed his vehicle into the motorcyclist. Edwards then exits the vehicle with
his gun drawn and front kicks the entirely peaceful and compliant Wilkens in
the chest so hard that it broke his clavicle and fractured his ribs.
to the Register-Guard, Wilkens, 41, denies trying to escape from the veteran
state trooper. He claims he didn’t recognize Edwards’ unmarked Chevrolet Camaro
as a police vehicle and did not realize he was being followed until moments
before he pulled the motorcycle to the side of the road and stopped.
being run down by the crazed cop, Wilkens testified that he thought he was
about to get a well-deserved speeding ticket. Instead, he got a hospital visit,
a damaged motorcycle, towing fees, and medical bills.
laughable testimony, Edwards admitted that Wilkens was complying with his
commands prior to unleashing the kick, but that he couldn’t stop his kick as he
“already had the muscles fired” in his right leg.
claiming his leg has a mind of his own wasn’t bad enough, Edwards then
attempted to tell the jury that the same thing happened to his brakes, which is
why he ran over Wilkens. In spite of the video clearly showing no attempt to
brake prior to his car ramming Wilkens, Edwards claimed that he “accidentally
bumped” the motorcycle as a result of “brake fade” — a term to describe
overheated brakes on older model vehicles.
actually experienced “brake fade,” Wilkens could be dead.
verdict last week, State Police released a statement that said the agency “is
disappointed with the (trial) outcome and feels the actions of our troopers
clearly did not violate established procedures or tactics. In situations like
these, officers have milliseconds to make what may be life-or-death decisions
and those officers should be shielded from the liability of civil damages.”
never suspended for this incident, and only received a written reprimand for
failing to report his use of force. In true blue privilege fashion, Edwards,
who was a lieutenant at the time of this stop, has since been promoted to
Captain and now he sits at the head of the entire OSP at their headquarters in
seen it? That’s crazy! One more brutal action against a peaceful unarmed man
was justified. What’s going on here? People who made Edwards a captain must be
retarded! This video shows very clearly that actions of Rob Edwards were
stupid, violent and excessive. Such manner of policing (?) is inadmissible and
such cop is inadmissible! Edwards was promoted but he should have been
suspended! Until such scumbags as Edwards beat people while on duty without
punishment and get the promotion we will never live in a free country.
Last week, Janese Talton-Jackson was murdered because she wasn’t interested in a man who was interested in her. The 29-year-old Black woman, a mother of three, was at a bar in Pittsburg when Charles McKinney approached her looking for a date. After she declined his advances, he followed her outside and fatally shot her in the chest.
If the story of Talton-Jackson’s murder sounds familiar, that’s probably because it’s almost exactly what happened to Mary Spears a couple years ago. In an interview with Hello Beautiful, Feminista Jones, who created the #YouOkSis hashtag to highlight women of color’s experiences with street harassment, points out that many of the cases of women facing retaliatory violence from men they’ve rejected—and there have been several that have made the news in recent years—have involved women of color, especially Black women.
“Street harassment has been an issue in which the experiences of Black women have gone ignored—even though the harassment is often harsher and starts earlier for us.” And she draws the connection between the disenfranchisement of Black men and violence against Black women: “For many Black men, the only power they feel is when they exert dominance over Black women, so with street harassment, it’s a public display of powerful manhood.”
This racial dynamic is worth noting—in part because, as Mychal wrote after Spears’ death, the devaluation of Black women’s lives means that there are no marches for Spears, or Talton-Jackson, or Daniel Holtzclaw’s victims. “No one has broken out the bullhorns or their comfortable sneakers,” he wrote. “There are no widespread calls to protect the autonomy of black women and their bodies. The community leaders haven’t deemed this unacceptable and a fate no one should ever face simply because they reject a man’s advances.”
It’s equally worth noting, though, that no community has a monopoly on this potentially violent sense of male sexual entitlement. That’s clear enough from just a quick perusal of the horrific stories that have been collected by the “When Women Refuse” Tumblr, which was created by Deanna Zandt after Elliot Rodger killed six people and himself in order “punish” all the girls who were never attracted to him in the Isla Vista massacre.
As we’ve all said many a time before, it’s #notallmen, but it’s enough men—enough men who’ve absorbed the idea that their masculinity depends on sexual conquest of women, enough men whose sense of masculinity is fragile enough to be threatened by one rejection, enough men who’ve learned that violence is a way to recoup their power—that saying “no” always carries a risk for women.
Another educational and scientific video about Undertale that makes you think.
Undertale has violence that matters, not graphical violence, but impactful violence and meaningful violence. You see, gore does not necessarily work as violence. The impact and actual feeling behind the violence matters more than the visceral feeling of committing the violence.
You can mash a button combo in Mortal K[C]ombat and watch your opponents characters head explode with brain goo splattering, you can rip their head off and watch their eyes dilate and glaze over, but when you hit rematch or play again, that character is still there. no one remembers or responds to you killing them. you can press a button and ragdoll hundreds of innocent civilians and burn them alive in GTA V, you can curbstomp that hooker after having first person sex with them and get your money back. you won’t see that person again until the randomizer makes a model with their details again, they are actually gone, but because you can’t kill characters important to the story without getting a game over, there is no feeling behind it.
There is only 3-5 characters in Undertale that you can’t scare away or kill. 3 of them are store vendors, one of which just is too apathetic, one that has no idea what is going on, and one that actually stands up and calls you out.
Undertale’s most graphically violent scene is either a pixelated smiley face flower being hacked to pixels, or a pixelated skeleton bleeding ketchup/person in a skeleton suit bleeding from a gut slash. you don’t see them die or any gore. some of the most emotional deaths are just anime style slashes through the body with no gore and then melting or turning into a cloud of dust.
think of some of the saddest death scenes in movies, not many show the moment of death or any gore. Meanwhile in movies like Kill Bill or Saw we barely feel anything even when characters die in a bloody gruesome scene.
Thats one of the reasons why I don’t feel Undertale is very overrated and why I feel like the emotions it gets out of players mean so much more because it was able to be done without 3D graphics or voice actors or a team of people on the game.