Ted Cruz, International (Canadio-Cuban) Man of Integrity and Principle endorsed Donald Trump yesterday, because we don't care why, we are watching this instead.


A 15-year-old girl from Maryland was riding her bike and collided with an old white dude in a car. She said she wasn't hurt, and declined a ride to the hospital. Obviously, the cops had to take her either to a hospital or her parents* -- that is what we call "fair enough!"

* Update, thanks to commenter Pinkham's Law since I had stopped reading the original story after the horrible video: The cops took her to neither the hospital nor her parents but to the police station instead. Huh, how about that? Now, as you were!

The girl goes batshit and freaks out -- I mean, REALLY FREAKS OUT. Perhaps there is a reason she does not want her parents disturbed! Maybe she has internalized the lesson over the past few centuries that the police are not her friend! Could be both!

Whatever the reason for her ear-splitting meltdown, the police do not try to deescalate or defuse the situation. They don't coax or wheedle or use gentle tones or call her "honey." A tall, slim, youngish black man stands by, trying to help and trying to defuse. They order him BACK! BACK! "I am back," he says. But he stays, watchful, doing everything right and everything his mother (presumably) taught him about dealing with police.

Soon enough, there are multiple cops on the girl, grabbing her arms, HARD. They are handcuffing her for doing nothing wrong except having a mouth on her and not being terribly helpful.

They take her to a squad car (again, they have to get her to her parents, FAIR ENOUGH) but she resists putting her feet inside. "Stop resisting!" they tell her, and she screams "I'm not!" (She really is.)

She is still crying, but she's calmed the fuck down by a lot. She is no longer kicking or shrieking or even dropping that many fuck-yous. She is just weeping. She has been roughed up and cuffed and arrested for riding her bike, three big men overpowering her autonomy. So that of course is when an officer puts his pepper spray through the cracked squad car window and sprays her right in the face, while she's handcuffed, and that's when we stopped watching.

"She should not have talked to cops that way!" people will say, and they're right! We don't think anyone should talk to anyone that way! "She should have told the cops her name, and her parents' number, and not kicked them or resisted and all the other things!" Sure, you bet! All true! Absolutely!

And if police can arrest a mass bomber WHO IS SHOOTING AT THEM, they should also be able to get a pissed-off teenager back to her parents without roughing her up and pepper-spraying her in the face while she's already in their squad car, even if she's throwing a really bad tantrum or even crying when they don't want to hear it.

It doesn't seem like a lot to ask.

Oh, and Ted Cruz has no balls, but you knew that already.

[BoingBoing]

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