Monday, April 20, 2009
Off Duty Policeman Suspended For Joking @ a Bar About A Homicide Victim
The head of the NAACP says a western Pennsylvania police officer should resign over an Internet video showing him in a bar, apparently intoxicated, joking about a homicide victim.
Erie patrol officer James Cousins II, 40, was suspended for the profanity-laced off-duty rant in which he talks about Rondale Jennings Sr., 31, who died March 28 of a gunshot to the head outside the bar.
On the tape, Cousins says he took a picture because the body was lying below a malt liquor sign that reads "Take it to the head." He laughs as he recounts seeing the dead man's leg twitch and the reaction of the victim's mother as she identifies him.
The Rev. Michael T. Williams, president of Erie's African American Concerned Clergy, called for the officer's dismissal at a news conference Friday.
"How can a police officer, who is hired to serve and protect the citizens of this community, out of his same mouth, speak words full of mockery and insultation?" Williams said.
In their study, Bluthenthal and his team interviewed 329 drinkers. Of this group, 297 reported drinking malt liquor, regular beer or hard liquor in the past 90 days. Among these, 88 percent were black, 72 percent were male and 35 percent were unemployed.
They are trying to fire this guy because he was OFF Duty @ a bar making fun of a shooting victim that happened to be over a malt liquor sign.
He shouldn't be fired he has firt Amendment rights its called freedom of speech