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When Officer Jeremy Morse arrived at the Inglewood gas station in California Donovan Jackson was already fighting LA sheriffs deputies The deputies had stopped Jacksons father for expired registration tags on his car and were questioning him about his outdated drivers license they say when Jackson began attacking them The teen then turned on Officer Morse and clawed him in the head After the wildly thrashing teen was finally cuffed Morse picked him up and slammed him against a patrol car Morses attorney claims that Jackson had gone limp and the officers did not want him on the ground as a crowd was gathering Jackson then grabbed Morses testicles according to the police report filed immediately after the incident provoking Morse to hit him in the head Once a suspect is restrained an officers right to use force against him ends totally no matter how violent his previous behavior Absent the facts that Morse alleges he clearly used excessive and hence unlawful force But whether or not the teens hold on Morses privates legally justifies the punch a grand jury has decided it does not it certainly makes the blow more understandable and removes it from the realm of malice or gratuitous retaliation For that reason very few of the print articles on the incident and almost none of the TV stories tell the public about Jacksons behavior before and just after he was cuffed The media does present the police video of the incident but the video begins only with Jackson being thrown on the hood of the patrol car Either anchormen and reporters are extraordinarily ill informed about the news they cover or they have made a deliberate decision to withhold the context of Morses punch to heighten the appearance of raw brutality Up against such ignorant or biased reporting the police dont stand a chance How much is a cops life worth Judging by media attention not much On June 22 2002
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