The point of this story seems to be to criticize cops for tasering, beating, pepper-spraying, and incarcerating a handicapped boy who apparently did nothing wrong.
Dayton police "mistook" a mentally handicapped teenager's speech impediment for "disrespect," so they Tasered, pepper-sprayed and beat him and called for backup from "upward of 20 police officers" after the boy rode his bicycle home to ask his mother for help, the boy's mom says.
But the larger issue is the culture that seems to exist among many police that disrespecting them is somehow a crime. Sorry, but it is not, anywhere in this country, a crime to disrespect a cop.
As an aside, the three words that are always a big flashing warming light for me are "he disrespected me." I am amazed when I hear this on the news all the time as if it justified whatever bad behavior that was to follow. In investigating customer service problems in our company, any employee of mine whose explanation of an incident with a customer that includes the line "he disrespected me" is not going to be an employee very long. Nothing gets in the way of good customer service faster than an employee trying to save face or protect his or her ego.
via Mike Riggs