24-Mar-2010 (Wed)
Wherein a video of police brutality surfaces.

Some security camera footage of Bertrand and Ott's raid on The Room has recently been made public. The first part of this video is narrated by the bartender who was assaulted, the second by another witness.

A summary, from the video's description:

Last June, SFPD's Larry Bertrand and ABC's Michelle Ott came to bust The Room. They arrested 31-year-old bartender Javier who had left his ID at home, even though Mike Quan (the club's owner) offered to show them a copy that he had in his office. This surveillance video shows Bertrand kneeling on Javier's neck and twisting his arm.

They also confiscated most of the stock in the downstairs bar. Bertrand and Ott poured out an estimated 24 to 30 bottles of alcohol that were already open after Ott claimed that there were fruit flies in one of them.

Another segment shows DJ equipment destroyed by SFPD/ABC officers without any reason.


9 Responses:

  1. mattallen says:

    So it would seem to me that the venues really need to go on the short term defensive here, for instance, is there a way of using something like a kensington lock on the DJ gear? If not, jury rig something up. And come up with a reasonable excuse for not having the key/code whatever on your person (this equipment is owned by 'x' who isn't here right now).

    As for the physical abuse, it's high time someone got some A grade HD video gear setup to catch these mofo's in the act of beating someone up. Not grainy security cam footage, but hi-res quality video. Then stick that in the legal systems pipe and smoke em.

    And sorry for the ignorance, but what stops venues from closing their doors the second Bertrand and Ott show up? As long as said doors are strong enough to repel any attack, all the patrons and staff should be safe inside. Don't these venues have any security in play? I mean the 6'8" muscle bound type of security? I guess they don't get paid enough to keep the cops from beating the staff up.

    My capture words are "Cop tanner".... hmmmm

    • jered says:

      You must not have been paying attention the past few decades.

      Police brutality is almost never prosecuted, and even more rarely convicted. It's justified, "resisting arrest", "failure to comply with a lawful order", etc. I wouldn't bet on getting anywhere in the legal system.

      Getting the footage is useful, though, for public outrage and political purposes.

      • dasht says:

        "You must not have been paying attention the past few decades. / Police brutality is almost never prosecuted, and even more rarely convicted."

        Prior to that, it was prosecuted even less than less than almost never (and was also more commonly practiced).

        Oh well. At the very least, I am starting to get the strong smell of a desk job in Officer Bertrand's future, as you say.

    • dojothemouse says:

      They are obviously empowered and delighted to destroy anything that doesn't do what they say. DJ equipment that is locked up would have its locked parts destroyed. The DNA would never lock its exits with patrons inside, not even for a second.

      Better security footage would be better PR, yes.

      • dr_memory says:

        The DNA would never lock its exits with patrons inside, not even for a second.

        Doing so, in fact, would likely be cause for instant revocation of all of their various operating licenses for entirely correct fire code reasons. (Ironically, today is the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire...)

  2. harryh says:

    Any idea why it took ~10 months for this to be made public?

    • jwz says:

      A) Everyone in this industry seems to think, "maybe if we keep quiet, they'll leave us alone". Because everyone knows that the way you deal with a bully is to curl up and promise not to tell.

      B) The various lawyers and PR firms seem to think that if you post something on Youtube prior to wasting months trying to talk a local TV station into an "exclusive", your clip will never end up on TV. Because apparently they live in a world where TV news doesn't show Youtube clips all the time.

      C) Oh, wait, it didn't end up on TV anyway. Ten months well spent, guys!

      D) Nobody ever listens to me.