What’s worse –the police brutality in Buffalo or the lying about it?

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After the incident in Buffalo, NY, where a 75-year old man was pushed to the ground by police and then left there, visibly bleeding from the head, the Buffalo PD released the following statement:

“a 5th person was arrested during a skirmish with other protestors and also charged with disorderly conduct. During that skirmish involving protestors, one person was injured when he tripped & fell.”

Here’s the video:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/video-shows-man-motionless-bleeding-from-the-head-after-buffalo-police-shove-him/2020/06/04/d227f5e6-17af-4791-8b87-c9d9c728e1fb_video.html

Along with the statement, Buffalo released the newest version of the “New Buffalo-American Dictionary, 2020 Edition” in which the following definition of “tripped & fell” appears:

v. tripped & felloccurs when someone, generally a police officer, pushes an individual down resulting in that individual hitting his head on the ground causing momentary unconsciousness and bleeding.

Obviously, I made up that definition. Sorry about that, but I couldn’t help myself. Police brutality is not funny. But the lie covering up the incident in Buffalo was so incredulous, so ridiculous, I had to respond. I did so in the best way I know how – by ridiculing the ridiculous.

And talking about ridiculous…don’t these people know everything they do ends up on video? If that’s not enough to stop them, I’m not sure what is.

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy.

4 thoughts on “What’s worse –the police brutality in Buffalo or the lying about it?

  1. Andrew Cuomo’s answer to the police brutality in NY is even more outrageous. He is having the Attorney General of New York open an investigation that wiil be ready in 30 days. How can he be so uncaring? I still don’t trust him.

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  2. we were luckier as children…no one was recording everything so it was only a matter of what we could convince our parents had happened….

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  3. That is another disgusting thing to watch and exactly the reason that I have been reluctant to go to these protests even though my heart is with all of these people. I am afraid that I will get hurt in the crowd!!! Such a sad, sad situation.

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  4. Hi Ted,

    The answer to your question is: yes. It is truly depressing that these cops felt so empowered that they could do this with impunity and then left him lying there bleeding. Do we feel better that they were “suspended”? Not really, but it’s a start.

    Shabbat shalom,

    Mike

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