Policemen Strike Again

It is not new that a couple (or many) policemen think they are above law and are allowed to do whatever their sometimes rather little brain can think about. No matter if stepping on people’s chest, or making them choke on duct tape. They know they will most probably get no punishment, or maybe just a couple of months of punishment.
You’d think that they would face the same punishment like every normal human being as well, but hey, we are in Austria. It is totally okay to shit and spit on human rights. You can act like Haider and remove city-signs. You can be Schuessel and say sweet fuck nothing, and if you say something, make sure it is totally obvious that you are not interested in democracy. Heck, just go and shake hands with Berlusconi!
Anyways, i dont want to rant here about politics. That would fill up the whole page with very bad and insulting words, plus it would stress me and yeah… let’s not do it.
Today i read that our policemen did a great job again. Oh yes.
The 3 policemen, part of the WEGA Team, were supposed to bring Bakary J. back to Gambia. Now, we could discuss the idiocy of the austrian system about sending back asylum seekers when they are already married to austrian men/women. In this case, Bakary has an austrian wife and 2 kids. But lets just ignore this fact. Let’s go on with the story. Bakary refused to get on the airplane, and told the pilot that he doesnt want to go away because he has a wife and 2 kids here. The pilot of said plane refused to fly Bakary back to Gambia. Maybe because he is a human being and understood Bakary. Maybe he thought that flying “home” an african man accompied by policemen could lead to death of the african man. I am not sure why he made this decision.
Our WEGA troup got a little bit pissed, and decided to take Bakary for a short little walk around. They drove him to a storehouse in Leopoldstadt, a storehouse that is used by the police for training purposes. No, they didnt want to drink a Melange with Bakary and talk to him. Nah. According to the Standard, they made him sit on the floor and continued driving the car in front of him, threatening him to run him over. Furthermore they kicked/beated him up.
Yes, a few of you might ask why i didnt mention that Bakary has been convicted 2 times for drug dealing. No, i did not forget that. But it cant be that because of drug dealing, or any other crime, you get beaten up and threatened.
Furthermore, if you are married with an austrian, have 2 kids, how can someone really think about sending you miles away? Dont start the whole: omg he is illegal! thing with me. No human being is illegal. Okay, maybe Britney Spears and the members of Tokio Hotel are. There has to be a more human way, wihout ruining lifes or physical violence or killing.
The 3 policemen will now face the court. I bet they wont get more than 4 months. Who is up for a bet?

8 Comments so far

  1. anon (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 6:37 pm

    You feel *sorry* for a drug dealer?


  2. Meral (unregistered) on April 15th, 2006 @ 10:02 pm

    Democracy is a rare, exotic fruit…
    Human rights had extincted long, long before dinasours…
    Respect for lives is a star outside of Milky Way.
    So those cops could not have been acquainted with all concepts, way of being (human).
    So no need to blame those cops, don’t be so harsh on them…


  3. scott (unregistered) on April 17th, 2006 @ 11:17 am

    It is particularly insipid when cops violate human rights. NO question. In the U.S., cops sometimes kill people for no good reason and face no consequences (such as during sport riots).

    But I find it particularly galling when asylum seekers — people who are relying on the good graces of a foreign civil society — commit crimes. Any crimes. Were it my situation, and my options were a) live a totally straight and rigid but peaceful and safe existence or b) be sent back to some turmoil and near-certain death, I would choose a and do everything in my power to avoid b. Getting busted twice for selling drugs should get this guy a prison term — and a long one.

    A few people I know here in Vienna have been victims of violent and petty crimes at the hands of “asylum seekers” — so it’s not an isolated incident by any stretch.


  4. daniela (unregistered) on April 17th, 2006 @ 10:51 pm

    @ Meral: i am harsh on people who are here to support and follow “human” orders but are using their powers over others and become violent. Dont get me wrong, i know that not every policeman is a violent psycho. Thats not the case, but people like the above mentioned article should not act like this.

    @ Scott: I know what you mean. But i wonder why they are committing crimes, even more when they know that getting asylum here is quite difficult.


  5. Meral (unregistered) on April 18th, 2006 @ 3:16 pm

    Daniela,
    I never had any problem with the way you describe those policemen. All I said was said in ironic manner!!!
    I cannot stand very basic criteria of respect for humans, which should have been a built in concept for us – to be violated: the right to live, respect of one’s physical integrity, the right not to be abused, tortured, humiliated in any way, are these so abstract concepts that people who have even a little bit power at their hands tend to ignore them? To encounter such things in ‘civilised’ Europe, where “respect to other” is said to be achieved long, long ago, is especially frustrating.


  6. daniela (unregistered) on April 18th, 2006 @ 3:23 pm

    Meral,

    i know it was ironic, i share your opinion about it. :)
    It seems that those people whoare actually here to protect are sometimes using their power for violent behaviour and against human rights. No matter if its in europe or any other place on this planet. And that is indeed sad and tragic.


  7. Meral (unregistered) on April 18th, 2006 @ 4:37 pm

    Daniela,
    You’re right: no matter which part of the planet, such events are indeed sad and tragic.
    What is frustrates me is to see such things happening in Europe, because those ‘civilised’ Euopeans bragging about the level human rights, etc in their own countries and despising other countries in case of human rights (see, what I mean is not those countries that violates humans rights should not be despised or criticised), yet seeing such things happening in those ‘civilised’ European countries AND seeing that people who committed such crimes evading easily! Not only the people but the legal system itself rotten.


  8. nate tabor (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 7:51 pm

    I am “illegial” in Vienna, and yet I dont deal drugs. Or commit any crimes. Perhpas this man should have thought of the possibility of being deported before he commited crimes. I am from New Orleans, whgere I was nearly murdered twice by drug dealers. The last thing we need in Wien are more drugs. Zero tolerance. And I am extreme left wing too by the way.

    Also cops should definatly keep their batons in their pants!



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