In Fullerton CA, the police beat a mentally ill homeless man into a coma. He died five days later. Why did they beat him? There is no answer except that the police had the freedom to do what they did. I couldn't watch the video; the description of it was quite enough.
For those of you who think the brutal beating of Kelly Thomas an isolated incident, here is an Omaha man who is charged for assaulting a police officer. The police are caught on the hospital surveillance video kicking, punching, and using a Taser on him. Watch the video and you'll be shocked at the intensity of the police violence. (This video, I could watch; the Thomas video, I could not.) After watching that, you may wonder why the Omaha man is being charged with assaulting a police officer. Because the charges against him help justify what the cops did to him.