SOUTH STREET ROSHOMON: Police Brutality Or Brought It On Themselves? Depends On Who You Ask

police_brutality.jpgDAILY NEWS: Olivia Cotton, 18, said that she and her sister were on South Street with friends when cops began clearing the crowd. […] “I got punched, kicked; they stomped my head, and they Maced me two times,” she said. “And they Tasered me on my leg.” Her 14-year-old sister was punched in the head and blacked out, said Jonathan James, the pair’s attorney. Cotton’s sister also sustained two long scratches on her breast after her shirt was pulled down during the arrest, James said. Police also sprayed pepper-spray in her mouth and throat, zapped her with a Taser in the back, then lifted by her hair and threw her against a building, her attorney said. A police source said that Cotton struck a sergeant on South Street near 4th. The sergeant was taken to a hospital for treatment of a cut above his eye. Cotton struggled with a Highway Patrol officer and state troopers who arrested her for allegedly striking the sergeant. Cotton’s sister was arrested when she tried to intervene, the source said. MORE

WIKIPEDIA: The Rashomon effect is the effect of the subjectivity of perception on recollection, by which observers of an event are able to produce substantially different but equally plausible accounts of it. It is named for Akira Kurosawa‘s film Rashomon, in which a crime witnessed by four individuals is described in four mutually contradictory ways.

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