My friend Ben Masel was very brutally assaulted by police while gathering signatures at a hip-hop concert on the UW-Madison Memorial Union Terrace. Ben runs against Sen. Kohl in the Democratic primary, as is his right. Officer Michael Mansavage, who was one of the two officers that forced Ben to the ground and assaulted him with pepper spray, was not at all in the right. Ben, on the other hand, is absolutely right to sue the UW-Madison police, which he did, and the trial has already begun. Professor of Telecommunications Barry Orton wrote about Ben’s testimony in today’s trial, and what we saw from that via the blog appears pretty damaging.
Now, I don’t know how every police/law enforcement officer doesn’t know this, but, he’s made a lot of money from suing the authorities for their infringements upon his civil rights (read: brutality). And rightfully so! How do they not know that they’re going to cost us, the taxpayers, a lot of money? Or maybe they do? It’s a puzzle.