More Police Misconduct in Delaware

A video of a Delaware trooper pulling a gun on a man named Mack Buckley during a traffic stop was recently posted on social media. This is the second arrest video to surface in a week questioning police tactics. The first video concerns two New Castle County Police repeatedly punching a boy who was being arrested during a marijuana investigation. The videos, provided via the News Journal, are embedded below:

Erica Marshall, Manager of the Delaware Campaign for Smart Justice, had this response to the beating video: “The ACLU of Delaware and the Delaware Campaign for Smart Justice commend the Attorney General for opening an investigation into the beating of Roger Brown by New Castle County law enforcement officers.

We urge the New Castle County Police Department to suspend the officer involved in the attack pending the thorough and complete investigation by the AG’s office. We await the result of the investigation, but it is difficult to imagine circumstances that justify multiple officers pinning down a 16-year-old boy and punching him repeatedly in the face.

This incident also highlights the urgent need for more accountability and transparency on the part of law enforcement in Delaware. Police agencies across the state have a frayed relationship with many of the people they police. Repairing that relationship is essential to making our communities safe and just, and it will require holding officers accountable when they do wrong. Improving trust between officers and the people they serve also means providing enough transparency to judge whether such accountability exists.

Finally, we applaud Roger’s friend Jaiden for continuing to record this situation despite attempts by officers to get him to leave the scene. Recording the police is a First Amendment right.”

I haven’t any ACLU statement concerning the Mack Buckley video yet, but will update this post if one is released. The Delaware Attorney General’s Office said it will review the arrest of a 16-year-old boy by New Castle County police. AG Kathy Jennings said the AG’s Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust has initiated an investigation in the incident.

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7 comments on “More Police Misconduct in Delaware

  1. These are just the incidents we know about, the police in this state, all of them, do as they like with little fear of consequences. Expect the politicians to express “concern” and then run for cover in their usual cowardly fashion, in the meantime the police “close ranks” and issue statements that attempt to cover up what actually happened.

    • The other anono

      Until you or your family need the police, then it’s a different story!

      • cassandram

        Well, no, it’s not a different story. If I call the police it is because I need law enforcement help, not more lawlessness.

        • The other anono

          Sorry, this is what I’m addressing: “the police in this state, all of them, do as they like with little fear of consequences.”
          I deal with different police agencies throughout the State of DE. Yes, in any organizations there are some that take it way, too far. “All of them? I don’t think so.

          Concerning the gentleman in the car, we are looking at a spinet, we don’t know how long it took the officer to pull the gentleman over, did his car fit a description of an incident? So, yes an investigation needs to take place, to tell the whole story. Here’s a lesson from Chris Rock

          Just a little humor…….

      • The Truth Like Yeezus

        Need the police for what exactly?

        If someone is kicking in my door in the middle of the night and my options are grabbing my M4 from beside the bed or calling the cops and waiting 10 to 15 minutes I’d say it’s a no brainer.

        Futher more I’d remind you how those Cowards of Broward stood around outside too scared to confront Nick Cruz as he gunned down 17 people.

  2. Ross Logan

    Looks like you’re missing a “Ka” in front of “thy Jennings” in the last sentence there.

  3. “…punching him repeatedly in the face.”

    If the situation was reversed, you’d use a stronger word than “misconduct”.

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