An epidemic of police brutality and outright crazy behavior from law enforcement was illustrated once again, as an executive officer of the Minneapolis SWAT team “Superman punched” Brian Vander Lee for talking too loud on his cell phone while standing on the patio of a restaurant.
The account given by Brian Vander Lee’s friend in the video below perfectly captures the disbelief when those who are sworn to protect the public become predators. An interesting background note is mentioned about the assailant, Sgt. David Clifford, in the Raw Story article about the incident:
An online biography indicated that Clifford had served with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division as team leader of Personal Security Detachments in Kosovo and Iraq.
While it would be unfair to definitively conclude that Clifford’s training and experience might have desensitized him to acts of extreme violence, it is a footnote that should give pause as police throughout the country continue on a militarized path, with many local law enforcement agencies hiring those who have spent time in dangerous theaters of war.
Brian Vander Lee’s family can receive benefit donations at any TCF Bank location for those who can lend their support to help cover costs for this outrageous and tragic incident that caused this father of four to spend Father’s Day in intensive care.
Update: good news is being reported by MyFox9.com: Brian is responding to commands and can wiggle his fingers and toes. Meanwhile, Sgt. David Clifford has officially been charged with 3rd degree assault. Do you believe this is a fitting charge for the crime? Feel free to comment below.