Police Corruption, Brutality Still Problems Says Former Minneapolis Police Chief Bouza

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Ask any of the Occupy Minnesota protesters who had their face pushed into the pavement by police if police brutality is still a problem and they’ll say yes. Retired Minneapolis Police Chief Tony Bouza also agrees that police brutality is a problem as it has been for centuries.
“The behavior of the cops has not altered. The big problems are corruption and brutality.”

“The police world has remained amazingly constant since the Praetorian Guard,” says Bouza referring to the police of the Roman empire. He’s a critic of current police actions around the country but he says, “a loving critic.”

He doesn’t see much hope for substantial change until police chiefs dedicated to reform are appointed. Currently the main regress against police misconduct is to sue the city. This penalizes the city and its citizens but no effect on the police. He says, “The police are basically the instrument by which the overclass controls the underclass. That’s what they do.”

He faults the current Occupy movements for lack of clarity in objective. The Vietnam war protests were clear that in addition to opposing the war, they demanded that it end and to bring the troops home now. He’s not pessimistic about the future of Occupy, but cautious. “Until the giant’s attention is captured, not much will get done.”

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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