police officer aims weapon at protesters
(Image: AP/Richard Tsong-Taata)

The principles which many police forces and individual officers bring to their work are being laid bare, in graphic moving imagery. It isn’t pretty. What is apparent to all who are willing to see is what the minority victims of policy brutality have been telling us for, well, ever.

I wrote last week about a seemingly strange phenomenon, clearly observable in the Surry Hills incident when a NSW police officer was filmed violently taking down an Indigenous teenager who had given him some (inexcusable) lip. What struck me was the officer’s unconcern about the fact that he was being recorded, leading to the conclusion that he must not have been worried at all about facing consequences for his actions.

The same thing is being noticed around the world, especially in America. It has been remarked that Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin was very comfortable being filmed for the whole eight minutes and 46 seconds spent pressing his knee into George Floyd’s neck, as were the three other officers
who stood by watching.