You will get your ass beat if you rush the field at East Carolina after an upset!
Posted by Thomas the Terrible on September 10, 2008
Imagine if you will that your favorite team just pulled a major upset at home and with the adrenaline that is flowing you decide to rush the field like the other thousand or so fans. One would expect the cops to back off as long as people aren’t getting hurt or starting trouble. This isn’t the case at ECU in fact some people got their asses whipped and now there are plenty reports of police brutality flying around.
Several police departments and the school investigating claims that the police over reacted when jubilant students stormed the field. There are two incidents, specifically, that East Carolina University Police Chief Scott Shelton says they are investigating for claims of excessive force. The first one is where an officer is seen seemingly throwing punches. The other is an incident where an officer slams a person to the ground. Shelton says, celebration is not a crime and use of excessive force is unacceptable.
“There’s no denying what you saw on film was sickening in nature, now what we have to do is make sure that we do a thorough investigation and find out, not what the person did for him to be taken to the ground, but why the punches were thrown,” Shelton says.
ECU police are assisted at home football games by officers from a number of jurisdictions, including the City of Greenville, Pitt County Sheriff’s Department, the City of Kinston, and Lenoir County.
Shelton said that at a briefing before the game, all officers were told that if ECU won the game and fans attempted to come onto the field, officers should try to deter them by making themselves visible. But if that failed, he said, officers were instructed to step back and focus on making sure that those on the field stayed safe.
“Obviously, the safety of the students, fans and athletes at the game is our first concern,” Shelton said. “It is simply unacceptable that anyone at a game is the victim of excessive force.”
Even though I wrote this parody about being a USC cop it was just that…a parody.
I have seen some videos from last Saturday and they are disturbing. Police officers are supposed to serve and protect. But who will protect the people from the officers the kids were happy over ECU winning the game and some were brutally beaten and for what? Is it a crime to get excited over your home team winning? Believe me there are a lot of good officers but it just takes a few to make them all look bad. These people came out paid their money for tickets to support their home team and when they win they can’t get excited! In all the videos that I saw I did not see anyone strike an officer but I did see officers beating numerous people I guess its just because the people were running past them on the field and that probably made them mad since some of them demand respect as if they are some kind of god that we as citizens have to worship. I am all for abiding by the law and I respect all people not just members of law enforcement.
Watch the lower right corner of the video below.