Maybe there’s a legitimate law enforcement reason to strip a man naked, strap him to a chair, tie a “spit hood” around his mouth, put a hood over his head (see video at the link), and douse him with pepper spray until he dies. That’s what sheriff’s deputies in Lee County, Florida did to 62-year-old Nick Christie two-and-a-half years ago.
I certainly can’t think of any such legitimate reason. But Lee County State’s Attorney Stephen Russell apparently can. Because he cleared the deputies involved of any wrongdoing.
Being a human being who considers himself to be at least halfway decent; this is incredibly disturbing. This hit a little close to home, being a resident of Brevard County, Florida. What’s worse was I could not recall this being on any news station or coming up in any conversations with other locals. The increasingly deep low of nonfeeling and apathy with which society can view its neighbors with is abhorrent, to put it lightly.