"I hesitated because I was worried how it would look on the news."
Not "I hesitated because killing a man is a hell of a thing and should only be done in the most serious of circumstances."
Roper, the Birmingham police chief, called the fact bystanders would take pictures of an officer being beaten rather than help him, then proceed to post them, "absolutely inhumane." The online commenters only made it worse.
"It really speaks to the lack of their morality and humanity," the chief said. "People commented on the pictures in a celebratory fashion ... disregarding that this public servant has a family and is committed to serve in some of our most challenging communities."
Then what does it say about cops who join in on beatings instead of helping innocent victims?