Them that can’t do, teach

Sergio Herrera, a Chicago police officer, was accused in a 2010 lawsuit of teaming up with another officer to mace and beat a black man for no reason. The man was sitting in his parked car when Herrera’s colleague approached the vehicle. As the man went to retrieve his identification, the officer told him to “cuff up,” at which point Herrera entered the fray, spraying the man with mace according to the lawsuit. Both officers then allegedly proceeded to throw the man to the ground, strike him in the head with handcuffs, and dig their knees into his back. When the man asked for medical assistance, his pleas were ignored. Instead, the police took him to the station.

The lawsuit charges that the man’s ribs were fractured, and that he was left with permanent injuries as a result of the incident. The city of Chicago ended up paying the victim a settlement of $75,000, without admitting wrongdoing. Out-of-court settlements for civil rights violations are a common outcome for the department, which is plagued by lawsuits.

Now, Herrera has a new assignment: to be one of several officers who oversee the Chicago Police Department’s “implicit bias” trainings, a program intended to curb incidents of racist police violence.

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5 Responses to Them that can’t do, teach

  1. POd American says:

    Obviously looking for someone with first hand experience? Surprised that someone hasn’t mentioned the fact that “Sergio Herrera” sounds like a brown name!

  2. cato1776 says:

    Those that can’t teach, teach teachers.

  3. Nemo says:

    You just can’t make this shit up.

  4. ChuckN says:

    ‘Those that can, do; those that can’t, teach; those that can teach are driven out by those that can’t.’ This sums up my experience in the education world. We’re truly screwed.

  5. Mike-SMO says:

    I stopped riding with a friend who was a poor, distractable driver and who tended to grab suddenly under the front seat or in the console for where-ever he thought he might have put his wallet. Why he is still alive, I have no idea.

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