My two most recent columns for PJ Media concern incidents in which people arrested by LAPD officers alleged that excessive force was used against them, one of them far more credibly than the other. In the first case, discussed here, Ronald Weekley Jr., age 20, was stopped by officers in Venice (not far from our own Rob Long’s house) for having committed some sort of traffic violation on his skateboard. He ran away, the officers chased him, and some manner of rough stuff ensued. Weekley claimed several injuries, none of which was apparent in the many media appearances he made after his release from jail.
In the second case, discussed here, Michelle Jordan, age 34, was stopped in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley for talking on a cell phone while driving. There was some sort of contretemps between her and the officers, resulting in her being wrestled to the ground and handcuffed. For reasons still unknown, one of the officers slammed her to the ground a second time, resulting in what appeared to be painful scrapes and bruises to her face, shoulders, and chest.
Both incidents were captured on video, though in the Weekley arrest the video begins well after his contact with the officers began. Both incidents received some news coverage here in Los Angeles, though Weekley’s arrest got far more. And while Mr. Weekley, who is black, has received the full-throated support of the local grievance industry, the members of which announced with all the sincerity they could muster that their reaction was not “about race,” they have had nothing at all to say about the white Ms. Jordan’s arrest despite her clearly more credible claim of having suffered at the hands of the police.
Yes, dear readers of the Ricochetti, when they say it’s not about race, you can rest assured that it is.