Talespin tips: Don't pick a fight with cops and don't eat crack cocaine
An RPI student, Nicolas Nigro, is claiming he video taped a number of police officers beating a fellow student, Luis M. Lluberes.
The video is fuzzy and dark and it's difficult to determine what is going on were it not for the commentary of the student behind the camera.
"He is an RPI student. What reason does an RPI student have to get hit with anything," said Nigro with an air of superiority as silhouettes presumably beat a fellow student with nightsticks.
Here are a few reasons: According to reports, Lluberes pushed Officer Brandon Cipperly with two hands, took a swing at him and tried to take his nightstick. And according to Police Chief John Tedesco, Lluberes was very intoxicated and he put up such a fight it took three officers to get him under control.
When I was growing up, it was kind of understood that if you go out, get hammered and pick a fight with the police you're gonna get a good ass whooping.
It was and still is as sure a thing as gravity.
From what we've seen and heard and know, the cops did nothing wrong.
The only thing questionable is giving Nigro tickets for open container and disorderly conduct. But, we can't blame the cops there either.
Tedesco said Nigro refused to leave the scene. While we're not sure what transpired before the cops gave him a ticket, another general rule of thumb we learned while growing up was that if you act like a jerk, you're probably going to get a ticket. If you show some respect, you stand a good chance of walking away with a warning.
Maybe RPI can work that very simple lesson in between quantum physics and molecular biology classes.
Don't eat crack cocaine
Monday, Tedesco held a press conference to talk about a man, Herbert Flowers, who died while in police custody after he ingested a substantial amount of crack cocaine.
The autopsy report pretty much concluded a substantial amount equals enough to kill him.
We weren't there for the press conference, but we heard that one of the television reporters asked the chief something like "what lesson is there to be had here."
Sgt. Terry Buchanan, was promoted to captain today, whispered to a couple print journalists the only logical answer: "Don't eat crack cocaine. Don't do it."
He's a pretty smart guy that Buchanan. It's no wonder he got a promotion.
There you have it. Our tips of the day. Dear Abby eat your heart out.