I have been struggling this last week or so, and I haven’t been able to put my finger on it. Finally, I think I am starting to scratch beneath the surface, to work out why this horrific story of Mido Macia, the taxi driver who was cuffed and dragged by a police van, and who later died of his injuries, is so upsetting.

First of all, I could not come to terms with the fact that there was a video; someone had recorded this horrific act on a cellphone. Then I could not imagine actually watching it. And still, I knew, if it wasn’t for the video these cops wouldn’t have been caught.

Over and over again though, I try to imagine what split in the brain takes place that people can allow themselves to inflict such grotesque pain on another human being. I make this statement general. I know that the police in this country (and others) are under resourced, over stressed, desperate, and have all seen the hideous and unbelievable. But they are still people. And people should not be able to do this kind of thing to other people; regardless of who they are and what they have done.

The detailed description of the pain he suffered before he died makes me want to gag. I cannot ever read it to the end. And there were people who did it, people who watched it happen live, people who watched the video footage.

Today, in court, the cops’ defence team brought evidence to light that this man was involved in an accident that killed five children. As if somehow this was an excuse to torture him until he died. It makes me sick. It makes me sick that people can do what they do.