Something unpleasant on the way to work today.
Driving along, we got passed by a police car running its flashers. No big deal.
A few blocks later, just as we were about to turn into the street with my office, the police car stopped a car in the street. They didn't pull it over -- they stopped it right in the lane, blocking traffic. Traffic stayed blocked for the next two or three minutes.
So the cops stop this car and start pulling people out of it. (There were three young men and one young woman.) They resist at first -- they don't want to get out of the car. One cop pulls a gun. Pretty serious stuff.
Then this other guy appears... we'll call him Thug. Because he looks like a thug: stocky guy with a pouty face, leather jacket, shaven head. Thug gets out of a white Lada Niva, which is no BMW but is a nice car by local standards.
So Thug walks over and begins beating on the guys being pulled out of the car. I mean, he just starts hitting them. Hard. While the cops are dragging them out of the car and shoving them into the cop car.
What struck me was that the cops acted as if nothing was happening. I mean, they acted as if Thug didn't exist, even as he was beating the crap out of the guys they were arresting. So, you had a cop frog-marching a guy to the cop car and shoving him into the back, and Thug walking alongside and punching the guy in the face.
This went on for... I don't know. 60 seconds, maybe?
Then Thug went back to his white Lada Niva and drove off. The cop car with the guys in the back drove off. The sobbing girl from the victims' car got back in the car, and a cop got in the car, and I guess they drove off too. Traffic started flowing again.
A minute or two later, as we were pulling into the office, I thought, "I should have gotten the license plate numbers." Of the cop car, of Thug's car. I could report them to... somebody. The local ombudsman? The anti-corruption committee? Someone.
When people are in accidents or incidents it seems they never do get the license plate numbers. I used to think that was stupid; surely /I/ would do better. But maybe not.
And that's all.