Coming soon to be a security guard near you

Further proving the theory that bad behavior caught on tape once likely indicates a hundred incidents not recorded, ABC news has managed to come up with more tape of infamous Baltimore cop Salvatore Rivieri abusing the public. Yep, he’s wearing the shirt that says BALTIMORE’S FINEST on the back in this one too.

Billy Friebele is the person being abused by Officer Rivieri in this video, and he’s identified in the video as being one of ours, though his ties with the Baltimore area are apparently strong as well. He does interesting-sounding art. I wonder if this video project that Officer Unfriendly punted ever turned into something?

Here’s the description of one of his previous bits of art from the Art on the Gwynn’s Fall Trail exhibit document[pdf]

Space Invader
Materials: Wood, dowels, cord, and eyelet screws
“I am interested in how forms that surrounded us have a visceral affect on our thoughts, emotions and physical sensations. I am trying to raise aware- ness of the body in space and examine our relationship with the immediate environment, the crevices and vacuous spaces in which we live and seek refuge, and the substantially more complex public realm, which we navi- gate. It is in the open spaces, created for public assembly where we discover a confluence of disparate cultures, influences and personalities. Spontane- ous interactions and chance encounters are made possible by the emptiness within the form of public space. Perhaps more than in private space, these places reveal value systems subsumed in physical form. I am interested in exposing how all the spaces that we create and inhabit reveal fundamental assumptions about our environment and ourselves.”

1 Comment so far

  1. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on February 18th, 2008 @ 5:37 pm

    What a jackass. The cop, that is. I have known many cops with attitude problems like this jerk has. They were jerks too – imagine that.

    I hope Officer Jackass gets canned. That would be good for Baltimore. Unfortunately, I think the days of making someone leave town are over, unless you count being sent to secret detention centers.

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