At a young age, we are taught in elementary school that the police are our friends.
When our impressions of good and evil are in their formative stages, around kindergarten, we are shown pictures of firemen, doctors and police officers (also Johnny Bench) and taught "GOOD." We are shown pictures of robbers, thugs and bullies (also David Schwimmer) and taught "BAD."
As we grow and evolve, hopefully our experiences with law enforcement are decidedly positive, and we see them still as dutiful and brave first responders, and rarely see them as overbearing authority figures.
And hopefully we never see them as dirty players, as rule breakers.
Sadly, the young folks in Georgetown, Texas, have now had their childhood impressions of the police, at the very least, tainted by one rogue policeman-disguised-as-security.
Yeah, I'm looking right at you, George Bermudez.
Who? Okay, fair question.
In short, Bermudez is a Georgetown police officer who was hired to run security at a girls' state championship soccer game (because soccer and riots and what not, I guess). Apparently worried that 15-year-old girls and scrawny high school boys were going to wreck shop on innocent civilians, Bermudez began to take down some of the celebrators with a variety of dirty playground moves, like tripping, nudging and face palming.
Just do me a favor and watch this news report of this girls' high school state championship soccer game, then we can break this whole thing down. In particular, begin watching around the 0:05 mark for Bermudez and his heelish tactics...
Okay, a few high points (or low points if you're one of the kids on the business end of Bermudez's maneuvers) to pick out in this video:
0:05 -- Out of nowhere, Bermudez randomly trips some poor, unsuspecting sap in pink shorts and a visor...because the face of EVIL in 2014 wears a visor and is rushing the field at a Texas girls' state title game. EVIL loves girls' high school soccer!
0:12 -- Bermudez misses his finishing maneuver on a second girl, and if I had to give a scouting report on Bermudez, it's that he lacks lateral quickness. Also, since a daintily galloping high school girl escaped his takedown, I'm glad there were no real criminals at this game (that we know of).
0:14 -- Wow, this is the lead story on this news station. Um, slow news day, Austin?
0:45 -- A second angle shows poor visor/pink shorts guy (Girl? Can't really tell.) limping off and following this asshole's instructions, when literally every other person from the stands is now on the field celebrating. I mean, I guess you don't want to get into an argument with a cop, especially a rogue gangster like Bermudez, but what the hell, man. Also, I'm guessing his/her newly fractured tibia might be giving Visor Person something else to think about. (By the way, I'd have stayed down after that trip, acted like I was shot in the leg and started texting personal injury lawyers on my cell phone, but that's just me. I need the money. Also, isn't staying down and writhing in fake pain an appropriate way to react to being tripped at a soccer game, anyway?)
0:53 -- Bermudez ups his "heel game" by pushing two girls. All that's left is for Bermudez to give a some poor kid a wedgie and he will have hit for the Playground Bully Trifecta!
1:01 -- Rohan Gupta cuts a promo on Bermudez. YES, USE BETTER JUDGMENT, BERMUDEZ!! YOU ASSHOLE!! Tell him, Rohan!
Bermudez has been placed on leave by the police department, which ruins his plans of working the traffic crosswalk in front of the church in downtown Georgetown this Sunday, where he normally enjoys a casual morning of shoving old ladies into the oncoming-traffic lane and tipping over strollers with newborn babies in them.
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