Partensky, the Police and Public Apathy

Something is really smelling fishy about this alleged case of police misconduct by Paretz Patensky: http://boingboing.net/2014/02/14/san-francisco-police-beat-up-a.html
First, from what I can tell this incident occurred in January and apart from the Cory Doctorow diatribe there seems not to have been any media attention at all, not even the local outlets like the Bay Guardian that eat up anything that might embarrass Mayor Ed Lee. In fact, the Doctorow piece itself seems to be almost exclusively based on Partensky’s own account on Medium (written in the bizarre tone of the great white savior of SOMA): https://medium.com/p/9f53ef6a1c10/

Partensky appears to be a serial dot-com personality. A bit of a poster child for the new entrepreneurial type that has taken over the SF Bay in the past couple of decades. He’s been involved, according to his LinkedIn profile, in a number of ventures in biotech, health and good old consulting and “synergy”. Fine. No problem there. And no reason based on that to necessarily doubt him. And I’m not saying that Police brutality isn’t a problem in SF and other communities in the Bay Area. Just google the words police brutality and san francisco to get a taste of what I mean.

What I find odd is the notion that this treatment of citizens, normally reserved for people of color and the homeless, would suddenly and irrationally lash out at white middle class techies without some provocation or justification. And as we have only Partensky’s side of the story to go on for now, maybe we should reserve judgement.

Better yet, maybe we should ask why Partensky’s story is motivating so many people to outrage when this:

http://blog.sfgate.com/crime/2013/11/18/video-prompts-cries-of-s-f-police-brutality/

had very little effect. Ask yourself if you had known about these too if you would have realistically been as outraged and as motivated to retweet/share/comment so quickly. You probably should have, but if you didn’t, why is Partensky such a poster boy?

“What’s the harm?” you say? “At least we’re paying attention now.” You mean at least we’re paying attention FOR now. Let’s be upset even after Partensky’s story fades away. Let’s ask Ed Lee about why Partensky is the least of SFPD’s problematic behavior.