The New York Police Department further angered opponents of police brutality after recent mass protests over the death of Eric Garner when it tweeted a famous movie villain's speech Monday featuring the line, "You can't handle the truth." However, it was the NYPD that apparently couldn't handle "truth" in the speech from "A Few Good Men." The tweet was quickly removed. But not before it caught the eye of people across the nation decrying the NYPD's treatment of black men.
The tweet read, "Motivational Monday -- courtesy of Jack Nicholson in 'A Few Good Men.' " It was published after thousands of people flooded the city over the weekend to demonstrate against a recent grand jury decision to not bring charges against a white police officer who killed Garner of Staten Island with a chokehold in July. The speech comes from a famous courtroom scene where Nicholson's character, Col. Nathan Jessup, Nicholson's character, attempts to defend the extreme violence used against an innocent man that led to his death, according to AOL news.
"You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives," the character says in the movie. "You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punch line. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to."
— Juan Vasquez (@JuanSVas) December 15, 2014
— Fidel Martinez (@fidmart85) December 15, 2014