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Churchill: Neighbors have different view of police beatings

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The house across the street from Michael Korzyk's home is a problem for the neighborhood. A big problem.

For more than a year, according to Korzyk and others, the house at 523 First Street in West Hill has been a nightclub, essentially, right in their residential neighborhood. Police have been called to the house dozens and dozens of times.

Police arrived at the house again March 16, early in the morning. That's when body cameras recorded police kicking in the front door and beating several men, leading to the arrest of one cop and the suspension of two others.

In a prior column, I said the behavior of some officers at the scene was reprehensible, and I still believe that. The video clips released by the police department show an appalling and ugly scene.

Police Chief Eric Hawkins, in a Tuesday press conference with Mayor Kathy Sheehan, said officers inappropriately escalated the confrontation and turned it violent. He condemned "the misconduct" and said it won't be tolerated.

But Korzyk, 58, has a different view — the one from his front window. He believes the officers were finally addressing a problem that was allowed to fester........

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