Footage caught by a local news crew has led to an investigation by the Memphis police department into one officer’s conduct. In the footage you clearly see an officer striking the suspect with his baton and kicking him while on the ground.
The suspect, who appears to be unarmed, places himself on the ground after a brief chase, then has his arm struck with a baton when he raises it in an apparent defensive gesture. Once the suspect is cuffed and placed under arrest, the officer and his colleague can be seen lifting him by arms while his arm is placed around the subject’s neck.
According to a report filed in connection with the arrest, the suspect was arrested for allegedly hitting a woman and his child, and that he fought with officers. Now, we don’t know what went on before the news crew caught the incident, but the footage that was caught showed an officer using excessive force while the subject was not resisting.
Don’t get me wrong, according to the report the subject is no saint, but officers are held to a higher standard and expected to keep level-headed in situations. Having a badge does not give you the right to be a bully.
Mike Williams, head of the local police union, sees nothing wrong with the officer’s actions and his reasoning is unbelievable.
I don’t think they took it to a point, to me, to where it was excessive because I don’t think anybody had to go to the hospital, anyone was injured. You know, I think they deployed the [baton] right because you are allowed to strike people in the fatty parts of the body. But I don’t know if citizens are ready to see that, you know, because they’re like, ‘Oh, wow, they beat him.
WTF? Just because someone isn’t sent to a hospital or injured doesn’t make it any less of a crime. It was excessive because it went far beyond what was necessary for that situation. And since when is the hand considered a “fatty ” part of the body? He’s completely wrong. It’s not that citizens aren’t ready to see sh*t like this. Fact is, they are tired of seeing it!
Watch the news clip below:
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