There are so many disturbing things brought up in this video. First is the news reporter’s emphasis that neither suspect had a criminal record. Would it have made a difference if the suspects did have a criminal record?
Secondly, at approx 2:50 the reporter sits down with a Seattle Police Sergeant who is obviously there to just downplay the situation. His comment that the incident had been investigated by their department’s internal “professionalism board” and that the citizens need to place more trust the police to take care of the problem. Really? Too much trust is exactly why we are in this situation.
Finally, the most disturbing portion is at the end when the reporter reveals the thousands of dash cam videos that are missing. This is just another illustration of how cops aren’t there to protect you or your rights and also another illustration of why you should go out of your way to film the police at every available opportunity. The police have a much harder time trying to “lose” your video.
Josh Lawson and Christopher Franklin filed a claim against the city Monday for excessive force and wrongful arrest.
The two were arrested at gunpoint on November 16, 2010 and said the incident changed their lives forever.
“I thought I was gonna die,” Lawson said about that night.
Franklin said it was “the most terrifying thing I’ve ever experienced.”
Both men said they suffered facial bruises and swelling after one was kicked and the other man-handled into the pavement while being arrested. But then listen to what an officer says on an audio recording after he takes the two to holding cells: “Well, you’re going to jail for robbery that’s all.”
You then hear Franklin ask, “for robbery?” And the officer responds, “Yeah, I’m gonna make stuff up.”
Franklin believed him.
“He showed me that he has the power to do whatever he wanted that night,” he said. “He has a badge, and all we can do is nothing.”
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