Incidences of police brutality continue to surface even after years of police reform across the U.S. Many of these police brutality cases are against minorities. Now that almost everyone owns a smart phone and more law enforcement officers wearing body cameras, these incidences of police brutality are being caught on camera. A video recently released shows a disturbing incident involving a Louisiana state trooper.
State trooper beating
A body camera video taken more than two years ago shows a Louisiana State Police trooper hitting a black motorist 18 times with a flashlight. The victim can be heard “I’m not resisting” multiple times between blows. The May 2019 beating left the victim with three broken ribs, a broken jaw, a broken wrist and a cut on the head that requires 6 staples to close. The State Police did not investigate this beating until 536 days after it happened and only after the victim filed a civil lawsuit. Federal prosecutors are also examining the case along with the case of another black man who was punched, stunned and dragged three weeks prior. The state trooper has since resigned but his record shows 23 use-of-force incidents, 19 of them targeting black people. The officer is facing charges of second-degree battery and malfeasance and additional charges for other offenses along with federal charges.
Civil rights attorney
If a person believes they have been treated unfairly they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in civil rights. They are dedicated to investigating circumstances where a person has been victimized because of their race. They will listen to their client’s story and help them explore their options. When police have misused their power and have engaged in excessive force it is important to hold them accountable.