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Assault caught on a cell phone camera; some men are meant to be heroes, some are dirty creeps who punch girls...
(BELLFLOWER, Calif.) - The excessive nature of 'casual' police brutality is revealed in a cell phone video clip recorded this week in Bellflower, California. A homeless woman named Julie Nelson, was punched in the face by a male deputy for refusing to exit a public bus while Jermaine Green, a U.S. Army Veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, recorded the police abuse from a clear perspective.
Needless to say, Green was shocked and more than dismayed by seeing an official so viciously and violently abuse a 42-year old disabled woman, and then threaten him with arrest over having recorded the video. Just imagine what a tiny percentage of these instances of police brutality are recorded; we're looking at the tip of the iceberg, it's good that Green was able to pull this off.
He had just completed six years service to his country, and to be confronted by this unimaginable scene, of a male cop punching a special needs woman right in the face, was too much. He says something needs to be done, and people need to speak out over police abuse rather than be intimidated.
This incident began when pair of LA County Sheriff's deputies boarded a bus that Green was riding with his girlfriend, Violet Roberts. The deputies approached Julie Nelson. Green says her special needs were "obvious".
He told NBC-TV Channel 4, that Nelson was polite and friendly toward the other passengers as she boarded the bus. Apparently she only began cursing at the deputies when they ordered her off the bus by name, indicating that they had some degree of familiarity.
KNBC in LA reported:
While Green contends that Nelson was calm and just another passenger prior to the law enforcement encounter, deputies say the woman had threatened a male passenger who called 911, and that was the reason for their response. It seems odd that Green and others on the bus didn't have any awareness of this.
One likely reason behind the deputy's approach, centers around the tendency of police to treat people with records in a different way than they would another citizen. However if you read about U.S. Civil Rights, there are no exclusions that grant an official a legal right to assault a person in this way because of something that may be guilty of in their past.
Naturally an officer will use a higher degree of caution when approaching people who are potentially unstable, but if you examine the size of these two deputies, they look more than capable of having dealt with this in a sensible way. The LA County Sheriff agrees. Lee Baca called the event involving his deputy "disturbing" and said at a news conference:
I think the deputies knew exactly who she was and that the male deputy quickly opted to slug the woman rather that take a different approach.
Watch the video, listen to the people who were there.
With regard to the deputy's attempt to steal Green's personal property, (the video) this soldier held his ground and did not let the deputy abscond with his evidence. Above all, Green cites something called 'rules of engagement" which every soldier fighting overseas knows like the back of their hand.
They explained this procedure to me as a reporter in Iraq and Afghanistan time and time again, and while there are bad apples in the military, the vast majority follow the rules, unlike this deputy from the LA County Sheriff's Dept. Police have gotten away with abusing citizens for decades and they need to be punished severely for behaving in ways like this that erode any and all respect for authority.
They literally transform the notion of power into one of intimidation and all too often, their victims are simple people like this woman aboard the bus. Surely there are many better ways in which this could have been handled.
FOX 11 reports that Los Angeles County sheriff's have an internal investigation underway over the deputy's striking of Julie Nelson. They say a "use of force" investigation has been launched. Agencies that are now investigating the incident include the sheriff's Internal Affairs Bureau, deputies at the Lakewood Station, and the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review.
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