Police Caught on Video Beating Two Brothers for What Appears to be No Reason
by Dr Boyce Watkins
A police department in Tukwila, Washington is under fire after an incident that appears to represent serious police brutality. The complaint charges that officers used unnecessary force against two brothers that they’d taken into custody. They were not only allegedly beaten, but then refused much-needed medical attention.
The incident involves two brothers, Charles Chappelle and Jahmez Amili. They’d been drinking and were walking down the street, when a police officer pulled up next to them. Police say that the men appeared to be behave erratically, which led them to throw them to the ground.
“I didn’t have an idea it was going on,” Amili said. “I couldn’t believe he just started punching me.
Chappelle was even seen with his arms in the air before being tackled and punched.
“I had my hands raised in the air, I was complying with the officer’s demands. I was pinned to the ground. I was getting hit continually.”
Both men were pepper sprayed, and when they were picked up, they both had blood pouring from their faces.
“I was just trying to make sure I stay alive, ’cause I was really, like, feeling like I was about to die ’cause I couldn’t breathe at all,” Amili said.
Perhaps they should go ahead and file that lawsuit. Someone might need to go to jail over this one.
One of the most interesting things about police brutality is that there has been a long understanding among some officers that they have the right to maintain a police state, and to keep control with whatever force they choose to use. I’ve seen good, law-abiding citizens faced with criminal charges after simply asking an officer a question or pulling their arm from an officer in order to understand why they are being detained.
It should not be expected that police can ruin the lives of citizens over situations that are otherwise negligible. Police should not be bullies or gang members, they are supposed to be here to protect us. The fact that these officers tried to conceal what they’d done by not taking the men to the hospital serves as damning evidence that they knew they’d broken the law. They both need to go to prison.
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Dr Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and founder of YourBlackWorld.net. He also stars in the Janks Morton film, “Hoodwinked,” with Steve Perry, Marc Lamont Hill and Jawanza Kunjufu. To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.
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