The Decatur Police Department in Alabama have some answering to do after one of their officers was filmed punching a store owner in the face after he called them to report a robbery.
Keep scrolling to read more about this shocking story, and to watch the footage from the incident for yourself...
As thousands of people protest and riot against the unlawful death of George Floyd, tensions surrounding our police force have never been so high.
via: GettyPolice brutality has been happening for centuries, and it is the black men, women, and children who have suffered the most. But, this month, we have had enough of it.
It all started last month.
via: GettyOn Monday, May 25th, a defenseless black man was killed while in a police restraint.
George Floyd was arrested and forced to the ground...
this man, #GeorgeFloyd did not deserve to die. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/w405ouIk5V— moon (@moon)1590639498.0
Footage of George's "arrest" quickly circulated on social media...
via: TwitterAnd, in the highly distressing scenes, he could be heard begging with the officers to release him and repeatedly saying "Please, please... I can't breathe."
After nearly ten minutes, George was completely unresponsive.
SAY HIS NAME. GEORGE FLOYD. HE WAS AN INNOCENT MAN, AND HE WAS MURDERED. HE COULDN’T BREATHE, AND HE BEGGED FOR HIS… https://t.co/7WNH4pzDLY— 🐌 (@🐌)1590620093.0
This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...
via: GettyBut George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...
via: GettyAnd they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.
Protests have been taking place all over the world.
via: GettyFrom the United Kingdom to New Zealand, the global solidarity has been incredible to see.
But things have been quick to turn violent.
via: GettyProtesters became interweaved with rioters and, as they continue to clash with police, the scenes unfolding across our country have been becoming steadily more violent.
It's a truly terrifying time.
via: GettyBut change needs to be done and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.
The riots have been raging on...
via: GettyAnd several people - protestors, rioters, and police officers alike - have been badly injured.
Police officers have been forced to resort to violence in order to maintain the riots...
via: GettyAnd this has only fueled the nation's anger further.
Tensions surrounding our police force are continuing to escalate.
via: GettyPolice racism has been casually happening across our country for centuries, and it needs to end now.
But, while the protests rage on, more stories of genuine and kind police officers have been emerging.
via: GettyLast month, we heard about the story of the Sheriff who put down his hat and weapons to march peacefully with the protesters.
And, at a protest in Houston, Texas, this police officer was seen comforting a frightened little girl.
via: TwitterA kind-hearted officer took the time to give a little girl, who had started crying as a result of the violence, a hug and some words of comfort.
But not all police officers have been gaining this kind of respect.
@Ar73Angel777 @iamsimeonb There are many good officers, just as there are many good people striving to make it ever… https://t.co/fnabj6tnlr— ♞ᐯ𝔞𝕄ℙ𝐲 αᶰ𝕛𝐢 💋 (@♞ᐯ𝔞𝕄ℙ𝐲 αᶰ𝕛𝐢 💋)1591229677.0
The Decatur Police Department in Alabama have been questioned after footage of their assault on a black store owner went viral.
via: TwitterThe store owner, Kevin Penn, had called 911 on March 15th following a robbery.
In the CCTV footage, Penn can be seen waiting for the officers to arrive...
via: TwitterBut, when they did, things took a drastic turn for the worst.
When 3 armed officers arrived, one of them instructed Penn to put his gun down, despite him not holding a weapon.
via: Twitter"I got you, but you need to have your gun put down," the officer can be heard saying. "My gun is here. I'm not going to put my gun down if you got guns," Penn replied, even though he is holding only a magazine.
At this, things suddenly became violent.
via: TwitterThe officers suddenly rushed forward and restrained Penn who, at this point, still hadn't acted violently.
Then, one of the officers violently punched Penn across the face.
via: TwitterHe suffered a broken jaw and had his teeth knocked out, and he was later dragged out of his store and charged with obstruction.
Penn is now suing the department.
via: TwitterHis lawyer, Carl Cole, argues that Penn was simply showing the gun to the police to let them know he was armed, had removed the clip, and had even ejected the bullet from the chamber, AL.com reported.
You can watch the shocking footage for yourself here.
An armed black business owner mistaken for a robber was punched in the face by a white Alabama cop - after calling… https://t.co/AFIhsjW78s— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@Rex Chapman🏇🏼)1591660881.0
But now, since the footage went viral, the department has come forward to defend themselves.
Here's the statement from today's press conference: https://t.co/bT8bzmfj8E— Decatur, AL Police (@Decatur, AL Police)1591652293.0
But Penn believes it was a case of racial stereotyping.
@RexChapman He wasn’t just punched in the face...he was punched, yoked up and taken down by THREE officers.— Karen Hunter (@Karen Hunter)1591661559.0
But he said the "real blessing" was that no shots were fired.
@RexChapman This happened less than a mile from my home. Kevin is a super nice guy who has been in that location fo… https://t.co/E36sANMYV9— ScottTBeard_SOS (@ScottTBeard_SOS)1591662006.0