Distressing footage has been released showing a black man being tasered and hogtied for cycling a bike he just brought for his son.
This video is truly shocking...
Right now is probably the worst time to be a police officer...
via: GettyAnd members of law enforcement here in America are now hated more than ever before.
Since George Floyd was brutally killed by a police officer...
George Floyd and his daughter, Gianna. George was a above all, a father. #fathersday https://t.co/xp9aO5z7mJ— Khaled Beydoun (@Khaled Beydoun)1592781515.0
Police brutality has been apparent for years in our country...
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People have decided to start fighting back amidst the Black Lives Matter movement...
“Rare Footage” . Protest #Video From #Minneapolis against the killing of #GeorgeFloyd .… https://t.co/k6PH0Bi97p— The Voice Of Liberty® (@The Voice Of Liberty®)1590581647.0
It's a difficult situation...
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And even though many police officers deserve to lose their jobs...
via: GettyThere is also the large population who don't at all deserve to be ridiculed and abused in the way in which they are being at the moment.
Whether that's being verbally abused in the street whilst on duty...
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This is what makes this situation so complicated...
via: GettyIt's difficult to distinguish the police officers who are wanting to do good and make a difference from the ones who are using and abusing their power.
But thanks to the power of technology...
via: GettyVideo footage allows for bad cops to be shamed for their disgraceful behavior and for others to prove their innocence. And some of the most recent footage is extremely distressing.
The incident occurred in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.
via: RedditStanley Gracius was tased and hogtied by cops for cycling a bike he had just bought.
The distressing footage was taken by witnesses showing the incident happening at Walmart.
via: RedditThe first piece of footage shows Stanley wrestled to the ground by cops whilst he was near the cash register, inside the store.
He is insistent that he has a receipt and has paid for the bike whilst the cops ask him to put his hand behind his back.
via: RedditHe then repeatedly asked the officers to "please stop," but to no avail. Gracius is then tasered.
He repeatedly asks why he is being arrested but does not receive a response.
via: Reddit"Why are you doing this to me? I paid for my stuff! I have a receipt! Please stop! I didn't do anything wrong!"
Gracius had reportedly been testing the bike on the aisle and was not bothering anyone.
via: RedditToo Fab reported that a Twitter user tweeted stating, "The kind man was test riding a bike through the store while playing some music and telling random strangers he hopes they have a great day and complimenting them. He was absolutely no bother to anyone."
"At the register when the man was paying for the bike, the officer grabbed his hand and twisted it as he tried to forcefully arrest him. I couldn't tell you the reason." You can watch the footage here...
The second piece of footage, which was taken by another witness outside of the store shows Gracius continuing to protest his innocence as more officers show up.
via: RedditWhilst outside, Gracius continues asking for the reason that he has been arrested and is eventually answered with "disorderly conduct."
Those around Gracius and the cops can be heard stating that "he did nothing wrong."
Berks County District Attorney has responded to the incident by a statement to Facebook.In the statement shared on Tuesday, it read, "The defendant was detained by the Wyomissing Police and at all times during the encounter, the Wyomissing Police showed restraint, acted professionally, and did a good job de-escalating the situation with the defendant, Stanley Gracius. Mr. Gracius did not in any manner abide by the requests of not only the store manager of Walmart, but also the requests of the officers themselves."
"Based on our review of this incident, the officers of the Wyomissing Police Department acted appropriately when they arrested this individual who was causing a disturbance in the Walmart store. The defendant was charged with Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Disarming Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest, Defiant Trespass and Disorderly Conduct."
via: FacebookIn a further post, they add CCTV footage from the store, writing, "Consistent with our statement on Tuesday, we are releasing sections of the surveillance video we received from Walmart showing the behavior of Stanley Gracius on Monday, July 20th. In addition, we received video from an incident the day before in Wyomissing, where the defendant entered a store without a shirt, shoes or a mask, was confrontational with the store owner, and refused to leave for 9 minutes."