A police officer allegedly slammed an innocent black man to the ground and broke his wrist in the process.
Keep scrolling to see the horrifying video and to learn about the lawsuit now being held against the officers…
And members of law enforcement here in America are now hated more than ever before.
People have been protesting and demanding justice for the black community.
And there’s no denying that black people are targeted way more than white people.
And things were quick to turn violent with many attacking police officers on scene and getting themselves arrested.
Because obviously, not all police officers are in the job to throw around their authority and get away with violence – there are so many officers out there who are in the job to try and make a difference.
There 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.
Or having things thrown at a police car, this behavior towards innocent police officers isn’t acceptable.
It’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.
More and more bad cops are being called out and shamed for their disgraceful behavior towards black people, and the most recent footage is harrowing.
Antonio Arnelo Smith, who is forty-six, was approached by 2 police officers in a Walgreen’s parking lot when things very quickly turned ugly.
One of the 2 officers encountered a black man in the parking lot and was informed by dispatchers that he had active felony arrest warrants against him.
And this was when a customer pointed out Smith, which lead the officer to approach him, saying he was investigating “suspicious activity” – to which Smith replied that he was waiting for his sister to transfer money to him from Western Union.
But when police Sgt. Billy Wheeler arrived at the scene, he mistook Smith for the original suspect.
He advised Smith to put his hands behind his back and apparently, he “began to resist by pulling his arms forward and tensing his body.”
The force that was used is painful to watch, and Smith is heard yelling, “What are you doing?” and “You’ve broken my wrist!”
And one of the officers is heard admitting the damage by saying, “Yeah, [his wrist] might be broke.”
It is both heartbreaking and angering to watch the way the officers treat this innocent man in such a brutal fashion.
To which an officer responds, “No, ’cause there are 2 different people. That’s what I was trying to figure out if I had missed something when you told him to put his hands behind his back.”
Nathaniel Haugabrook, who is Smith’s attorney, told Buzzfeed News that his client did not have the financial resources to seek treatment.
He added that Smith was not focused on getting the officers who detained him fired. The goal of the lawsuit, Haugabrook said, is to “help with this movement around the world to rectify police brutality… and for police reform and accountability.”
And he filed the lawsuit on Friday against the city of Valdosta, Georgia, and its police department seeking compensation and punitive damages for the February incident on the grounds that his constitutional rights were violated by unlawful detention, use of excessive force, and false arrest and imprisonment, among other counts.
But they released a statement detailing their version of the Feb. 8 encounter, along with body camera footage from one of the officers.
“The City of Valdosta is fully committed to transparency,” the city said. “The City of Valdosta and the Valdosta Police Department takes any report of any injury to a citizen seriously.”
So make sure to stay posted for further updates.