A teenage girl who was trying to videotape her cousin’s arrest was beaten by two police officers in Georgia.
And it was all caught on the police dash cam video, which can be seen here because it is not embeddable.
The incident occurred last month but it is just coming to light now after the two officers were disciplined for excessive force; if you want to call “written counseling” and “additional use of force training” discipline.
It’s pretty much a slap on the wrist.
Meanwhile, the 17-year-old girl, Ciara Flemister, who had her head bashed into the hood of the police car, is facing felony obstruction and battery charges.
Flemister was trying to record the officers, who were arresting her cousin for playing loud music, which goes to show you these officers have pretty much nothing to do in the tiny town of West Point, Georgia.
The video shows Flemister clearly holding up a camera phone as she walks towards the police car.
That was when an officer grabbed her wrist, the same one holding the camera (beginning at 1:23 in the video).
She responded by kicking the officer, which prompted both officers to grab and toss her on the hood of the car, elbowing her on the back of the head and slamming her face into the car.
West Point Police Chief J.K. Cato acknowledged the officers were out of line in beating her, but said they had every right to arrest her because she had walked into their “safety zone.”
But the video doesn’t support that claim.
It shows her walking towards the police car with the phone, stopping in front of the car, then an officer walking up to her and grabbing her wrist.
It was obvious she was not a threat. In fact, you can’t even see the officers in the frame until they step in.
I recommend opening the video to fill your screen, then watching it frame by frame by using the pause button to really break it down.
If it is true she was too close for their comfort, all they had to do is order her to step back. Cops do this on daily basis.
The girl didn’t do herself any favors by kicking the officer after he had grabbed her, leaving herself open for the felony battery charge.
But the fact that she was not obstructing in the first place would seem to make it an unlawful arrest in the first place.
But we know the courts will never forgive a citizen from physically confronting an officer.
Unfortunately, police are not held to the same standards.