Earlier this year, Justin Faison was like many Americans, trusting of the police, thinking if he didn’t look for trouble, trouble wouldn’t find him.
But all that changed in April when he was pulled over in Virginia for having a rejection sticker on his car, meaning his car had failed the state-mandated inspection. During the stop, the cops told him they came across a warrant for him out of Philadelphia, which was news to him.
He ended up handcuffed, stripped-searched and thrown in jail for ten days after being refused bail. He was then released on his own recognizance.
He has since called various government offices in Virginia and Pennsylvania to find this warrant, but has found nothing.
According to his post on Virginia Cop Block:
I called several different offices around Chesterfield and Philadelphia, was bounced around and transferred through the web of the legal system, and no one could find a warrant under my name. No history of a warrant, no paperwork, nothing. Like it never even existed.
So since then, his attitude towards police have changed, which is why he pulled out his camera and started recording when he saw a group of Richmond cops arresting a neighbor who lives close to his mother’s home Tuesday night.
He asked Richmond police officer Farrhard El-Amin why his neighbor was being arrested, which, of course, prompted the cop to demand his identification.
Faison told him he was not required to provide identification, which is true considering the cop had no reasonable suspicion that he was committing a crime.
El-Amin claimed that he had to show identification because it was private property and he needed to show proof of residence.
But that would only be right if another resident was complaining about him.
So that led to the cop pouncing on him, joined by a couple of other officers, who handcuffed him and threw him against a cop car.
Thankfully, they didn’t come across another false warrant when running his name, so they eventually released him, figuring they had taught Faison a lesson that their unlawful orders must always be obeyed.
Faison then decided to call the department to file a complaint, even recording the call, which amounted to recording his own voice, leaving us with a one-way conversation with what sounds like a school teacher from Peanuts.
Maybe Jeff Gray can teach him how to properly record conversations.
But even then, if you sit through the 18 minute conversation with Richmond Sergeant Crystal Simmons, you can hear that she is turning him from a victim into a suspect, which is another common tactic cops use against citizens who file complaints.
Call the Richmond Police Department at (804) 646-8093. Or leave a comment on their Facebook page as Faison did.
And speaking of Facebook, check out the comments supporting the other Virginia cop I wrote about earlier this week who assaulted a man recording him.
It’s no wonder they believe they can get away with anything.