7) Denver Police Brutality Caught on Tape, Camera Pans Away... (August 17, 2010)
The video surveillance you see here was actually recorded by the police officer's own equipment. Knowing that, it's very interesting how the camera pans away, just as the officer begins pummeling the innocent bystander talking on his cell phone.
6) Officer Beats Special Ed Student Over an Un-tucked Shirt (Oct 27, 2010)
A special needs kid, 15-year old Marshawn Pitts, was at the wrong place at the wrong time in Dolton, Illinois. What began as verbal abuse over something as silly as his shirt not being tucked in, led to strong physical abuse and a broken nose at the hands of an "unidentified police officer".
5) Houston Police Beat Handcuffed 15-Year-Old Boy (Feb 7, 2011)
The end of a pursuit is caught on a security camera, where 15-year old Chad Holley falls on the ground and surrenders. I don't think the cops want it to be that easy on him" Watch while he lays there with his hands on top of his head only to get kicked about a hundred times and have his head stomped in.
4) Rhode Island Police Officer Kicks Woman in Handcuffs (Sep 2, 2012)
Here we have a 2009 case where a Rhode Island police officer (Edward Krawetz) kicked a woman in the face, while she sat handcuffed on the ground. The video surveillance only recently went public. Officer Krawetz was convicted of "felony battery with a dangerous weapon" and sentenced to a 10-year suspension -- an unusually stiff response to police brutality, which is probably only because the incident was recorded. Significantly, this was actually not his first assault charge (the other's weren't recorded).
3) Police Turn Off Security Camera and Beat Woman to Bloody Pulp (Sep 23, 2009)
This woman was taken into the police station under "suspicion of DWI." She had just gotten in a wreck and the police assumed that alcohol was involved. Fast forward and you'll see the Shreveport, Louisiana officer turn off the surveillance camera and when it comes back on, you'll notice the woman lying in a pool of her own blood.
Kelly Thomas is a schizophrenic drifter who was tased and brutally beaten to death by officers Manuel Ramos and Corporal Jay Cicinelli. It was recorded using surveillance video taken from the Fullerton, California, Transportation Center.
Talk about scary. This Chicago Tribune article says it best:
"Eugene Gruber was drunk, hostile and uncooperative when he walked into the Lake County Jail, but a day later, he was paralyzed, had a broken neck and barely registered a pulse after an encounter with guards, records show"
Clint Henderson is a freelance writer and project manager for 2M CCTVsecurity solutions. He contributed this article exclusively to ThisCantBeHappening!