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“They cuffed him and started hitting him.”

6 June 2008 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in police | 1 Comment »

If there is a real investigation of this, what do you think will be the outcome for these fine uniformed thugs?

Prison?

Mall security?

Or nothing at all?

From WABC-TV, New York:

Mistaken identity police brutality?

[…]

Minter’s video captures police in plain clothes milling around and a helicopter above. They’d apparently been chasing a suspect who crashed his car into the front gate of the boatyard.

Lewis Tacktill, Minter’s boss, says he was across the boatyard and saw everything, including the fleeing suspect.

Sarah: “What was he wearing?”
Tacktill: “He was wearing a red shirt, and my friend was wearing a black shirt. It was kind of obvious. Red and black, two distinctive colors.”

Minter: “And I was wearing this black hoody, and they told me the guy they wanted was wearing a red shirt.”
Sarah: “And you’re saying your ID was in your pocket?”
Minter: “Yep. Right in my pocket. Just like it is now.”

Tacktill: “They said are you armed, he said no. He went down to his knees, and dropped down, and then they cuffed him and started hitting him.

“So I said I’m not armed,” Minter said. “He cuffed me, and then the one on the right hit me with his pistol.”

“I saw them,” Tacktill said. “They hit him with a gun and then they pulled his hood over his head, and then a guy stomped his head like he was putting out a cigarette butt.”

“I was grinded on, my face hit with a gun, punched in my face and then my hoody pulled over my face,” Minter said.

Sarah: “And he wasn’t resisting?”
Tacktill: “No, he wasn’t resisting at all.”

Sarah: “You weren’t resisting?”
Minter: “Nope, I had no reason to. I was screaming for my boss, ‘Lou! Lou!'”

“I said, ‘That’s our guy that works here at the boatyard,'” Tacktill said. “And after that, they stopped.”

Minter, who says he has no criminal record and wasn’t charged with anything, claims he stood swollen and bloodied at the front of the yard for about half an hour before one of the officers took off the handcuffs.

“Then they just said, ‘Oh, we apologize,'” Tacktill said.

Sarah: “So they just came back and the officer said?”
Minter: “‘I’m sorry, we was looking for somebody that was really dangerous.'”

He says he walked across the street to Peninsula Hospital, where he told staff he’d been hit be a gun in the face and, while waiting to be treated, claims he was approached by one of the Garden City officers who tried to discourage him from filing a brutality complaint.

Minter: “They said if you got parking ticket or you got felonies or any kind of thing like that they could do for me, they would do for me.”
Sarah: “If you didn’t pursue this?”
Minter: “Yes.”

  1. One Response to ““They cuffed him and started hitting him.””

  2. By Royce Christian on 7 June 2008

    “what do you think will be the outcome for these fine uniformed thugs?”

    A light spanking and a little present?


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