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Chandler, AZ — In May 2014, Luke Hein was arrested after officers accused him of interfering with an officer’s investigation. However, recently released body camera footage shows that Hein was asked by police for help, gave them help, and was then assaulted and charges fabricated against him.
The incident began after Hein’s ex-girlfriend, Zoe Shunick, had crashed a car into a tree at the couple’s apartment complex while driving drunk. Shunick was uncooperative with police and refused to exit her vehicle. At this point, Hein, who was inside his apartment, had come outside to see what was happening.
As Hein talked to police, they asked him to help talk Shunick out from the car. After successfully calming her down and getting her out of the vehicle, one officer who apparently couldn’t wait to escalate the situation, shoved Shunick. Seeing a cop brutalize a woman like this prompted Hein to say, “Hey.”
When the cop’s violence was questioned, the situation became even more chaotic. As the body cam shows, officer Brian Hawkins, then grabs Hein, slams him into the hood of the car and chokes him — for helping them. Quickly realizing that his temper got the best of him, Hawkins immediately said, “I apologize things went the way they did.” Shortly after, he said, “I’m not charging you with any crime.” After Hein is told that he will not be charged with a crime, several more officers arrive on scene, one of whom is Sgt. William Nocella.
When getting briefed from Officer Hawkins about what happened, Sgt. Nocella said, “So he can go ahead and head to jail, right?” As Hawkins responds by saying he doesn’t have a problem with letting Hein go, Nocella interrupts and said, “Once the handcuffs go on, he goes to jail.” Nocella continues, “If you date an animal, this type of (expletive) happens. So if he decides to help an animal and not act like a law-abiding citizen, his sorry (expletive) goes to jail.” “Hindering?” asks Officer Hawkins, regarding what charge they should place on Hein. “Hindering, uh, not following or obeying, whatever,” Nocella answers. “You were here. If you can make a stretch, if he raises his voice above what mine is now, he goes for (disorderly conduct). But he goes in a patrol car going to jail in the next five (minutes).”
originally posted by: rickymouse
But someone released the video from the body cam. Was it the officer who actually had appologized to the guy?
The charge against Luke Hein was dropped once prosecutors released footage from the body camera, Hein said.
In an interview with internal investigators, Hawkins said Nocella “pressured” him to stop wearing it. “He told me that these cameras will never help us they will only hurt us,” Hawkins said. In an interview with ABC15, Hein said he believes Sgt. Nocella should have lost his job.
originally posted by: JDeLattre89
Well, it certainly sounds like abuse of power. And if so, their (the two cops) should be fired in the supervisor's case and suspended in the other's.
However; I would still like to point out the fact that this is supposedly based on a bodycam's footage. . . of which I see none. In fact, the only thing I see here are editorials (not journalistic reports) from anti-establishment and anti-cop loud speakers.
So, some actual facts and both sides would be nice. Or at least the supposed footage from the bodycam in question.