First off, I just want to say a few things. Joined up on this wonderful site fairly recent, and was a "lurker" for quite some time before.
This is a true story of police brutality against someone I know, which has angered me to the point of coming up with an idea on how to get stories
like this heard.
My friend was downtown (I live in a small town in California, about two hours away from Los Angeles) and was with his girlfriend, and a couple
other friends outside a fairly popular bar. I will call my friend "Adam."
A drunken man approached Adam's girlfriend, and said some inappropriate things. Adam walked up to the drunken man, and the drunken gentlemen punched
him; laid him out, and busted his nose wide open.
Cops are always around the downtown area, and one of them happened to be at the scene. Adam thought this was wonderful, because they would most
certainly take care of the man who punched him. Right?
They talked to Adam's girlfriend, and were quite rough when handling her.
(Guy cops aren't supposed to do that, are they?)
The decided to talk to Adam. But then, things get worse.
More police arrived, adding up to the total amount of TWELVE officers.
They insisted he "stopped resisting", and slammed his face into a planter -- multiple times, until demanding that he stood up.
Once he stood, an officer forcefully stepped on his foot, causing him to fall.
At this time, the police ordered any bystanders to leave.
Once they were gone, the officers literally BEAT Adam.
But, it's not over yet.
The police took Adam to the hospital. His girlfriend was also there.
The police took him to an empty room, put a bag over his head, and beat him some more.
(A bag?! WHAT!)
His girlfriend could hear Adam, crying out in pain.
He was later ARRESTED for being "drunk in public" (although the cops never issued a field sobriety test, used a breathalizer, etc...)
and had to spend 16 hours in prison.
The kicker? He was manhandled by the same officers before they locked him up, too.
This is not a joke, or a story I made up. This happened last night.
His face is swollen, he's got a black eye, and open wounds all across his face. I'd show all of you the picture, but I will have to ask for his
permission before doing so.
Now, this is why I need YOUR help.
I am planning to do a massive project about the true accounts of people who are experiencing police brutality.
Pictures, video, documents, first-hand accounts for people to read...
The purpose? To let people know that we do NOT accept this kind of behavior. To expose the reality of what is slowly becoming "normal", and opening
others eyes to realize that the time to take action is NOW.
It has happened in the past, and it will keep happening as the years continue.
But we cannot let it continue... we must stand up, and let our voices be heard in unison.
Would anyone here like to help me with this project? I am dead serious about it.
And no, for you cynical people out there, I'm not going to post links for my website or try to recruit others to do anything -- other than help me by
posting their accounts of similar experiences.
Sorry about the lengthy post...
(No, I didn't change my name to "Adam.")