A new police brutality video shows a St. Paul police officer kicking a defenseless man in the throat while he lay on the ground.The clip, which was uploaded to You Tube yesterday, begins with the man prostrate on the floor. According to the man filming the footage, he has already been tased and maced in the face.
30-year-old Eric Hightower, who was arrested for terroristic threats, damage to property and obstruction of the legal process, but crucially has not been charged.
The officer responsible for the assault, Jesse Zilge, has been placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated. One can't help but wonder if this is with or without pay.
The victim asks the cop over and over again what he is being arrested for but the officer refuses to answer.
“Can you tell me what’s going on? You don’t have a warrant for my arrest,” the man pleads as he coughs as a result of being pepper sprayed.
At the 1:15 mark in the video, the cop kicks the man in the throat for no apparent reason.
The man is then handcuffed before the officer punches him in the head. He is then slammed onto a patrol car and held down as his hair is pulled back.
As officers struggle to put the man in the patrol car, other cops try to intimidate the man recording the video.
From the video it appears as if around ten police officers are involved in the arrest of one man.
St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith said the department learned about the incident about six hours ago. He said they have “serious concerns” about the officer’s use of force, as seen in the video. Smith is immediately calling for further investigation and for that investigation to be expedited. He said the department — and the public — have a right to know the full story.
This footage again illustrates how police brutality has become endemic in America – particularly targeting black people.
This man was unarmed and not resisting, not read his Miranda rights, and not told what he was being arrested for. Thank goodness someone caught this on camera. The officer in question has been placed on administrative leave? This is an outrage. His badge should have been taken and he should have been locked up in jail for assault immediately. If any civilian had done the things this officer did they would have put them in jail and thrown away the key.
The war upon innocent civilians is escalating to a new level. We have to join together in the fight to spread the word, to educate people, and to unite against what is destroying our country. Every race is being targeted, and from the looks of things they are trying to divide us as a people. The government wants racial wars. We have to bind together and realize this is not about color, nor is this about anything but control. Which climbs all the way to the highest form of our government.
Citizens need to talk to each other, we need to let the government know citizens are coming together for true justice. Not allowing our government, and their police officer cronies to walk over our citizens. Not all police officers are following suit, thank goodness. But for those whom are; know, we the people are not weak and we are strongest when we are united.
American citizens have unity, pride, and our constitution. No matter how much government attempts to dilute the Constitution, it still stands. No matter if we are black, white, purple or pink, as long as we are American citizens we will unite.
Let's call our Senators, our Governors, our Congressmen. We need to let them know we are taking a stand and this will not be tolerated against our people. Whether this man is innocent or guilty of the crimes he is being charged with there is no excuse for the actions of these police officers.
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