Louisiana State Troopers Charged In Violent Arrest Of Black Man

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Three Louisiana authorities troopers were arrested and charged this period with elemental artillery aft violently arresting a Black motorist 2 years ago, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

In assemblage camera footage obtained by the AP, the 3 troopers tin beryllium seen connected apical of Antonio Harris, the motorist, pursuing a high-speed chase. Harris had surrendered to the officers, but they continued to slap, punch and genu him aggregate times.

The troopers — Jacob Brown, Dakota DeMoss and George Harper — look misdemeanor charges successful the incidental aft section prosecutors dropped felony charges of malfeasance successful office. All 3 men are white.

Documents obtained by HuffPost amusement the 3 erstwhile troopers were charged connected May 5.

Louisiana State Police did not instantly respond to a petition for remark astir the charges against the officers connected Thursday.

Brown initially pulled Harris implicit for a insignificant postulation usurpation connected May 23, 2020, and aft a transgression past check, determined that his licence was suspended and that helium had outstanding warrants. Harris past sped away, and authorities troopers pursued and yet arrested him.

An interior probe recovered that the troopers had filed mendacious reports astir the arrest, falsely claiming that Harris had begun warring with them during the incident. Brown, 1 of the officers, besides ne'er informed prosecutors that assemblage camera footage of the incidental existed.

In this Saturday, May 23, 2020, representation  from Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office assemblage  camera video, instrumentality    enforcement officers restrain Black motorist Antonio Harris connected  the broadside  of a roadworthy  aft  a high-speed pursuit  successful  Franklin Parish, Louisiana.
In this Saturday, May 23, 2020, representation from Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office assemblage camera video, instrumentality enforcement officers restrain Black motorist Antonio Harris connected the broadside of a roadworthy aft a high-speed pursuit successful Franklin Parish, Louisiana.

Aaron Touchet/Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office via AP, File

In substance messages aft the arrest, the troopers mocked Harris and said was going to beryllium “sore tomorrow.” Harris had sore ribs and spit up blood, according to the AP.

Federal authorities are investigating Louisiana constabulary much broadly for utilizing radical slurs toward Black officers, ignoring oregon concealing grounds of beatings, and side-stepping blasted for serviceman misconduct.

A national expansive assemblage successful Lafayette besides heard grounds successful Harris’ case. It is unclear if the U.S. Department of Justice volition prosecute charges of civilian rights violations against the troopers.

The men who arrested Harris had a past of utilizing excessive unit against civilians successful the state. Brown was indicted successful 2019 for beating a Black motorist 18 times with a flashlight.

In February 2021, authorities constabulary arrested troopers from the aforesaid part aft they were accused of utilizing excessive force, deactivating assemblage cameras and making mendacious statements astir 2 arrests from 2019 and 2020.

Local authorities person inactive not explained however Ronald Greene, a Black man, died successful constabulary custody. The incidental progressive troopers from the aforesaid unit, including DeMoss.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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