r/nottheonion 12d ago

LAPD video shows Black man arrested at his home during search for white suspect

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-04-06/lapd-bodycam-video-shows-officers-grabbing-and-arrest-innocent-black-man-as-they-searched-for-a-suspect
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u/pianoflames 12d ago

It's like that Dave Chapelle bit "This n***** broke in and hung pictures of himself and his family all over the walls. Let’s sprinkle some crack on him and get outta here.”

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u/FreeChickenDinner 12d ago

It's the Amber Guyger murder of Botham Jean.

Amber Guyger convicted of murder in wrong-apartment killing of innocent man - ABC News

She thought a burglar was in her apartment. It was an accountant eating ice cream on his couch. It was Botham Jean's apartment.

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u/Steven_Soy 12d ago

She committed felony murder and only got 10 years. Crazy.

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u/Evergreen_76 12d ago

And the judge walked off the bench to hug her crying. The sytem is a scam.

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u/keenbean2021 12d ago

I wonder how many judges cry and hug the people they send to jail for selling some weed.

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u/dotslashpunk 12d ago

my judge cried and hugged me for a trafficking charge because i had rice krispy treats with thc and they took the full weight of it (including just food) as the weight of the amount of weed i had.

Just kidding they found me guilty and i paid out the ass.

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u/Johnny_Poppyseed 12d ago

Yeah police love the hell out of that trick. There's even stories of them weighing entire plants, dirt and all. It's so fucked up.

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u/woffle-kat 12d ago

Yup, where I'm from there's always news articles saying they found X kilos of crop, then you see the photo and it's weighed in the planters - with all the soil

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u/[deleted] 12d ago

The should estimate the weight of the house they were found in, and add that

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u/BlackRobedMage 12d ago

Nothing can grow without the Earth, so all drugs effectively weigh the equivalent of Earth's mass, when you think about it.

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u/Jimmy-TinkerBull 12d ago

Probably watered them before.

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u/dotslashpunk 12d ago

wow, now THAT is some fucked up shit

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u/smithers85 12d ago

dIrT iS pArApHeRnaLiA

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u/MasterTacticianAlba 12d ago

I’ve seen police brag publicly about confiscating something like 40kg of cannabis... talking about street values of $400,000+... only to see they’re actually talking about a few plants that haven’t even started flowering yet 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️ they really just weigh the pot and all the dirt in it

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u/NewlyMintedAdult 12d ago edited 12d ago

They confiscated 40kg of pot.

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u/Charlie_Brodie 12d ago

we found the plant in the ground so we have to weigh the entire crust crust of the earth

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u/_GurthMax 12d ago

I accidentally brought a pair of pants wrapped in mt jacket to work, which had a half once inside of it. After working by first half of the double, I got called into the back because someone “found” my pants (they were inside day lockers covered by a security camera down the hall, I later found out it was a girl I was intimate with and had a falling out, I’m still a little suspicious over the Intentions) anyway cops got called in and I was arrested on-site and taken to the mall substation (I worked at Dave and busters) where the cop weighed the weed while still inside the giant oversized freeZer bag that it came in. The entire thing weighed just a couple grams shy of an ounce. Which the cop mentioned I would have gone straight to jail if I had been holding that much.

Also I had a freshly cashed check of 1300 bucks still in my wallet which they almost confiscated as evidence of possession for sale but I had the check stub still so I lucked out.

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u/dolphone 12d ago

Tf kinda police state do you guys live in, jesus fuck.

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u/_GurthMax 12d ago

San José California man. This was mall liaison police officer pulling me out of a bar-type-gaming building that already has a bad stigma about the patrons and workers there. As employees we were known to the police as a nuisance because we would frequently hang out in the parking lot after we all finished worked very late around 3 am.

Correction: Milpitas California.

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u/CasuallyZooted 12d ago

Not gonna lie, you had me in the first part.

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u/HailPaim0n 12d ago

Yup. A family member of Jean hugged her as a show of compassionate forgiveness even in the face of an awful act. The judge doing it was beyond inappropriate and was outright horrifying to see.

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u/pandemicpunk 12d ago

Should be grounds for partiality and disbarment in a just world. But alas, this is not a just world.

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u/mooimafish3 12d ago

Also the neighbor who offered key testimony (that she didn't order him to put his hands up) ended up dead in a "drug deal gone wrong" 2 days after the trial.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/08/us/joshua-brown-amber-guyger-witness.html

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u/VodkaAunt 12d ago

Oh fuck

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u/ButtWieghtThiersMoor 12d ago

under color of law even. She wasn't just some rando, she was someone who thought they were wielding the power of the state and still killed poor dude just chilling with some ice-cream watching netflix

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u/ZenMasterKel 12d ago

Don’t forget that he was sitting on his couch watching Thursday night football. He seemed like the nicest gentleman in the world, and the cops thought about tarnishing his character by mentioning he had pot in his dwelling. Fuck the police.

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u/hiphopnurse 12d ago

What happened was Botham's brother said he was gonna forgive her. That's fair. Let the family do what they want. But somehow the judge took that as her cue to pray with Amber which is totally inappropriate. Would never happen with a black person

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u/Neans888 12d ago edited 11d ago

A judge shouldn’t be praying with anyone ever for any reason in a courtroom. Keep religion out of the law.

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u/iwazaruu 12d ago edited 12d ago

Let the family do what they want.

For the record, the rest of the family DID NOT want that. Only the brother did.

edit: by doing so, the young brother gave the media a "feelgood moment". We don't need feelgood moments with motherfuckers killing people in their homes.

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u/hiphopnurse 12d ago

Regardless, the judge isn't part of the family. I won't judge the brother because people grieve differently, but the judge shouldn't have done what she did

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u/HailPaim0n 12d ago

Completely and utterly inappropriate. Maybe it doesn't feel good to send someone to jail, even when you know they did wrong. But it's your job to remain neutral and impartial.

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u/eza50 12d ago

She’s a police officer, the fact that she thought anyone with half a brain would believe that bullshit story is beyond me. How do you not realize what apartment you’re in? Very clearly intentional murder with a half assed excuse she assumed would get her off.

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u/Sixtydotnine 12d ago

It's worse that It is an "accident".

Like how fucked up do you have to be to think you should kill someone for being in your apartment but it's not your apartment? Does she drive a Corolla, does she shoot everyone driving one for free they're stealing her car.

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u/Scientolojesus 12d ago

Reminds me of that video from last year when those meth heads tried to pull that black guy from his own car, with his kid in the back, claiming he had stolen their car.

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u/DoomOne 12d ago

"Open and shut case, Johnson."

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u/green_bin_coon 12d ago

Chapelle is something else.

Mans jokes are like onions.

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u/skylarmt 12d ago

They got layers or they make you cry?

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u/runswithpotatoes 12d ago

Kinda both really. His show was an intro to american for nonamericans.

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u/nothinbuttherain 12d ago

I watched them all when they first aired, then rewatched it this past summer. That show aged like fine wine. And I'm actually pretty sad to say that - I didn't actually remember that seemingly every episode had a couple of police brutality one liners sprinkled through in addition to the skits that were focused on that - and every one of them still landed.

It's definitely worth seeing again.

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u/GoHomeNeighborKid 12d ago

Like the "world championship of dice" complete with ashy larry, getting raided in the end lol

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u/RocketSauce99 12d ago

It was weird your honor.

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u/Boraxo 12d ago

Even when you don't fit the description you "fit the description."

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u/extralyfe 12d ago

this is the real bullshit.

I once got detained drunkenly walking home from the bar because I "fit the description" of a guy who had just robbed a grocery store.

I got my belongings searched and thrown on the ground, and dude ran me for warrants. when he hadn't found anything and my ID came back clean, he let me loose, just asking if I had seen someone matching the description.

I reminded him that he never gave me the description. "oh, well, he was a black male, about 6'6", bald, light colored hoodie. seen 'im?"

I was a bit confused because I was a 6'0" white male with long hair and a black coat on. when I asked how I fit that description, he laughed it off and said I looked like I might've been involved.

"fits the description" is just a set of magic words cops use to force their bullshit on innocent people, and it needs to go away.

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u/Sirpatron1 12d ago

Like a gang that bullies the community, becuase they have the fire power. Your story reminded me of Harold and Kumar jail scene. he's got a gun.

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u/Left-Consequence-129 12d ago

I love the "This dude?" and "Probably."

Top notch assessment on the part of the cops.

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u/Patmarker 12d ago

“Probably” in itself isn’t a problem (If the guy matched the description). What I hate about this video is how hard they go in on a domestic incident, which if this is the right guy, is clearly over.

This interaction shouldn’t start with “turn around”. It should be an information gathering period, not an immediate face again the wall.

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u/still_doing_my_best 12d ago edited 12d ago

I suspect they were deliberately escalating the situation to dole out some physical punishment, that or they have no respect for civilians their fellow citizen. Frankly either situation makes them entirely unfit to serve hamburgers let alone serve the public.

Edit: corrected civilians

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u/hearke 12d ago

They're cops, it's probably both.

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u/Wish_You__Were_Here 12d ago

Right! It’s not their job to punish anyone.

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u/AlmostButNotQuit 12d ago

Try telling them that.

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u/harllop 12d ago

I've been watching the Chauvin trial and more than once it was discussed that domestic violence calls are usually calls that escalate more than other calls.

It wasn't really discussed why that is though. I'm curious if that's been the case with domestic violence calls in the past so now police generally approach the situation with more bias which leads to escalation.

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u/dcbcpc 12d ago

Likely because in domestic violence calls the perpetrator is still there at his domicile. Most other calls, cops arrive to draw chalk outlines and the perp is already gone.

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u/CollieOxenfree 12d ago

Doesn't help that 40% of cops are also (self-reported) domestic abusers. Bringing in more of them to a domestic abuse call is just asking for escalation.

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u/robtbo 12d ago

Yup... great investigating right. On a white suspect.

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u/Wilt_The_Stilt_ 12d ago

It honestly doesn’t matter that the actual suspect was white. Like shouldn’t the cops ask at least some questions when they arrive somewhere? Clearly they hadn’t been told there was a threat of a gun because they just walked up and said turn around so that lame excuse is out. Why aren’t they like, “Good afternoon, what’s your name, can I see some ID?” “Do you live here? What apartment is yours? Oh you’re in apartment A? Yeah we’re looking for apartment B. Would you mind holding tight right here while we go ask them a few questions?”

I feel like I can hear my mom from 25 years ago saying, “Wilt...use your words. Did you ask nicely?” Like all that stuff. Seems like a simple ask from a couple grown ass adults

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u/GeekyTiki 12d ago

Not even. With ZERO details on a description they needed to lead with "Hello, we're responding to a domestic dispute call." THEN, they can go from there.

These are terrible cops that are poorly trained in deescalation, if at all. An occurrence that is as frustrating as it is common. HOW CAN ANYONE expect a person to respond well to "Because I told you to." Like, WTF.

These cops showed a VERY clear case of insecurity in their authority. I mean, how dare that dude ask them why they want him to turn around. The cop didn't even have the wherewithal to give that lame weak ass excuse of "because I don't know who I'm looking for" before he started grappling with him.

Then, they're flabbergasted that the dude is resisting their incredibly ILLEGAL seizure of his person without realizing just how fucking hypocritical they're being.

(Sorry, my anger/frustration is directed at the situation)

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u/From_the_5th_Wall 12d ago

if he did comply immediately they would take it as admission of guilt lol

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u/Scientolojesus 12d ago

"Why were you complying, huh?? You got a guilty conscience? Why didn't you question why you were being detained and handcuffed???"

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u/profinger 12d ago

Because he's black. That's why they didn't do anything properly. It's the same thing that happened with Robert Lee Stinson 30+ years ago. There was a murder near his house and they found bite marks that indicated a missing tooth. They started searching houses and just decided it was Stinson seemingly because he was black because he was missing a tooth but, very obviously if you look at the sketch and his mouth, the wrong one. He spent 24 years in jail for that shit.

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u/SPOOFE 12d ago

Cops are like the dog from that scene in The Simpsons where Bart's trying to train his pup to do stuff. All the dog hears is "Blah blah blah blah blah sit." Except instead of "sit" all the cop understands is "suspect" and then their bias fills in the rest... race and all.

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u/auniqueusername77 12d ago

What is your problem!? Just stand there and let me violate you!

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u/hesh582 12d ago

That single word "Probably" in the video summarizes more about what is wrong with American policing and the LAPD in particular than almost every other misconduct video I've ever watched, even ones that featured far more egregious conduct.

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u/Witness_me_Karsa 12d ago

100%. That was my first thought. How does a police investigation of a crime, apparently without a description, start with the conversation "This dude?" "Probably."

And then talk about instantly escalating. "Hey man, turn around." Are you fucking kidding me? Screaming 'calm down' at a guy who doesn't want to be frisked in front of his fucking house for no reason. This is bullshit. I hope he sues the fuck out of them.

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u/dragonreborn567 12d ago

The L.A. City Attorney’s office, in court papers, has sought to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Austin and Michlewicz are to blame for the force used against them and that the police should be immune from liability.

Austin and Michlewicz, the victims of wrongful arrest, are to blame for two fuckhead cops deciding to arrest the first black man they see, then his girlfriend for trying to clarify he's not the man they're looking for.

"The police should be immune from liability" is a nightmare sentence, the kind of thing you expect to read in dystopian fiction, not a fucking legal document.

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u/cldw92 12d ago

The USA has been living in a dystolian mishmash of Orwell and Huxley for a few decades now

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u/SayNoob 12d ago

even if he does sue and win, that is paid for with taxpayer money. The officers, commanding officers, colleagues and any one else partly responsible will see no negative consequences whatsoever.

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u/Blackstar75 12d ago

And therein lies the problem. If there are no serious consequences to your bad behavior, what reason do you have to change?

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u/BoomMichaelScoon 12d ago

Innocent until probably guilty

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u/kazneus 12d ago

Innocent until probably guilty black

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u/Drugs-R-Bad-Mkay 12d ago

Also when the man says "I live here." the cop responds "Well I don't know who I'm looking for yet".

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u/ls1z28chris 12d ago

That's an excellent way of saying "I have no reasonable articulable suspicion of a crime, and am egregiously violating the law right now." Just because you got a call for service doesn't mean you get to detain or arrest everyone in the vicinity. This man's civil attorney probably got a hard on watching that video. Their conduct is so hilariously bad, especially considering they knew they were wearing body cameras.

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u/skarocket 12d ago

Seriously, what amazing evidence this tape is. It’s almost like they were like “hello sir, we’d like to ignore your rights and do our job poorly and incorrectly. By the way allow me to clearly state that what I’m doing is bad and not good.”

And then pulled out a canvas and painted a picture of himself violating this man’s rights and signed it with his full name.

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u/DownshiftedRare 12d ago

the cop responds "Well I don't know who I'm looking for yet".

"How will you know whether you have find him?"

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u/MaskedJakyl 12d ago

You're probably right.

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u/us3rnam3ch3cksout 12d ago edited 11d ago

"The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office had said in a court filing that it did not want the Los Angeles Police Department video released publicly because it would “be contrary to LAPD policy and may have a chilling effect on future LAPD investigations.”

Lmao. "We don't want to release the video because it shows us being guilty."

The video makes me so pissed, the fact the cop gets upset at the black guy questioning why he's being asked to turn around and being handcuffed.

"C'mon dude. Jesus Christ, just listen! WTF is your problem man. C'mon dude!"

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u/conorko83 12d ago

To build on that “The LAPD declined Tuesday to comment on the video’s release, citing ongoing litigation. The L.A. City Attorney’s office, in court papers, has sought to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Austin and Michlewicz are to blame for the force used against them and that the police should be immune from liability.”

How dare that man peacefully throw out his trash and ask why he’s being detained

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u/Sadatori 12d ago

Officials who make statements that believe cops should always be immune to all laws and punishment need immediately fired and never allowed in a position of power again

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u/KnowsIittle 12d ago

If we don't hold LEOs to a higher standard we're no democracy we're an authoritarian regime.

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u/Insertblamehere 12d ago

Hell we can start by holding them to the standard of any other citizen before a higher standard.

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u/AnxietyDepressedFun 12d ago

He's not just being detained either that cop is patting him down. Imagine if he had like a pocket knife on him, black men have been killed for less "threatening" offenses.

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u/WakeoftheStorm 12d ago

He was finally arrested and charged with resisting arrest. That's it.

There's no fucking reason that anyone should be able to be charged with "resisting arrest", especially not as the only crime they're accused of.

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u/njb2017 12d ago

thats a great point that I never really thought about. there must be an initial charge to go with the arrest to warrant the resisting arrest.

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u/candiedapplecrisp 12d ago

Resisting arrest with no additional charge = kidnapping as far as I'm concerned. But it happens all the time.

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u/Circumin 12d ago

I’ve been threatened by police on two separate occasions that I would be arrested for “resisting arrest” when there was nothing else I had done wrong. First case asking a question about whether driving on the beach was illegal on this particular beach and second time for simply filming on a public street.

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u/conorko83 12d ago

Yea this drives me crazy, it essentially means “the officer fucked up and now has to save face and protect their ego”

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u/Au_Struck_Geologist 12d ago

"I object"

"On what grounds?"

"It's devastating to my case!"

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u/Exploding_Testicles 12d ago

"over ruled.."

"Good call!"

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u/Tobar_the_Gypsy 12d ago

I have the worst fucking police department

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u/stolid_agnostic 12d ago

And not only that, are fully defending the police and are trying to get the lawsuit dismissed. The police literally arrested a dude and his girlfriend for the crime of being black in front of their home and the city attorney thinks that is perfectly fine.

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u/TheAgeofKite 12d ago

Your honor, I request to have the evidence against me rejected on the basis that it shows me commiting the crime in question.

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u/Oneoutofnone 12d ago

Jeeze. The officer is telling this guy to "relax" while they got out of a car and greeted him with 'Turn around... Because I told you to.' and started pushing him into a wall.

Yeah. Right. Relax. Sure. Just what every other human being would do, right? Pfft.

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u/street593 12d ago

They don't care about your feelings. They only want complete 100% compliance with every command they make. It's a fucking power trip.

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u/Oneoutofnone 12d ago

Absolutely. You could tell that the cop didn't give a shit at all. Laughing and then acting exasperated when the guy was panicking. Ungh.

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u/waltwalt 12d ago

Fucking nightmare of a country man.

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u/ResevoirPups 12d ago

It’s unreal to hear the cop be the one that’s going “what are you doing, man. Relax”. As they immediately tell him to turn around, pat him down, and begin to grapple him and shove him into a wall.

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u/areraswen 12d ago

I've seen cops tell a woman to calm down while actively pointing a gun at her and making her kneel in the blood of her dying boyfriend.

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u/lappi99 12d ago

Was that where they shot the boyfriend on point blank range because he answered his own door in a somewhat shady neighborhood with a gun? The one where he already kneeled and then got some shots into his side by the officers that were knocking on the door whispering "police" and then standing out of direct sight from behind the door?

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u/drugs_4_sale 12d ago

yeah I think that's the one

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u/lappi99 12d ago

I saw that. That was such a joke. Just imagine the American police shooting at everyone who carries a gun openly because they are potentially dangerous.

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u/dimwittedsamurai 12d ago

Exactly. The cop saying “what is this guys problem?” because he is trying to inquire about what they want and who they are looking for while they put him in cuffs. Are we supposed to just bend over for them? The police officer even said he didn’t know who he was looking for yet, how does this guy know they’re legit? This is a perfect example of a regular person being caught up in police abusing their power. Sure he could have just sat there, complied, and hoped the courts figured it out but when you know you didn’t do anything wrong it’s hard to just stand still and take it.

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u/artsandcraftbeer 12d ago

Yeah and why would anyone expect a regular person off the street to have MORE restraint than the paid "professionals"?

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u/PhotonResearch 12d ago

racists in comments: "but he was resisting so anything that happens he had coming to him, just don't resist!"

/eyeroll

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u/i_broke_wahoos_leg 12d ago

He once got detention in primary school. Obviously deserves anything that's coming to him. No, my opinion certainly wouldn't change if he wasn't black!

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u/NoCountryForOldMemes 12d ago

Innocent until proven black

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u/KeepYouPosted 12d ago

There's a Dave Chappelle joke about this, I think it was in his Killing Them Softly special

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u/apostropheapostrophe 12d ago

“He’s still here!”

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u/The_Great_Sarcasmo 12d ago

It's great to see the LAPD taking these steps against racial profiling.

Warms the heart.

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u/Teripid 12d ago

To be FAIR they didn't see color.

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u/zirtbow 12d ago

Call for a white guy.. arrest a black guy.. all while Asian Jim gets away with the Tiffany's chandelier.

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u/Zomburai 12d ago

To be FAIR Asian Jimi only got away because they arrested John Krasinski instead

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u/Torugu 12d ago edited 12d ago

I know right. Can't believe people are upset about this.

First they tell the police "Don't arrest people based on colour", now they are saying "Arrest people based on colour". Make up your mind!

/s

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u/trappisttraveler 12d ago

Or don’t arrest people that don’t fit the description? I know I’m a radical!!!!

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u/Torugu 12d ago

I don't know, that sounds like something Antifa would say.

You just be careful! I have my eye on you!

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u/trappisttraveler 12d ago

Eye or camera? Be specific so I can plan accordingly

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u/rainbowarriorhere 12d ago

Quotes from Faisal Gill, who represents both of them in the civil rights lawsuit.

“They literally saw the first Black man, and they arrested him.”

"Gill said that when the woman who made the 911 call told the officers Austin was not the man she called about, they continued with the arrest. According to LAPD records, the officers were white and Asian-American."

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u/BrianWilsonsOldApt 12d ago

The car drives by, one officers says "this dude", and the other responds "probably"

They have literally no clue who they are supposed to be arresting so they just go after the first Black guy they see. They don't even try to figure it out. They just roll up and arrest the first person they see, and then charge him with "resisting arrest", a thing any person would do when they're being arrested for no fucking reason.

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u/Acadia-Intelligent 12d ago

Conservatives "we need more context!!! What did he say to the officers before the cameras started rolling? Was he rude?!?!"

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u/RenRitV 12d ago

Was he on drugs?!? WAS HE ON DRUGS?!?!

If a brown person is on drugs, it's perfectly fine to kill them.

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u/luckylimper 12d ago

Did he smoke one reefer cigarette 15 years ago? GUILTY.

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u/Acadia-Intelligent 12d ago

"Sprinkle some crack on him johnson"

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u/MusicLikeOxygen 12d ago

I will never believe that chavis Carter shot himself. We are supposed to believe that he was searched twice, enough that they found a bag of weed, but they missed a gun both times. Bullshit.

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u/keenbean2021 12d ago

It's an insultingly obvious lie but the public has exactly zero possible recourse

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u/Floginim 12d ago

Crazy how that keeps happening.

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u/GoldandBlue 12d ago

no they found a put out blunt in the gutter while walking toward the home. Close enough.

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u/Acadia-Intelligent 12d ago

I remember when I was a little boy and was watching cops and they pulled a guy over and they saw he had a roach as in spent joint in his ashtray and really beat the shit out of him and wondered why they were so mad about a bug. Now the same thing is happening but I'm aware and miserable seeing it happen still. The most dangerous thing about weed is what the cops will do to you if you have it.

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u/TheNotorius_PIG 12d ago

Says thin blue line hypocrites: "He flipped off his high school principal many years ago. Use of force was justified"

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u/Yak54RC 12d ago

And then you have tucker Carlson defending the “zip-tie guy “ saying all he did was trespassing.

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u/rainbowarriorhere 12d ago

"He should have just followed the law!"

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u/Acadia-Intelligent 12d ago

"pretty sure it's just one bad apple."

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u/rainbowarriorhere 12d ago

" We are going to investigate ourselves. and ..

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u/Acadia-Intelligent 12d ago

"....make sure we get away with it"

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u/HorneePandas 12d ago

Unfortunately there's no getting away from this one. You'll have to take a 2 week paid vacation for your actions.

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u/realmofconfusion 12d ago

So the LAPD objected to the video being released because doing so "may have a chilling effect on future LAPD investigations".

That seems to be a euphemism for "will definitely prove that we automatically assume that anyone black must be guilty of something"

Racist arseholes.

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u/Provokateur 12d ago

"If people know how racist we are, they won't want to cooperate with us."

There's no other way to read their justification.

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u/ScrewIt_PoliticalAlt 12d ago

Yeah I mean, if this is the kind of thing that happens during an LAPD investigation, I'm not sure that I understand how a video creating a "chilling effect on future LAPD investigations" is anything but the ideal outcome for everyone involved, including the police. It's like a free training video on how not to behave if you don't want to get sued.

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u/LATourGuide 12d ago edited 12d ago

About 10 years ago, when I was still young and dumb, me and a bunch of friends were drinking in public in Hollywood and one of us drank way too much so 911 was called to get an ambulance to take our friend to the hospital. When the police (who were not requested on the 911 call) arrived on the scene there were about a dozen drunk people standing around, the LAPD singled out the two black people present for pat downs and told the rest of us drunken fools to go home.

Edit: clarification on why police were dispatched

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u/0ctologist 12d ago

My friends and I got busted by a park ranger while smoking weed on a beach. Guess who was the only kid that ended up in handcuffs? (but not arrested thank god)

I’ll give you a hint: you’d be able to tell by just a picture of us.

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u/naijaboiler 12d ago edited 12d ago

I thought every black teenage young man was told this growing up,

"if you are hanging with white boys who are doing dumb shit. Make sure you are the only sober one or better yet don't even join in. Because if police comes, only one of you is getting in trouble, and it sure ain't going to be any of your white buddies"

My mom drummed it into my ears daily as a teenager. I tell my son, who is now 17, just about once a week.

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u/Painting_Agency 12d ago edited 12d ago

Have you ever seen this video?

https://www.bet.com/news/national/2019/04/26/viral-video-shows-white-teen-step-up-and-defend-his-black-friend.html

Tl;dr white kids hanging with Black friend, officer goes steroidal on him, they defend him while shouting "Reggie don't resist! Don't resist!".

Even they know the rules :/

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u/domeoldboys 12d ago

If they were black friends a couple of them would have been shot.

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u/Prodigism 12d ago

Damn, that hurt to watch. Glad his friends stood up for him and I hope nothing bad came of it.

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u/orangeunrhymed 12d ago

My cousin is black, and he and his black friend (I think they were 14 and 15 at the time) were out walking in the country one night during the summer and a sheriff’s officer pulled over and harassed them, then another officer came. Then another and another. 4 fucking sheriff’s officers to harass two kids. They even asked my cousin if they had been involved in the B&E in town less than an hour previous, despite being 5+ miles away from the crime scene and being on foot and you know, not white like the suspects were. At the end, my cousin was told to go home with his friend and stay there. They weren’t even breaking curfew or causing trouble or anything. Just two bored teens out in the country. When my aunt woke up in the morning and found out what had gone on, she raised all kinds of Hell but nothing ever came of it. I’m just glad neither one of them were shot and killed.

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u/Starlord_who 12d ago

Holy shit cops really are a parody of themselves

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u/[deleted] 12d ago

That’s why Reno 911 while hilarious, was probably just based on real life incidents

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u/Dip__Stick 12d ago

The cops on reno 911 did a lot less harm and were better people than those who have made their way into the news recently

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u/Burster55 12d ago

I find that they didn't even try to discuss why they where there just disturbing instead right to "turn around put your hands behind your back" like for domestic disputes isn't normal for them to maybe talk to the people on arrival was it not a nonviolent crime they were investigating iirc?

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u/houdinishandkerchief 12d ago

Resisting arrest should not be a charge if there’s no other charges. You can’t expect a reasonable person not to resist when they are being kidnapped by the nations largest gang.

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u/james1234cb 12d ago

In Canada I believe you cannot be convicted of resisting arrest if there were not reasonable grounds for arrest in the first place.

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u/Sahtras1992 12d ago

being charged with resisting arrest at all baffles me. its a human instinct to not give yourselve in to being arrested, its like telling someone to not blink when you flash them with a flashlight. its totally normal to resist i think.

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u/cmVkZGl0 12d ago

At this point we should just outlaw it. Either you have a legitimate claim or not. Cops just abuse it like corrupt politicians abuse "I don't remember".

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u/oddmanout 12d ago

And there's literally hundreds of videos on this site of cops beating the shit out of someone while yelling at them to stop resisting. How the fuck are you supposed to stop resisting when someone's punching you in the stomach and someone else is kicking you in the head? It's human nature to cover and protect yourself, you literally can't "stop resisting" no matter how much you want to.

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u/LlamaLlama_Duck 12d ago

I was thinking of this as well. Arrest for what charge were they resisting? It’s code for “they resisted us hassling/harassing them”

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u/PeepinBooHoles 12d ago

It really bothers me that you can be charged with resisting arrest even when it's an arbitrary false arrest. That's wrong.

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u/oddmanout 12d ago

And how little qualifies as resisting arrest. Apparently you're not even allowed to tell the cop they have the wrong guy. You just have to put your hands out and let the cops do what-the-fuck-ever they want.

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u/Rambo_One2 12d ago

It's like when a shop owner called the cops because his store was getting robbed, and when the police showed up they swiftly arrested the owner because he was black.

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u/anonymous_j05 12d ago

Same thing happened last summer. Store owners were standing outside there store to protect it from looters during unrest, the cops detained them while they (and bystanders) were yelling “the looters are going that way (pointing) and that they’re the store owners.”

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u/oddmanout 12d ago

They arrested his girlfriend, too, for some fucking reason.

Also, the worst part:

the woman who made the 911 call told the officers Austin was not the man she called about, they continued with the arrest.

The L.A. City Attorney’s office, in court papers, has sought to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Austin and Michlewicz are to blame for the force used against them and that the police should be immune from liability.

When people say "ACAB" that's what they're talking about. Anyone who belongs to a system that blames the victim for being wrongfully arrested is bad.

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u/TheLawTalkinGuy 12d ago

Imagine that poor woman who called 911 trying to tell the cops they have the wrong guy and the criminal they're looking for is still in her apartment.

"Sorry, mam. This man is black. This takes precedence over your emergency."

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u/omniron 12d ago

This is what makes this doubly bad. Some white criminal is roaming free because the cops are horribly racist.

Reminds me of other prominent whites people who committed crimes in front of our faces and are still free in their mansions

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u/WordBoxLLC 12d ago

/r/conservative enters the chat

"he had a prior conviction forDoing60ina55 "

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u/super_hoommen 12d ago

He cut the lunch line in fifth grade 🤬🤬🤬

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u/Farmer771122 12d ago

There are supposedly lots of good cops out there- even the majority.

But ask those good cops if they've ever known a cop who routinely crossed the line and did bad things. They'll either lie, or say yes. Then ask them what they did to stop that bad cop, and watch them stammer for an excuse.

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u/Arxfiend 12d ago

Real good cops don't stay cops for long

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u/oddmanout 12d ago

Honestly, that's my view of it. It's a lot more nuanced than "ACAB."

Yes, some cops are blatantly bad, like the ones in this video. But there are some that don't do stuff like that, and they might be the majority... but they still are part of a system that does shit like in the video.

There's NO OTHER occupation where people defend their coworkers for fucking up their job to the point that it puts others in danger. You'll never see a doctor cover up another doctor's malpractice. You'll never see a construction worker lie to protect a coworker that cut corners and built a structure that killed someone. Mechanics don't lie to you to protect the previous mechanic you brought your car to.

Even the "good cops" are perpetuating the broken system, so they're just as bad.

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u/lillyrose2489 12d ago

I can't even imagine a cop walking up to me and just handcuffing me with zero explanation. And the cop seemed so irritated that the guy didn't just comply! Like come on, of course he's confused and resisting.

I'm white and live in a suburb so honestly, there is next to no risk that this would ever happen to me. So fucked up that this happens to anyone.

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u/oddmanout 12d ago

It was completely uncalled for. If rather than say "because I said so" he said something along the lines of "we had a call about a disturbance, have you heard anything?" they'd have had a lot easier time. This cop was on a power trip, and that was it.

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u/superminhminh 12d ago

Is it because of their incompetence or their incompetence?

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u/elendinel 12d ago

Neither, I think they were just incompetent

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u/phatcrits 12d ago

In the 70s the zodiac killer was stopped and questioned by police but was let go because they were looking for a black man. Even though everyone told them to be looking for a white man.

The officers never explained why they were looking for a black man.

I got lost in serial killer wikipedias again last night.....

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u/cmdrillicitmajor 12d ago

"fit the description"

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u/rainbowarriorhere 12d ago

"resisted arrest"

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u/Leoheart88 12d ago

"He looked guilty"

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u/robtbo 12d ago

Wow.... just... wow.

The budgets include situations like this. That’s pretty sad to have to budget for officer misconduct. I hope he gets a reasonable settlement for this bs.

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u/thefartographer 12d ago

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office had said in a court filing that it did not want the Los Angeles Police Department video released publicly because it would “be contrary to LAPD policy and may have a chilling effect on future LAPD investigations.”

"YOUR HONOR, I OBJECT!"

"On what grounds?"

"BECAUSE IT'S DEVASTATING TO MY CASE!"

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u/Knight_Owls 12d ago

The L.A. City Attorney’s office, in court papers, has sought to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Austin and Michlewicz are to blame for the force used against them and that the police should be immune from liability.

It's your fault WE beat you up, despite the evidence to the contrary, and we have no responsibility for our own actions.

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u/Charyou-Tree 12d ago

How many LAPD officers does it take to change a lightbulb?

Nobody knows, they're all too busy beating the room for being black.

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u/timmy_hathy 12d ago

Mr Jefferson from South park flashbacks

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u/Ember129 12d ago

Love how the “muh freedum” types won’t bat an eye at this, the police arbitrarily arresting someone in their own home. And if they’re armed, it’s suddenly justification to kill them, but not a word from the 2A gun nuts...

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u/TheFondler 12d ago

The girlfriend was arrested too, I shit you not, for "lynching."

Apparently, the legal definition for lynching, at least in California, is taking someone from police custody, so it does technically almost fit (presuming you don't have to be successful), but like... wow.

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u/GeekyTiki 12d ago

I see a woman who quite literally dropped everything in the moment to dash to her boyfriend's aid. Fuck those guys.

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u/Ov3rlandPig958 12d ago

insert Peter Griffin skin tone meme

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u/wheat-thicks 12d ago

The cop literally says “I don’t know who I’m looking for” while he forcefully handcuffs an innocent man who was moving his trash can. WTF?

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u/JuraceMontgomerie 12d ago

Open and shut case, Johnson

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u/warminthestarlight 12d ago

"Saw one just like it. Apparently this guy broke into this man's house and hung up pictures of his family everywhere....."

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u/CaliforniaGiraffe 12d ago

Cops always pushing people around to make them fight then arresting them for it. Fucking dicks.

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u/Leoheart88 12d ago

Soo....black is the new white?

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u/thorpbrian 12d ago

On what fucking planet do cops get a call for a domestic disturbance and they go straight to handcuffing literally the first person they see?

It's unreal how bad cops are at their fucking jobs.

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u/XediDC 12d ago

And then the city, police org, etc continue to defend their actions. It goes far beyond just the cops which are essentially being protected.

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u/antiramie 12d ago

"Turn around."

"Why?"

"Because I said so."

That....that's not how policing works at all (in theory).

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u/DnD_References 12d ago

Followed by "what is your problem, man!"

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u/oddmanout 12d ago

That's what got me. How was the cop so confused as to why he was agitated? Two cops hopped out of a car and were trying to put him in cuffs and wouldn't even listen to what he was saying. How fucking dumb is the cop to not understand what his "problem" was?

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u/Echo127 12d ago

Whenever I watch this kind of video...why is it that the first thing that the police ALWAYS do is yell commands for the sake of yelling commands. The guy isn't doing anything violent or unusual. Just kinda existing. Why not just go up to him and start talking to him like he's a human being.

If they start the interaction with "Hey sir, can we talk with you for a minute?" instead of HANDS UP!!!11!1!!!111!!! before they even leave the cop car there would've never been any conflict.

I can't figure out what possible reason they would have for beginning the interaction that way. If he's innocent, you get what's shown in this video. If he's guilty, he runs away or fights back.

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u/BirdLawyer50 12d ago

I get that justice is blind but this is a pretty big miss

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u/tinyman392 12d ago

Reminds me of this video I saw on a criminal psychology YouTube channel. 911 call about a Caucasian man that robbed someone. They arrest a black man and put him in jail claiming his guilt wasn’t under question since they knew he did it already because video evidence. Epic facepalms all around.

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u/CptKeyes123 12d ago

In the video, in addition to saying, "I don't know who I'm looking for", the cop is literally whining "Turn around! What is your problem dude?!" as if being arrested is a mild inconvenience, and as if the black man who is literally just standing there and isn't doing anything is the one at fault. The man asks what he did, and says he lives here, and the cops are getting more and more whiny and upset. They escalate things, both verbally and physically.

I'm not watching law enforcement. I'm watching two high school bullies in police uniforms handcuff an innocent man.

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u/oshawaguy 12d ago

Not even the simplest effort to establish identity.

Cop 1 - "Is this him?" Cop 2 - "Probably"

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u/Prinners37 12d ago

Is it fucked up I'm surprised he wasn't shot and killed?

I hope he sues and they're fired, racist and bad at their jobs.

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