Rainbow City police releases video to refute claims of officer brutalityMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jul 15 2017 10:31 AM
A article posted on AL.com: In an effort to silence claims of police brutality made in a viral Facebook post, Rainbow City police have released body camera video of a traffic stop that occurred Thursday night.
The post, which has been shared 28,600 times as of early Friday evening, claims officers beat, use a stun gun and pushed a man off a bridge around 10 p.m. The post says the man was taken to a Gadsden hospital and airlifted to UAB Hospital, but next of kin was not notified. Photos of the man in a hospital bed with a bloody mouth were also posted.
"Rainbow city beat him half to death and pushed him off a bridge," the post said. "The people who are supposed to serve and protect. He's trying to talk but his whole front row of teeth are knocked out, he had to have his tongue sewed back together and his femur bone is broken he has to have surgery on it."
Watch the full body-cam video below. It shows the person jumping off the bridge in a FAILED effort to escape police. The drop of the bridge is estimated to be around 40-50 foot drop onto rocks.
The body cams are to protect both the suspects and the officers against being falsely accused.