The incivility and cruelty of law enforcement against black citizens of the United States continues unabated.
And it’s not just white officers who hate the black bodies they are sworn to serve and protect (as Freddie Gray and plenty other cases show).
In a recent report by WXYZ Detroit, an investigator combed through hundreds of hours of audio and video evidence in a case of a 15-year-old who died after law enforcement tased him while he was on a moving ATV—footage only procured after journalists used the Freedom of Information Act—showing just how contemptible it gets.
Last August, a 15-year-old Damon Grimes, crashed and died after he was tased from a moving Michigan State Trooper vehicle while he commandeered an ATV in Detroit’s streets. His crime? Popping a wheelie in a residential neighborhood.
After being shot with the volts of electricity, Grimes slammed into the back of a parked truck and flew off his four-wheeler. “The impact of the crash ripped gashes into his forehead, both cheeks and upper lip, and dislocated his skull,” reports the Detroit Free Press.
The dashcam footage from MSP Troopers, Mark Bessner and Ethan Berger, who were the chasers, was not released. But what was will make your skin crawl, underscoring the very contempt shown by both state and city police officers as this child lay dying in the street.
“Don’t run from the State Police, you get fucked up,” said one officer, according to WXYZ.
Also on video, troopers can be seen attempting CPR on Grimes, and awaiting an ambulance.
“His pulse is weakening, what’s our ETA?” is heard on dispatch.
“His pulse is weakening because he was on that fuckin’ thing, and you chased his ass,” Detroit Police officer Kimberly Buckner muttered to herself as she stepped out of her vehicle, her body camera recording every step and word.
“They tased his ass while he was cruising,” said an officer who walked up to Buckner as he covers her body cam.
Buckner then shuts off her camera.
However, another officer, Emily Stephenson turned on her body cam as the ambulance arrived and the stretcher is wheeled up to Grimes’ body, while another officer shuts off his body camera.
“Should we give them like an escort or something?” she asks DPD Officer Aubrey Wade. “Should we give them an escort to St. Johns?”
“For him? Hell no!” said Wade.
“They got lights and sirens. We only do that for police,” he said. “If an officer gets shot we’ll do that.”
The Free Press also reports this wonderful commentary from Detroit’s finest:
Shortly after the ambulance pulled away, Buckner approached that same officer and said Grimes’ mother needed to be at the hospital.
“That’s a grown-ass man,” he said of Grimes, a 6-foot-1, 234-pound teenager.
“No, he’s 15,” she replied. “He’s 15 years old.”
“He’s a bad-ass 15,” the male officer said, later adding: “No sympathy at all for bullshit. Motherfucker wanna be grown, ya act grown, you gotta fuckin’ deal with it.”
Damon Grimes was pronounced dead on arrival at St. John’s Hospital.
WXYZ reports that “due to his insensitive comments, Detroit Police Officer Aubrey Wade [an African American] was reassigned.”
In December, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter charges against Bessner.
“Trooper Bessner unnecessarily deployed his Taser at Mr. Grimes without legal justification or excuse as Mr. Grimes was traveling at least 35 to 40 miles per hour,” Worthy said when she announced the charges Dec. 20.
Bessner, awaiting an August murder trial, later resigned from Michigan State Police.
The Grimes family has filed a $50 million civil suit against Bessner. They have also filed a $75,000 suit again Trooper Ethan Berger, the driver of the MSP pursuit vehicle. That trial is expected to begin in 2019.
My guess: The city will pay its taxpayer-funded blood money and our blood will continue to spill in the streets across America.
source: the root