19 February 2008

Another Police Brutality Allegation

A Shreveport police officer, Wiley Willis, has been fired after a female prisoner taken into custody on suspicion of DWI wound up lying on a floor at the police station in a pool of blood. The beginning of the incident is on tape, as is the end.
(Image courtesy of ABC News)
The woman, Angie Garbarino of Shreveport, was arrested for DWI. In the tape, you can hear her requesting to make a phone call. It is obvious she is becoming upset and uncooperative. The police officer starts becoming more physical and emotional. He then does something that makes citizens shudder, he turns off the tape.

When the tape resumes, Angie is lying in a pool of her own blood on the floor. (Video is still graphic and should not be viewed by children.)

When the video returns and she is laying in a pool of blood, Willis turns her on her back and tells her, "Lay down; don't move." She responds, "I can't believe what you just did. I really can't. "

Because the police officer turned the tape off as things were escalating, no charges are being filed because there is no film of the alleged attack. Since when can we not file charges without film footage? Does Big Brother have to be watching for a crime to have been committed? Did turning off the video as the situation escalated make you think he was trying to protect the prisoner who ended up with two black eyes, two broken teeth and stitches or himself?

What do you think? Abuse or slip-and-fall? Should the camera have been turned off?

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