The family of a suspect leveled a serious allegation of police brutality against officers in Rainbow City, Alabama. A family member posted a photo on Facebook of the suspect with his front row of teeth knocked out and suffering from severe injuries.
According to ijr.com:
“Rainbow city beat him half to death and pushed him off a bridge,” the Facebook post alleged.
In response to the allegations, the Rainbow City Police Department released shocking body camera footage that shows what really happened to the suspect.
In the video released by Police Chief Jonathon Horton, the suspect is seen suddenly running away from officers and jumping over a barrier, falling roughly 19 feet onto what appear to be rocks.
AL.com has more details on the incident:
The video shows the officer shouting at the man, “Let me see your hands. Let me see your hands. He’s crawling. He’s crawling. He’s right there in the bushes.”
The video is from the perspective of the officer who guided other officers with his flashlight from the bridge and not from the officers who were searching for the man below the bridge. Horton said the man took off his pants while attempting to jump into the river. Another officer went below the bridge to find the man. Horton said the man continued to run from police and did not show his hands. An officer used a stun gun on the man, at which point he stopped running.
Horton strongly refuted claims that officers “beat” the suspect. He argued the only physical contact between the suspect and officers occurred when a Taser was deployed as they attempted to detain him.
“He jumped off the bridge,” Horton added.
Officers also gave aide to the suspect before he was transported to a hospital to treat his injuries.
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