A former Louisiana state police officer was charged Thursday with civil rights violations for beating a black motorist 18 times with a torch. The Associated Press.
why it mattersThe indictment of former state trooper Jacob Brown is the first criminal case to come out of a federal investigation into attacks in which state soldiers and their bosses concealed incidents of misconduct, according to AP.
description: A grand jury on Thursday charged Brown with deprivation of rights under a color of law relating to excessive force. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the Justice Department.
- He was “perhaps the most violent trooper of the Louisiana State Police in recent years. Records show that he matched 23 uses of force on black people from 2015–19—and that in Bowman’s case, the state’s charges and black faces two other violent arrests of motorists,” ap writes.
Catch up quickly: In May 2019, Aaron Larry Bowman was pulled over for a traffic violation – improper use of a lane – when state trooper Brown arrived at the scene. The public representatives forcibly removed Boman from his vehicle and slammed him to the ground.
- brown hit bowman 18 bar with flashlight In the span of 24 seconds, Bowman was left with a broken jaw, broken ribs and a wound to the head.
- Brown later claimed that Bowman had hit a deputy and that the beating was intended to force Bowman into handcuffs. Bowman denies killing anyone and footage of the incident is not clearly violent with officers.
- Investigators reported in internal records obtained by the AP that the soldier did not report his use of force and mislabeled his bodycam footage in “a deliberate attempt to hide the video.”
- The state police did not investigate the alleged attack till then. Bowman sued– 536 days later.
What are they saying: “We’re very grateful for what happened today, but it’s not going to satisfy Aaron Bowman or anyone else … Advocate.
- Brown “isn’t the only officer allowed to do this,” says Banks-Millie. said in an interview with BNC News last month. “He has mistreated civilians in his office and something has to be done.”
- Brown’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
- “The actions of Brown and others implicated by the LSP in incidents of extreme force undermine the public’s trust earned by the exemplary actions of our dedicated men and women,” Louisiana State Police Captain Nick Manale said in a statement. “These actions are unforgivable and have no place in professional public security services.”
big picture: One AP Probe Identified a dozen cases over the past decade in which soldiers or their bosses turned a blind eye to evidence of beatings and resisted efforts to investigate misconduct.
- In recent years, 67% of the Louisiana State Police’s uses of force were against black people, per AP.
Noteworthy: Federal prosecutors are investigating a separate incident in which soldiers punched, stunned and pulled Ronald Green, another black motorist, before dying in their custody on the side of the road.
- Bodycam footage of both attacks, which took place less than three weeks apart, was not made public until the AP obtained and published it this year.