An harmless mentally sick 27-year-old man was tased and overwhelmed to dying by untrained cops in Louisiana after he freaked out on the sight of them arriving to escort him to hospital.
A surveillance video reveals a violent wrestle between a mentally sick man and Gretna police, who’re accused of getting away with homicide after beating the younger man to dying at a comfort retailer.
Police say the officers concerned in February’s incident “acted appropriately” and “responded reasonably.”
Kendole Joseph’s household need the officers to be fired and demand higher coaching for police.
Gretna police division launched the surveillance video on Thursday.
The Free Thought Project:
In a case horrifyingly just like that of Kelly Thomas in Fullerton, California, a younger mentally sick man by the identify of Kendole Joseph was overwhelmed to dying on video by untrained and outright rabid cops. Despite the killing taking place in February, and the household’s repeated calls for to see the surveillance footage, the video wasn’t launched till this week.
It was a “murder on tape” household legal professional Michael Oppenheimer stated throughout a press convention on Friday, noting that police launched the video publicly earlier than they even had the frequent decency to indicate it to the household.
Joseph’s household was joined by civil rights activist Ja’Mal Green who additionally decried the response from police.
“We saw that surveillance video,” Green stated to reporters. “It proves everything that we had been saying from the beginning. Kendole had a mental health issue and the Gretna Police Department didn’t know how to deal with it, so they killed him.”
“He was simply minding his own business,” stated Oppenheimer of how the incident started. “He harmed no one. He wouldn’t harm a flea.”
The incident occurred in February when Joseph’s mom known as police to assist get her son to the hospital as he was within the midst of a psychological breakdown. However, as is the case so tragically typically, when police arrived, the very last thing Joseph acquired was assist.
“His mother called on police that day asking them to help him, bring him to the hospital — not to tase and kill him,” stated Green.
Joseph was unarmed and had not dedicated any crime when police arrived. However, their mere presence was sufficient to frighten the younger man and brought on him to run. To escape what he perceived as a menace, Joseph bumped into a neighborhood comfort retailer.
Moments later all of Joseph’s fears can be justified as he discovered a number of ‘linebacker’ sized cops on prime of him, pounding in his head.
Police had been going to arrest Joseph for the usual resisting arrest and battery on an officer. However, after being overwhelmed so badly, he needed to be dropped at the hospital the place he would die solely 48 hours later.
Naturally, the Gretna police division is claiming they did every little thing by the e-book and has all however referred to themselves as heroes over the killing of Joseph.
“Officers responded to a potentially deadly encounter with a much lower level of force and de-escalation of force than could have been justified under the circumstances,” the assertion from Gretna police stated.
How, precisely, an unarmed younger man, terrified of police due to a psychological sickness, was a ‘potentially deadly encounter’, stays to be seen. But, this rhetoric, for now, has confirmed to work as no law enforcement officials concerned have confronted a lot as a slap on the wrist.
As the video begins, Joseph is seen working like a scared little boy. When he sees these armed males attempt to kidnap and assault him for no motive, he panics and tries to cover behind the comfort retailer counter.
After leaping behind the counter, an officer that seems to weigh someplace within the neighborhood of 350 kilos then jumps on prime of him. For a number of minutes Joseph is tasered and overwhelmed.
“They beat him to death behind that counter for no reason other than he was mentally ill and he was black,” Oppenheimer stated.
Despite the beating being clearly captured on video, the coroner report stated that the reason for Joseph’s dying was undetermined as as to if it was unintended or pure. Apparently, the coroner both failed to look at the video under or is clearly biased towards police.
Sadly, for now, it appears the one justice that Joseph’s household will obtain will probably be by means of a lawsuit on the taxpayer’s expense. Due to the dearth of coaching and tendency to escalate to violence throughout the Gretna police power, residents would do nicely to steer clear. If you need assistance with a mentally sick member of the family, do not forget that that is what occurs while you name the cops.