A video has surfaced showing a homeless, one-legged man being taken down and handcuffed by 14 police officers … just because he was carrying crutches.
The video was filmed outside Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, California on August 4, but was uploaded to YouTube on Monday by Medium writer Chaédria LaBouvier, who filmed it using her mobile phone.
In her accompanying article, LaBouvier highlights the timeline of events happening in the video:
5 seconds in, you can see a cop literally stomp this man’s real leg and prosthetic leg.
At 10 seconds, the man-handling of his head begins.
At 22 seconds the man says, “What the f*** is you doing this to me?”
Around 1:35, the “Blue Wall” begins to form to block my filming.
Around 3:11, you can see that the man is partially nude, his a** is exposed. You can also hear me responding to the things that officers are saying to me, even if you can’t really hear them. Among the things they said: “You don’t live here,” “What do you do?” and “Oh, you’re a journalist, right, for who?”
Around 3:55, you can’t hear him, but the man on the ground says, “they’re going to shoot me” and then you can clearly hear someone behind me say, “They ain’t gonna shoot you man, that’s why we have these cameras out here.”
4:00 the wall begins to deepen and you can also see his nude backside completely exposed.
Around 6:00 he begins saying how much it hurts — “this sh*t hurts” and at 6:44, he says, “ That sh*t hurts…I have a f***ing sore, an infection, on my leg.”
Around 7:00 the man begins asking, “What the f*** is wrong with you, is this what you do? [inaudible? something “treat me”?] Is this respectable? When I say ‘no’, is this what you do to me?”
At 7:25 he’s explaining to them, as he has before — and other people in the background have also corroborated — that he was walking with the sticks that were confiscated from him.
According to LaBouvier, the man was eventually taken away by medics … and he was not charged with a crime.
Watch the incredible footage below (Warning: Contains some nudity, foul language).