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VIDEO: 14 San Francisco Police Officers Take Down One-Legged Homeless Black Man


VIDEO: 14 San Francisco Police Officers Take Down One-Legged Homeless Black Man

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April V. Taylor

After a year of nationwide protests against police brutality, passers-by are still able to capture police officers using excessive force against unarmed citizens. This time, Medium reporter Chaedria LaBouvier captured a Black man being taken down by San Francisco police officers outside of Twitter headquarters.

What makes the August 4th incident seem worse than other incidences of police brutality that have been captured on video is that this particular incident involved 14 San Francisco police officers and a homeless unarmed Black man who only had one leg. Witnesses report that officers had been called about someone waving sticks around, with no one on the scene completely sure who made the call.

LaBouvier captured the incident after officers had already approached the man and picks up with officers holding him down, half-naked for at least a half an hour. To make matters worse, the street where the incident occurred was one of San Francisco’s busiest in terms of traffic. The sticks that someone reported the man had been waving around were actually his crutches. The tension between the man and officers was over the fact that he did not want to give up his crutches to the officers.

The man asked officers multiple times, “What are you doing this for? These are my crutches. I use them to walk.” Footage shows one officer stomping on his prosthetic leg. After the man was handcuffed and pinned to the ground with four people on top of him, officers stood on his leg, twisting it at one point. Officers continued to pin the man to the concrete even after it was obvious that he was unable to walk.

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Several officers on the scene tried to block the public’s view of officers’ actions. The man can be heard on the video saying “they’re going to shoot me,” with a bystander reassuring him that people were filming in an effort to prevent that from happening.

The man was not arrested, but was instead strapped to a stretcher and carted off to a hospital despite there not being any apparent reason for him to need medical treatment. La Bouvier reports that the man was clearly “humiliated, crying and deeply upset.”

The San Francisco Police Department has a history of controversy. Earlier this year, the department became embroiled in a scandal over racist text messages. This year also saw several current and former officers sentenced to jail for drug dealing and pocketing money that was confiscated during raids.


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  1. childofthesixties

    August 22, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    What cowards! Sounds like a law suit to me. The White punks should have been trying to help him up instead of stepping on him. Apparently today these cops are not truly taught how to handle anyone let alone Black people. Maybe they just despise us because of our color and it makes no difference if we have done something wrong or not. Families of these abused, shot and murdered Black men and women should bleed the police departments dry and then maybe they will train these cowards how to handle human beings! Yes, I am aware of the fact that we have thugs that need to be shot when they have murdered others or they are shooting at cops but there are ways to handle someone that is just making a disturbance. They need to get cops off their butts and place them back on the streets so that they can learn the neighborhoods on their beats! Sitting on their butts is the reason most of them look like Fat Albert the cartoon, also the reason they are shooting us in the back when we run because their fat butts can’t run and it is easier for them to shoot and ask questions later! They also need to be trained as to how to handle the mentally ill!

    • Leonard Langdon

      August 22, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      All the training in the world isn’t going to stop these maniacs killing our people, a long jail sentence will make them think twice.

      • Jeanne DeFlorio

        August 23, 2015 at 8:52 am

        And the cover up cops need to be jailed also.

    • Yosef ben Israel

      September 1, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      The most effective way to nail these “peace officers” is to go after them all personally under common law. You cannot go into their kangaroo courts and expect justice. Use common law to get them. Don’t know much about it? Google and find a common law expert and go after them.

  2. James Love

    August 22, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    What appears to be apparent is they don’t care if they are exposed as the cowards they are. If the man is unarmed and a non-threat to ones safety is it necessary to humiliate the person, That’s the part that angers me, It appears cops want to dehumanize their victims especially African Americans men/women. Just so we prove its racism, take that same scenario White and they would be helping the man up and handing him his crutches apologetically. Come on people.. Do you not think we are able to see this disparity of justice.

  3. Anthony Bridges

    August 29, 2015 at 11:04 am

    We live in 2015 and not much has changed since the days of my youth. I was a kid of 8 years watching Selma on the news, I was 12 when Dr. King was assassinated. I’m 58 now and as a black man I’m not shocked at any of the police shootings that have occurred. The police have terrorized the black community with impunity ever since I can remember and have not been held accountable as their version of events was enough to prevent prosecution. Now with the cell phone video we are able to refute the police version of events (see Michael Slager shooting Walter Scott in the back) without the video the officers account of what happened would be accepted as fact. When the good people have had enough we may make some positive change beyond a couple of days sound bites in the media. Until the police are trained to embrace the community, distain and contempt will be their norm

  4. Larry

    August 31, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Where are the good COPS” you mean that none of the 14 that was there had the right since to say hey stop this. But what we hear are there are good COPS out there, well where are they. The other office tried to block people from seeing what was being done to this man. But yet they are good cops.

    Again there are no good cops just followers of the beast BLACK are WHITE!

    • v.Campbell

      September 3, 2015 at 6:25 am

      Theses are the kkk in law enforcement.

  5. Ms Monica

    September 1, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    I think that there are KKK’s sprinkled into some of these police forces. But it is a bad thing to start shooting some of them. So what will make it stop ? By sending some of them to prison ? Now all police are not bad. but it is beginning to look like the mass majority of them are

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