Did Long Beach Police Use Excessive Force In Recent Collective Raid?
Joe | Jul 05, 2012 | Comments 1
On June 19th Long Beach police raided the THC Downtown Collective, and some are now saying – after the video below became public – that excessive force was used.
For instance, why does the officer feel the need to step on the man – Dorian Brooks – while he’s on the ground? And why do they destroy the cameras? What didn’t they want anyone to see?
“They noticed there was a camera that was on the wall right above my head, so they proceeded to smash it with a metal rod,” said Brooks, adding that the camera shattered on him. “I wasn’t able to protect myeslf because my hands were cuffed.”
“I felt violated; I felt disrespected,” Brooks said.
The police were supposedly there because the collective didn’t have a city permit. If so, why was any force needed at all?
Employees say the raid caused tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage. Long Beach police are currently investigating.