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Cops Assault Teen Then Try To Delete Video, But Fail (Very Graphic)

  1. 5-HT2A
    Video: https://drugs-forum.com/forum/local_links.php?action=ratelink&catid=188&linkid=14136

    Virginia Beach, VA– In January, 18-year-old Courtney Griffith was pulled over for the light on her license plate being out. Concerned by the officer’s aggressive behavior and knowing her rights, she propped her cell phone up on the dashboard to capture the incident.

    After brutalizing her 17-year-old friend and taking them both into custody, the officers attempted to delete the footage. Luckily, the video went to a “recently deleted” file on her iPhone and was able to be recovered.

    The young mother had just pulled into her driveway with the father of her child as well as her 17-year-old friend Brandon. As they turned in, police officers who were following her turned on their lights and pulled her over, citing the light above her license plate. One of the officers who pulled her over, Officer Pittman, was the same officer who had previously arrested her as a minor for possession of marijuana, something she maintains she no longer touches. Griffith believes that he had remembered her from their previous encounter.

    The officers proceeded to tell the teenagers that the vehicle smelled like marijuana and demand that the passengers step out of the vehicle. At this point, there were four cop cars on the scene over a broken license plate light and the alleged smell of marijuana. Brandon, being a minor, repeatedly requested that his parents be present.

    Griffith asks if she is being detained and the officers reply that she is. At this point, an officer moves the front passenger seat forward and instructs the teens to keep their hands visible at all times, after asking another officer to “go cover the driver.”

    The teenagers are asked to step out of the vehicle. Brandon continues to request his parents be present while Griffith is heard calling the officer out on being the same cop that had previously pulled her over. Things begin to escalate, and the sensible young woman requests a sergeant be present to avoid her rights being further infringed.

    An officer is heard grunting an order at Brandon and his eyes widen as he asks Griffith to make sure she is recording. As he is speaking, he is shot in the eyes with pepper spray.

    Moments later he is hit with another round of pepper spray and tased. As he cries out in pain, the officers continue to grunt at him to get out of the vehicle.

    The officers begin beating him and screaming at him, continuing to escalate the situation and making things as hectic as possible. Brandon was ultimately tased four times. Eight cops were on the scene, with at least five of them involved in the assault on the unarmed teen.

    At the end of the video, you can see an officer looking around the vehicle with a flashlight and then shutting off the camera. Griffith told The Free Thought Project that this was the Sargent she had requested to come to the scene. She believes he is the one who attempted to delete the footage.

    Brandon is currently imprisoned until July on charges of assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.

    Please share this story widely and message the Virginia Beach Police to demand they conduct an investigation into these officer’s actions.

    by Cassandra Fairbanks

    April 9, 2015

    Source: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/of...attempted-delete-footage/#DQu4R0QOsPKxoX0W.99

    Video: https://drugs-forum.com/forum/local_links.php?action=ratelink&catid=188&linkid=14136


  1. Diverboone
    Non working license plate illumination is probable cause to stop a motorist to issue a citation or warning. The smell of marijuana coming from a recently stopped vehicle does meet the criteria needed to form "probable cause" for a warrantless search of the vehicle. During a traffic stop the officer is allow to order the driver or passengers out of the vehicle in most States. Failure to comply with that order is usually a charge such as obstruction or willful non compliance with lawful order. The smell of marijuana changed this encounter from a traffic stop to a felony investigation. It also is reasonable suspicion to further investigate (detain occupants) for the origins of the smell. Age of the occupants is not an insulation from these legal request.

    The question is did the 17 year old's resistance or non resistance rise to the level to require forcefully removing him? I think so, but it is questionable.
  2. ianzombie
    How old was he?

    But seriously.....
    No matter what they were stopped for and no matter how no-complient he was, why the fuck is it in anyway acceptable for cops to do this?
    I am so glad our cops don't do this sort of crap.
  3. CaptainTripps
    I think it should be considered a civil rights violation under color of law for any law enforcement officer to deliberately delete any video of an encounter with the public. This should be considered to be a crime as serous as rape or attempted murder.

    Assuming that it is determined that this was an illegal assault by the police I think that the officer should get a year or two for the assault. I think they should get a decade or two for attempting to delete the video.

    I also think that in a criminal trial against a defendant where it can be shown that the police tampered with evidence in anyway, that the officer should be prohibited from testifying against the defendant on the grounds that the officer cannot be trusted. This should not be an instruction from the judge that the testimony is suspect, it should flatly be not allowed at all.

    If the video is deleted in an attempt to cover up a homicide of any level, if the officer is convicted of the homicide of lets say manslaughter, they should receive the same penalty as for first degree murder.

    Considering that the police are always given the benefit of the doubt when there is no solid objective evidence to the contrary, any attempt to destroy such evidence should be treated in as extreme way as is possible.

    No excuse, no mercy. If that sounds extreme think of all that deaths at the hands of the police that have gone unpunished over the history of our country.

    There should never be a benefit for a police officer to destroy video evidence.
  4. Diverboone
    CaptainTripps brings up a very valid point. I'm not sure of Virgina Law but tampering/destruction of evidence is a chargeable crime. One that is utilized much in my State. It's also a crime committed by Law Enforcement way too often.

    In our world of mass surveillance and expanding electronic capabilities has began to shed a light on just how often this happens. I personally believe the true seriousness and just how often this happens has not been seen.

    I also believe the officers that are caught attempting to destroy evidence of this kind should be prosecuted to the fullest extent. For the very officers responsible for an arrest to knowingly and with intent, destroy evidence of their criminal acts while making an arrest is a disgrace to everyone in uniform. And should be an upwards mitigating factor. Along with possessing a firearm during the commission of a crime and commission of a crime by authoritative figure.

    The officers in the OP video are on treacherous grounds. Courts are notorious for finding in the officers favor by no criminal charges being filed, which is what I think will be the case in this instant. But that might not hold true in a civil case concerning damages caused by use of excessive force when the evidence is submitted for a jury to decide.
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