Victim Of Buffalo Police Brutality Speaks Out [Video]
We often hear about Buffalo Police using excessive force, but this time it was caught on camera, and thankfully, the victim lived to tell the side of the story that was not filmed. Get all the details inside.
This video, titled "Buffalo Police Brutality", was posted on YouTube two days ago, and it already has over 30,000 views.
Most people were outraged by the footage of several officers beating the crap out of someone who was obviously already subdued and handcuffed. However, there were many comments that suggested that the suspect deserved to be treated like this, due to the fact that cameras started rolling AFTER the 23 year old was on the ground.
Now we get to hear the whole story from the victim/suspect's (depending on your views) mouth, courtesy of WIVB news investigators, who spoke to John Willet, who is at the center of this story.
Willet says that he was being followed by an unmarked police vehicle on Saturday, April 19, 2014. Since he didn't recognize the vehicle, he was afraid that he might be at risk of being carjacked, robbed or otherwise hurt by the people in his rear-view mirror, so he put the pedal to the metal and took off.
According to a police complaint, Willet was traveling at a high rate of speed, and they were trying to get him to slow down. They say Willet bailed out of the car near Philadelphia and Ontario Streets and started running. Willet admits that he ran from police, but says he eventually stopped and gave up.
Willet said, “I put my hands up, and that’s when I got the first swing to my face.”
News 4 asked, “So, you surrendered?”
Willet said, “I surrendered. I stopped. I put my hands up. It was no more point to run.”
The only thing I can think was just to keep telling them or asking them, or begging them to stop hitting me. My face obviously started hurting. I felt my face starting to swell up. I didn’t want to have a shut eye.
He was arrested for resisting arrest and drug possession.
I do not have an issue that police pulled this guy over, nor do I have a problem with his arrest, since he did have crack in his pockets. I do have a problem with the officers kicking and hitting a man who lay face down in the street with his hands cuffed behind his back! THIS IS EXCESSIVE FORCE!