Black Mother Calls 911 for Help and Her Family Gets Brutalized by Cops: Video
"It was the worst nightmare I could ever imagine," said Sammie Anderson.
The Desoto, Texas police department released a dashcam video on Monday following pressure from civil rights activists concerned by Sammie Anderson's claims of police brutality against her family.
Anderson called 911 when her two sons in their 20s got into a tense argument at her home in a Dallas suburb. She called the cops as she was fearful the two might seriously hurt one another.
"It was the worst decision I've ever made as a mom,'' Anderson told the Dallas Morning News.
Before cops had arrived on the scene on Aug. 7, Anderson's sons had already stopped arguing.
The dashcam video from one of the patrol cars shows the officers arriving to a quiet scene. Anderson then says to the cops, "No one is fighting."
The officers draw their Tasers and yell for everyone to get on the ground. The family complies, but as some begin to move around, the officers use force.
When they begin to aggressively handle her sons, Anderson steps in, in fear they would be hurt.
"He is not resisting," she says.
Anderson's son was tased repeatedly while already lying on the ground and can be heard screaming in pain.
The video footage shows cops threatening to arrest her for being "a pedestrian in the roadway."
"It was the worst nightmare I could ever imagine," she told WFAA.
She said that her four sons have never been in trouble with police before.
"I taught them to always say, 'yes sir' and 'no sir' to police officers," Anderson said. "I was always proud that my sons had never been in trouble with the law and I always raised them to stay out of trouble and do their best to be a productive citizen. And respect officers and all of those around them, always."
She filed a brutality complaint with the police department against the six officers — Courie Bryant, Patrick Krekel, Kendall McGill, Ryan Money, Bryan Scott-Lee and Larry Walker.
Anderson said they falsely arrested two of her sons on charges of interfering with officers and a third on suspicion of domestic violence.
On Tuesday, the police department released a second 911 call. The caller told a dispatcher one of the sons who was arguing had a sledgehammer as a weapon.
"With the information I have and relative to the video you have, our officers acted appropriately to the incident they responded to," the police chief said.
As a result of the actions of the cops and the arrests, Anderson and her two sons have lost their jobs because of days of work missed while men were in jail.
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A video of a white man yelling at a white cop, without physical consequences, has more than 1 million views.
Botham Jean, Jemel Roberson and Emantic Bradford Jr. were all minding their own business, not mouthing off, and they were shot dead by police. Sandra Bland questioned an officer and wound up dead in a jail cell.
So when a video of an unidentified white man spewing expletives at an officer, throwing his license at the officer, and threatening to kill the officer, without any physical consequences, started circulating on Twitter, it went viral with more than 1 million views this week.
“All Black people have to do is stop mouthing off to police, do as they're told and they won't get shot"....
White people: pic.twitter.com/C7pf122BHm
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) December 2, 2018
People of color on Twitter commented that had it been them in the video, they would've had bullets in the chest by the time the truck passed:
I think that this should be allowed to be shown in the court room when white officers claim they fear for their lives because he clearly said that he would kill that officer now that would be a reason to fear for your life and yet that white man is not shot or is he dead hmmmmmmm
— Kellie Byrdsong (@ByrdsongKellie) December 3, 2018
I've literally seen Black men get manhandled and slapped around over a lot less
— aDORKable_me525 (@JayLaLa_RN) December 3, 2018
The second a black or Latin dude raises his hand and points is the second the cop pulls the trigger... this guy sure represents the power of being white ...
— Alberto Toribio (@ArealMac) December 2, 2018
Boy he would have emptied a clip in my chest for this
— Ahmadd (@amadafrink) December 2, 2018
There are studies that well document how Blacks have been treated differently by police. In the case traffic stops, whites were 57 percent more likely to be spoken to with respectful language, whereas Black drivers were 61 percent more likely to experience an exchange that was the least respectful. Officers language with the least respect included calling people, "dude, bro, boss, man, brotha, sista or chief".
FBI data found that U.S. police kill Black people at disproportionate rates: Black people accounted for 31 percent of police killing victims in 2012, even though they made up just 13 percent of the U.S. population. And 62.7 percent of unarmed people killed by police are Black.
Yet racists, and some conservatives believe the treatment is deserved because Blacks did something wrong.
Angry White Man Invokes Law Enforcement Injustice to Black People When He Thinks He's on the Receiving End: Video
Trump voter expresses frustration at perceived unfair treatment on racial terms.
For example, in Orlando's International Airport in August, a white male Trump supporter tackled to the ground by police for being a disruptive passenger
knew his privilege, when he said, "You're being rough with me. You're f***ing treating me like a Black person."
Reader Question: How does the video of the white man berating the white officer make you feel?
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