In the latest case of internet social justice warriors attacking police, a Facebook video of an arrest out of Chicago has gone viral. And now a DeKalb police officer has been assigned to administrative duties as a result.
The internet is freaking out over the video of a weekend arrest that appeared to show an officer holding a man around his neck while another officer used a Taser.
Of course the outrage from people who have apparently gotten their law degree from Facebook has lead to a comprehensive review of the case.
Interim Chief John Petragallo said the department said it is “reviewing all available video footage and statements regarding the use of force in this incident.” They’ve also asked the Illinois State Police to conduct an independent review.
Lest you think this is a poor, innocent kid… here’s the story.
It all started last Saturday when police were tipped off that 25-year-old Elonte McDowell of Aurora was driving to DeKalb with a “load of drugs” in a tan Chevrolet Malibu.
When police located the Malibu and stopped it, police said McDowell was asked to get out of the car while a police dog checked for narcotics.
According to police, that search turned up a “felony amount of cannabis”.
When DeKalb police told McDowell he was under arrest, they say he tried to take off and then resisted being placed in handcuffs. They were forced to use a Taser on him.
He was finally handcuffed and at some point declined medical treatment, according to police.
The video footage has been shared thousands of times.
In it, McDowell appears on the ground as officers try to put handcuffs on him.
“Record this, babe,” McDowell says to his girlfriend.
Police say she was in the car with him when it was stopped.
“He’s in a … chokehold and you just tased him,” says McDowell’s girlfriend. “For what?”
She then professes her undying love for the criminal.
“I love you so much, for real, I love you so much,” she says.
She then begins rubbing McDowell’s head as he lies still in handcuffs.
“You’re OK, big boy,” an officer says.
Then then pats McDowell on the cheek and shoulder, as McDowell lies still and does not respond.
An officer then warns the girlfriend to back up and not to “impede my investigation.”
“Do you not understand I have a dog in my hand and he will bite you?” an officer says.
At the end of the video, you see one officer guarding McDowell as he lies on the asphalt of the parking lot.
Back in 2015, there was a law passed in Illinois which “prohibits the use of chokeholds” “unless deadly force is justified.”
The law specifically defines a chokehold as:
“Applying any direct pressure to the throat, windpipe, or airway of another with the intent to reduce or prevent the intake of air”.
But it does not include:
“Any holding involving contact with the neck that is not intended to reduce the intake of air.”
Facebook social justice warriors are screaming that the officer holding his arm around McDowell’s neck would meet that definition.
Shocker – McDowell has hired a civil attorney, Antonio Jeffrey.
He also said Illinois State Police were investigating the incident.
Sgt. Jacqueline Cepeda, a state police spokeswoman, confirmed they were investigating “the use of force portion of this incident”.
DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said his agency, along with DeKalb city police had a K-9 unit on scene for an “external” drug search and another officer used a Taser during the arrest.
Scott’s office’s review of the incident says the county officer was within department guidelines when using the Taser.
“We just reviewed our officer’s actions and found he was within compliance. His actions were only the use of the Taser. He wasn’t involved in the wrestling match,” Scott said.
And that’s fair game.
“He acted within the scope of our rules and regulations regarding the use of the Taser and the Taser was meant to end and stop the struggle to alleviate any injuries. And it did that.”
Jeffrey’s office says they are also “investigating” and demanded police “preserve evidence”.
“What happened to our client … was completely unlawful, unjustified, and we believe racially motivated,” Jeffrey said in a statement.
There was earlier video footage that appears to show McDowell being pulled over by officers.
In it, officers ask McDowell if he is supposed to be on the property and say he is trespassing.
McDowell then tells police he was driving with his girlfriend to “get a haircut” and asks multiple times why he is being detained.
According to McDowell’s criminal attorney, Brian Erwin, the stop was “unjustified.”
In the end, McDowell was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with the intent to deliver, unlawful possession of cannabis, criminal trespass to property and resisting a peace officer.
He was taken to the DeKalb County Jail, but a short time after was released on his own recognizance, according to court and jail records.
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Earlier this week, another video went viral showing four New York Police Department officers struggling to arrest a man resisting getting into a police car.
In the video, which was retweeted a Republican New York state assemblyman, you see others mocking the officers.
Mike Reilly shared the video.
The reality on the street. https://t.co/QxMxp2xRnA
— Mike Reilly (@MikeWReilly) August 25, 2019
In it, you see the officers calling for assistance as onlookers demand the cops call an ambulance for the man, who is under arrest.
When did the video surface?
It came just hours after NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill claimed a police slowdown when performing routine work would not occur in response to Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s termination from the force.
Reilly is a former NYPD lieutenant.
He points out that the video is proof that NYPD cops are slowing down their responses to routine calls in the wake of Pantaleo’s firing.
“In that video, you hear the public who were filming it. They actually said, ‘Call him an ambulance.’ They all realize that isn’t what’s supposed to be done there. He is physically resisting getting put into a police car,” he said.
What does that mean, exactly?
“So the arrest has not been fully effective at that time. The person is in custody, but he can’t be transported from there.”
It didn’t take long for fallout to begin following the firing of Pantaleo, the officer involved in the 2014 death of Eric Garner.
The president of the Police Benevolent Association, Patrick Lynch, called on “all New York City police officers to proceed with the utmost caution in this new reality, in which they may be deemed ‘reckless’ just for doing their job.”
“We will uphold our oath, but we cannot and will not do so by needlessly jeopardizing our careers or personal safety,” Lynch added.
There have been more videos surfacing in New York City recently showing police officers trying to make arrests while the public has attempted to interfere in the process or the suspect has fought back.
90% when officers in NYC are making a collar, they face imminent danger for themself, but thanks to the liberal leadership they have to protect the perp before they can protect themselves. #StandWithTheBlue pic.twitter.com/dkqCnllX6k
— Joel Fischer (@JFNYC1) August 25, 2019
Who does Reilly blame? Like many others, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the top brass at the NYPD.
“I think, unfortunately, the actions of the mayor truly indicate what their insight is and how they feel towards law enforcement,” he said.
He said the fallout is to be expected.
“Everybody wants to jump on a political bandwagon and that’s not what should be done. No. There should be a time and a place where we allow investigations to take their course, and we should be guided by the results and the outcomes,” he added.
Just last week, the NYC Police Benevolent Association took to social media to slam New York Mayor Bill de Blasio over the ‘chaos’ that ensued a week ago Saturday in the Brooklyn projects.
Before it was over, gunshots rang out, items were thrown at cops from every direction and three New York City police officers were in the hospital.
“How are cops supposed to do our job in this environment? When will @NYPDNews or @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio stand up & say enough is enough?” the post on Twitter read.
“Chaos is running the streets. This is outrageous — we’re lucky it wasn’t worse.”
But instead of addressing the issue and condemning the violence… the 2020 hopeful was in New Hampshire working on his presidential campaign.
It took him until late afternoon before he finally addressed the situation.
It’s really simple: anyone who attacks our NYPD officers WILL be caught and WILL pay the consequences.
An investigation is underway into last night’s incidents in Brooklyn. If you have ANY information, please contact the NYPD IMMEDIATELY. https://t.co/WN2qnHixay
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) August 18, 2019
By the time it was over, eight people were in police custody for charges of disorderly conduct. One officer was injured when a man allegedly head-butted him. Another officer had to receive 12 stitches in his arm from going down to the ground at the scene.
Residents of the Marcy House projects were reportedly celebrating ‘Marcy Day’ by having barbecues and parties throughout much of the day on Saturday. When drunk and disorderly fights broke out and things began to get out of control, police attempted to break up some of the unruly gathering. That’s when things turned violent.
How are cops supposed to do our job in this environment? When will @NYPDNews or @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio stand up & say enough is enough? Chaos is running the streets. This is outrageous — we’re lucky it wasn’t worse. https://t.co/hL9EQnhTNX
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) August 18, 2019
A number of videos posted to Instagram show a large police presence running in the direction of the commotion. One person can be overheard saying, “They’re about to shoot, I’m getting the f— out of here.”
Mobs erupted in violence, taunts and gunfire in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn overnight, leaving three officers with minor injuries. Eight people were arrested. Anger may have been stoked by cops using pepper spray.https://t.co/ukpMkK6xMl
— Doug Pologe (@DougPologe) August 18, 2019
Some officers were struck by “air mail,” objects thrown down from rooftops, police at the scene in Bedford-Stuyvesant told The Post. Some of the items included glass bottles, rocks and other projectiles.
Officers reported that after they had attempted to disperse the crowd using pepper spray, a number of gunshots rang out nearby. No injuries were reported from the gunfire, but the noise sent cops running toward the area.
They called it ” ‘F–k you’ to the cops.”
As the area descended into chaos, some people left the scene, but others only grew angrier.
“Straight up cowards!” one man in the crowd shouted at cops at just after midnight. “You don’t know how to do anything you f–king coward!”
Police say that after they attempted to break up the crowd, roving mobs of cop-hating locals roamed the Brooklyn streets for hours, continuing to follow and antagonize police officers in the area. The latest arrest from the incident came just before 3 a.m. Sunday.
It was reported that by early Sunday morning, four people had been arrested for their role within the disorderly mob and eleven were cited for disorderly conduct.
#NY1 in Bed-Stuy #Brooklyn where cops were shot at last night.
They were trying to breakup fights & things got chaotic near Bainbridge & Thomas S Boyland Streets. No injuries. Several arrests.@NY1 pic.twitter.com/e6fJlwjUai
— Amy Yensi (@amyyensi) August 18, 2019
Videos from Instagram showed the aftermath of the disturbance. The post read:
Just was in the middle of a riot on my way home from the deli. Cops beating people up, spraying people with mace, slamming people’s heads into car windshields.. i had permission to film the first guy pouring milk into his eyes, the concerned guy telling me to stop filming wasn’t aware.. but anyways #marcyprojects check out all the police running there was about 40 of them
update: someone was shooting at the cops from the roof across the street…
These attacks are not simply disorderly conduct. The continual disrespect of police is plunging us into a state of lawlessness. If the City does not respong and make it clear our police will be supported, our city will dissolve into chaos. https://t.co/ZKvaPNMz7C
— Assemblyman Colton (@AMWilliamColton) August 19, 2019
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The battles against police rage on in New York just shortly after videos went viral showing locals dousing police with buckets of water. Tensions have been high within the city, prompting multiple violent outbursts against the NYPD by large crowds.