Thanks to smartphones across America there is no doubt police brutality should be pushed to the forefront of today’s concerns.
There is new cellphone footage of a Black man in St. Paul, Minnesota being confronted by police for walking to pick up his children from school. The video was filmed in January, but was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday. On the YouTube page, Christoper Lollie, the man who recorded the incident, revealed police officials confiscated his phone for six months.
In the footage you observe—at first—a calm conversation between Lollie and a female police officer. The officer questioned Lollie probing for his name. Lollie refused to give the officer his name and responded, “Well, I know my rights, first off. Secondly, I don’t have to let you know who I am if I haven’t broken any laws.”
As the female officer and Lollie continue to stroll in the direction of his children’s school, a male officer appears. The male officer who is more irate, questions what’s happening and finally tells Lollie he is going to jail.
Again Lollie questions the police, but things become violent. He pleads with the officers, but without regard St. Paul’s police apprehend Lollie. His phone drops and you hear officers shout, “You’re gonna get tased.”
Lollie cries out for help as well as notify the officers his children are standing in eyesight.