The family of a man pulled over by police in Alabama made shocking claims of police brutality after he was pictured in the hospital missing teeth, but even more shocking is what actually happened during the incident.
The family of the unidentified man claimed in a Facebook post that police had severely beaten him, before tossing him over the side of a bridge and causing even more physical injuries. “This abuse NEEDS to stop!” they were quoted saying in the post, which also said police “beat him half to death.”
However, Rainbow City Police are one of many departments who deploy cameras on their officers, and video told an entirely different story. In fact, the shocking footage released by Chief Jonathan Horton shows that the man actually turned and ran from police, only to jump off of the side of a bridge and land on the jagged rocks…20 feet below.
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The video shows the officer shouting at the man, “Let me see your hands. Let me see your hands. He’s crawling. He’s crawling. He’s right there in the bushes.”
The video is from the perspective of the officer who guided other officers with his flashlight from the bridge and not from the officers who were searching for the man below the bridge. Horton said the man took off his pants while attempting to jump into the river. Another officer went below the bridge to find the man. Horton said the man continued to run from police and did not show his hands. An officer used a stun gun on the man, at which point he stopped running.
The officer on the bridge then descends to the scene below. At 3:12 of the video, the man starts screaming about pain in his leg. Shortly after, you can hear the officer informing dispatchers that a Taser has been deployed. He also asked dispatchers to send a medic, according to the video.
According to Horton, the only physical contact between the man and the officers was when they apprehended him. Otherwise, all of his injuries were self-inflicted.
“He jumped off a bridge,” Horton said.
Horton also explained that his officers gave aid to the suspect before medics arrived.