Let’s talk about police brutality for a second.
In a nutshell, it’s when law enforcement uses excessive force in a situation that doesn’t warrant such a response. Take this story of a 14-year-old teenager for example.
Tremaine McMillian was roughhousing with another teen in the water when he was approached by Miami-Dade Police officers and ordered to stop fighting.
Despite quickly realizing that no actual fighting was taking place, the officers still asked McMillian to point out his mother to them.
Tremaine says he complied, but Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta claims the boy refused to cooperate and tried to walk away.
“When he started to leave the beach area, officers had to get off their ATVs to detain him. He had closed arms, clenched fists and pulled his arm away,” Zabaleta told CBS Miami.
Sensing an imminent “threat” from Tremaine’s body language and “dehumanizing stares,” the officers placed the teen in a chokehold.
Tremaine later told the juvenile court that the officers were choking him so hard, he urinated on himself because he couldn’t breath. And, according to the teen, he couldn’t have been “clenching his fists,” because he was carrying his six-week-old pit bull mix puppy, Polo, at the time. In the other hand, he had the bottle he was feeding the dog.
Polo was injured when the police slammed Tremaine on the ground.
And…the police still didn’t give a shit.
“At that point we are not concerned with a puppy,” Zabaleta told the CBS affiliate. “We are concerned with the threat to the officer.”
Police ultimately booked Tremaine on a felony charge of resisting arrest with violence, as well as misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. His trial has been scheduled for July 16.
Now…you tell me. Police brutality or nah?