Expose Video: False arrest of a Black by officers of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department

Video: False arrest of a Black by officers of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department

Video: False arrest of a Black by officers of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department


By Cobrapost.com - July 17, 2016


This video, which was released yesterday, breaks down the outrageously racist foolishness that Black folk must deal with from police on a daily basis. 24-year-old Patrick Mumford was sitting in his own car in February, 2016 when he was confronted by three officers of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, who were serving a warrant for Michael Clay. The lead officer confronts Patrick but does not believe Patrick when he truthfully identifies himself to the officer, twice. Patrick rightfully asks the officers what is the matter and to see the arrest warrant they say they are serving. Fearful and confused, Patrick retreats into the passenger seat of his car.

It takes a violent use of force for officers to realize what we already know: Patrick was not Michael Clay. Instead of apologizing, the officers rationalize and justify their actions to neighbors and even Patrick’s parents. These rationalizations include the repeated false statement that the officers asked Patrick for his ID and he refused to give it. Patrick is arrested for obstruction. As a non-violent drug offender serving in a first-offender probation program, a pending probation violation could cost him his job, his college education, and seven years in prison: all for sitting in his own car, minding his own business, and telling the truth.


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