This man was sitting on his mother’s porch minding his own business. Then, police officers started harassing him, and it didn’t end well.
— Greensboro, North Carolina
The man’s name is Dejuan Yourse. He found himself in a peculiar situation while sitting on his mother’s porch.
While he thought it was going to be a regular day, two police officers thought it’d be convenient to show him what it means to be Black in America.
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Not A Suspect
You see, these officers were supposedly responding to a call about a possible burglary in the area.
According to Los Angeles Times, police mentioned that a man with a shovel was seen attempting to enter a unopened garage.
So, upon seeing Yourse sitting on the porch, they walked up and questioned him.
— Black Rootz (@BlkRootz) October 1, 2016
The source notes that they specifically questioned what he was doing as well as why he was there.
As police, they were doing their jobs. He could very-well have been the guy but got smart and sat on the porch pretending to be a resident.
After only a few exchanges, things took a turn for worse.
“You can’t do that!”
Travis Cole, the officer leading the “20 Questions” session, was the instigator.
Yourse told him that he was sitting on the porch because he didn’t have a key to his mother’s house, and he was waiting on her to get home.
— The Mole (@MoleBizMedia) October 3, 2016
It was a suspicious explanation. However, Yourse tried to get her on the phone, but it went to voicemail.
So, he told the police officers to try the neighbors, and they could vouch for his identity.
Yet, the officers didn’t want to do that. Instead, Cole questioned him further — asking why he had prison tattoos and if he had any warrants.
The other officer went to her car to confirm his ID. All the while, Cole was still grilling Yourse on the porch.
Next thing Yourse knew, this officer attempts to take his phone and punches him in the face.
“You can’t do that! What are you doing?! You didn’t have to punch me in my eye!”
The policeman responded, “Yes, I did!”
From Porch to the Ground
Yourse was, then, taken to the ground — of course. So, Yourse started screaming out, “I’m not resisting!”
— Civil Rights News (@StruggleNewsBot) October 2, 2016
He yelled it over and over while laying on the ground with the cop’s knee in his back and arms behind him.
While the man was pleading, the officer said, “You are resisting the whole time!”
Granted, if you watch the video below, he was resisting at first. But, resisting arrest in itself — without a proposed charge — should not be a crime.
Absolutely crazy. So, the man continued his plea.
“Why are you doing this to me? I’m trying to cooperate, man! You can’t do that when I’m not resisting you!”
Cole told him not to “f**king move” and not to “say another d**n word.”
After being taken in, Yourse was charged with resisting arrest. As mentioned, “resisting arrest” by itself is not a justified charge.
— Jarred Hill (@JarredWXII) September 26, 2016
Essentially, that’s saying “I tried to arrest him due to my suspicion, but he resisted…so I arrested him for that.”
They also charged the man with assault on a government official.
Well, that could’ve been anything, now couldn’t it?
During the takedown, Yourse’s elbow might have grazed Cole’s ribs. If it hurt, he could’ve written that in as an assault.
Fortunately, other authority leaders weren’t buying the nonsense. They dropped the charges. And, sometime afterward, they launched an internal investigation on Cole.
As it turns out, he had a history of excessive force. While the investigation was ongoing, Cole resigned.
— Corey Lovins (@C_Love1986) October 5, 2016
Well, when you know you’re wrong…
Also, his partner in crime recently resigned as well.
You just don’t do that to people, simply because you’re not fit to do the required job of protecting EVERYONE, without biases.
Warning: The following video contains graphic footage and language. Viewer discretion is advised.
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