The Original Black Panthers of Milwaukee have called for a police officer to be fired and a popular mall to be boycotted after the officer punched a black teen during a confrontation. However, the video footage of the incident shows another side of the story that the Black Panthers won’t like.
A video of the incident went viral over the weekend, and it showed a 17-year-old black teenager being arrested at the Mayfair Mall. The teen struggled to break free before he was punched by a police officer, but there is more to the story than meets the eye, not that it mattered to the Black Panthers.
A group of eight Black Panthers protested on Saturday at the Wauwatosa Police Department and Mayfair Mall, led by a Black Panther who calls himself King Rick. The protesters demanded that the unnamed officer either resign or be fired and asked for prosecutors to charge the officer with assault and battery. They also called on patrons to boycott the mall, according to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“For too often are we being subjected to racial profiling in this mall, far too often,” King Rick said in a video he shared on Facebook. “Those dynamics have to change and we’re here to demand that they change.”
The Black Panthers were met by police Lt. Jeff Farina who assured them that an investigation had started. “I can assure you this: Investigation has been started and the command staff is aware of this incident that happened at the mall,” he said in a video shared on Facebook.
The incident started on Friday when mall security called the police for help with a group of teenagers who were causing a disturbance. In the video on Facebook, Rick said that the young thug who was apprehended at the mall has been charged with disorderly conduct, battery, and resisting arrest. Rick called it “trumped up charges.”
What Rick failed to mention was that the video itself shows that the teen charged at the officer before he was punched in a blatant case of self-defense. The teen then proceeded to resist arrest until he was in handcuffs. These facts would be plain to see for anyone who looked at the video with an unbiased eye.
“It doesn’t matter if that individual was causing a disturbance in the Mayfair Mall, he did not deserve to be brutally assaulted, and punched in his face and knocked down and then placed on his stomach and punched in his face again,” Rick said.
“Listen. This happened yesterday. You need to give it time. You need to let our department do the investigation. It will be investigated,” Lt. Farina said.
The video was the talk of Twitter over the weekend.
“Completely unnecessary use of force. There were 2 of them there. No blow to face needed. No one said the job is easy. If you can’t perform it properly, different job needed,” Tia Will wrote. But others disagreed.
Completely unnecessary use of force. There were 2 of them there. No blow to face needed. No one said the job is easy. If you can't perform it properly, different job needed.
— Tia Will (@medwoman1) May 13, 2018
“The punches couldn’t have been that hard. No blood. Kid was still hollering after each time, so no where near hard enough to knock him out or to shut him up…. Totally justified,” Cuba Rodriguez wrote.
The punches couldn't have been that hard. No blood. Kid was still hollering after each time, so no where near hard enough to knock him out or to shut him up…. Totally justified.
— Cuba Rodriguez (@Cuba_was_here) May 14, 2018
“Let’s see…. Was he cooperating? No. Was he resisting? Yes. Don’t see any issues with this!” Bob Wilson said.
“What does he expect when resisting arrest, detainment, etc.? The problem with vid clips like this is they never show the whole story. Maybe that is where this conversation should start. Novel idea,” Scott Weber wrote.
What does he expect when resisting arrest, detainment, etc.? The problem with vid clips like this is they never show the whole story. Maybe that is where this conversation should start. Novel idea.
— Scott Weber (@LibertyRinging) May 13, 2018
They are correct. The video does not show the entire incident, but you don’t need to know the entire incident to be able to see the kid was resisting arrest and acting aggressively towards the police officer. It is not the police who need additional training, it is the teenagers who think they can do whatever they want to do.