Chilling video from a home in Dekalb County, Ga., shows local police entering a house illegally, berating the home’s residents and then tackling them to the ground.
The entire incident took place because the mother of the home, Natania Griffin, was two weeks late on paying a $1,000 fee to the county.
Griffin’s 23-year-old son, Donovan Hall, recorded the event. He was alarmed and confused when police began banging loudly on his door in the middle of the night.
“I was immediately confused as to why the police would be at my house,” Hall told the Huffington Post. “The knocks became more and more aggressive.”
On the video (see below), Hall timidly opens the door and asks the police why they are at the house. But police quickly enter the home and soon pin Donovan and his brother on the ground.
“One officer hit me in the face with his gun and I fell to the floor,” Hall said. “Another officer began kicking me and bending back my arms. They put handcuffs on me and continued to kick and punch me. At that point, an officer with his knee in my back stood up and put both feet on top of my head. He was standing on top of my head.”
The officer’s continued being violent to the boys, even putting a Taser to the head of Hall’s younger brother.
“Why are you being so aggressive, sir?” Hall asks in the video. “We haven’t done anything wrong.”
The officers never answered Hall’s question.
Later in the video, an officer can be heard saying “I wish I could cane both of y’all.”
Griffin says she was never asked for her name or read her Miranda rights.
“It was a perfect storm of abusive power and arrogance,” she said. “They are criminals. Their conduct was criminal.”
Hall posted his video to YouTube where it received almost 200,000 views. The video ended up on the front page of Reddit.
The family hopes to hire a lawyer and press charge against the DeKalb Police Department, but they lack the funds to do so. They are hoping that the video will spread awareness of the incident and someone will agree to represent them without charge.
“Although it happened to my family, it’s a microcosm of the world,” Griffin said. “What about the other countless families who feel powerless against this kind of tyranny? Who is championing their cause? This is a problem.”
Here is Hall’s video of the incident: