A paralyzed man was almost dumped out of his wheelchair on Sunday by a San Francisco police officer.
The Free Thought Project notes that Edwardo Delacruz posted a video (below) of the incident on his Facebook page. There was also a second video (below) from a different angle that shows the beginning of what transpired.
Delacruz told The Free Thought Project that the man in the motorized wheelchair is his cousin Devaughn Frierson.
In the second video, Frierson rolls across the street to a group of police officers who are detaining a suspect. Both videos show one of the officers trying to push Frierson away, but at one point his wheelchair is almost tipped over by the officer and Frierson almost falls out.
The cameraman of the second video rushes over to make sure that Frierson doesn't hit the street. A police officer is overheard claiming that the paralyzed man ran over his foot.
“Basically the cops harassed them because they were joking around. The thing about it is the cops were telling them to go in the house and his house is 5 doors up," Delacruz told The Free Thought Project. "He has to roll past them to get in the house and they know all this because they are the community police. Their office is right there too, so they know where everyone lives because they see them everyday.”
Delacruz denied that Frierson ran over the foot of the police officer.
“If you look at the video, [the cop] doesn’t jump or react in a way that a person [would] who just had their foot ran over. He said that when he realized he was being filmed," added Delacruz.
In 2011, San Francisco police officers were caught on video (below) shooting a mentally ill man in a wheelchair who was brandishing a knife. According to the San Francisco Examiner, the officers were cleared of any wrongdoing by the San Francisco Police Department in 2012, but the mentally ill man was conviced of two misdemeanors.