Jelani Barr, a candidate for lieutenant governor, claims that Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers used excessive force when they arrested him on Monday in Holmes County.
A cell phone video (below) filmed by Barr’s girlfriend, Adrienne Hicks, captured the arrest during a traffic stop.
Barr claims the trooper didn't tell him why he was being pulled over, so he refused to leave his car.
"He didn’t give me probable cause and told me to step out again. I was like, ‘No sir, I do not feel safe,'" Barr told WAPT.
Barr, who has been publicly critical of police brutality, added, "[The trooper] said that he knew me and that he knew who I was and what I was about."
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Tony Dunn, a spokesman for the Mississippi Highway Patrol, stated, "We charged him with speeding, 70 in a 55, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and non-compliance."
However, Barr claims troopers threw him on the ground, handcuffed him, didn’t ask him for his driver’s license or read his Miranda rights.
The video does show the troopers handcuffing Barr on the ground.
“I can’t sit here and tell you that he read him his Miranda rights. If he arrested him, I’m sure the trooper did the proper procedures in the arrest,” Dunn added.
Hicks says that the troopers took her luggage out of her car, which they impounded, and left her stranded on the side of the road.
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The Mississippi Highway Patrol says the arrest was filmed on their dashcam, but they won't release their video during their investigation of the incident, reports The Clarion Ledger.
Barr later posted about the incident on Facebook: "Law-enforcement just keep getting dumber and dumber. They are going to make me a real celebrity off their stupidity..."