It’s a story all too familiar to many of us by now: a police officer uses clearly excessive force on a nonviolent civilian while a witness catches the whole thing on video. The fact that we see so many of these stories doesn’t mean each instance isn’t important. On the contrary, it shows just how real of a problem excessive use of force by police officers is in America. This latest incident comes out of Los Angeles, California.
Six year Army veteran Jermaine Green was riding the bus in Los Angeles recently when a passenger pushing a stroller walked on board. Curiously, the woman’s stroller was carrying no child, but was full of pillows. According to Green, it was “very obvious she had special needs.” Green says the woman was polite to everyone when she boarded the bus.
“The lady got on the bus with her stroller full of pillows, and she was very polite,” Green said. “She said ‘hi’ to everybody and sat down.”
At the next stop, two LA County Sheriff’s deputies boarded the bus and called the woman out by name. They told her she needed to get off the bus. The woman responded by cursing at the deputies.
“After that they grab her, and she cusses them out and calls [the male deputy] a big shot,” Green said. “Next thing you know, he gives her a big shot.”
Green, who started filming the incident once the confrontation began, caught the punch on video. Here it is:
After knocking the woman to the ground and removing her from the bus, the male deputy approached Green and asked him to turn over his phone.
“He comes to me and he says ‘Look, you can be under arrest if you don’t give me that video.’ And then he said ‘Do you have any warrants?’ And I said no I don’t have any warrants, I’m a veteran and I just came back. I did six years. I have no record. And he said ‘well we’ll see about that.’”
Green posted the video on the internet shortly after the incident. His time in the Army gave him a unique perspective on the deputy’s failure to follow protocol when dealing with the woman.
“In the Army they gave us extensive training for rules of engagement,” Green says. “There are proper protocols and different steps you take. This lady didn’t do anything, she was not combative, and he actually turned combative on her.”
A spokesperson from the LA County Sheriff’s Department says the incident is under investigation.
11Watch Florida Police Take Down Former NY Giant Jermaine Green As He Holds Girlfriend Hostage (Video)
Florida police released a video of the shooting of former New York Giants running back Jermaine Green as he held his girlfriend at knife-point in his home.
Police responded to an eminent threat at Green’s home in Daytona Beach at 2:45 a.m. on Sept. 25.
Green, 32, was a running back at Washington State University. He signed with the Giants in 2004, but never took the field. He was cut from the team months later.
“He’s about to kill her,” a witness at the scene told police.
Lapel cameras on the officers’ shows Green holding Johnson at knife point. He then back into a bedroom and falls on the bed with her.
On video, police can be heard repeatedly tell him to drop his weapon.
“Let her go dude; let her go,” an officer yells. “Let her go man. I’m telling you right now. Don’t do it!”
Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood said Johnson believes Green was going to kill her and that cops saved her life.
In the video, Green can be seen lowering the knife onto Johnson’s chest.
Chitwood told WESH 2 News that investigators reviewed the video and broke it down frame by frame.
“There’s a point in there where you can actually see the knife start to bend because he’s pushing in with that much force into her chest,” Chitwood said.
Johnson tried to roll away, but Green was too close for her to be out of harm’s way. That’s when officer’s fired.
He was shot four times in the leg and once in the stomach when he refused to drop the knife he was holding to his girlfriend’s chest.
His girlfriend, Katrina Johnson, was accidentally hit in the arm during the gunfire.
"Do you stand there and let him stab her through the heart, or do you take action? And the officers had to take action, and I'm proud of them, and they did the right thing," said Chitwood.
Green was charged with one felony count of aggravated battery.
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