A St. Louis man who claims he was unfairly handcuffed and detained by St. Louis Metropolitan Police used his cell phone to record the officers’ conversation in the police cruiser.
Terry Robinson, 21, said that officers saw him outside in the Blair neighborhood on Monday. After handcuffing him, they pretended to drive back to the police station.
Robinson has been arrested before and is currently on probation. Although he is now back in school and working to turn his life around, he faces at least nine years in prison if he gets in trouble again.
Robinson said that two officers have been harassing him for weeks. The officers have allegedly threatened to arrest him if he doesn’t give them the name of someone to plant a gun on.
He said that although the officers had a gun, which they claimed was “a fully-loaded 38,” they never showed it to him.
Officers were unaware that Robinson was recording the interactions that transpired.
The following statements were recorded during the car ride:
“Your nine years are going to seem like four times more."
"I know y’all said you need a gun and a body."
"Got to have a body with it."
"I don’t need no gun case. You know I’ll get you somebody.”
If Robinson didn’t give up a name within the next 24 hours, the officers threatened to “write this case up as you ran from me but you got away. But I know who you are and you had this gun.”
Robinson pleaded with the officers to give him more time. Later, he contacted his lawyer.
The video has now been turned over to authorities. Detectives with internal affairs are investigating the situation.
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