Dhoruba Bin-Wahad has filed a claim against the Clayton County, Ga. police department, which he claims brutalized him on May 2.
Bin-Wahad was moving into a newly-rented home when an unidentified woman who lived behind the house called the police.
The woman told the cops that Bin-Wahad was a “pervert trying to look at her or her children from the vacant location through the woods,” according to the police report.
The 69-year-old man told My Fox Atlanta that he saw armed police officers outside the home from inside the second floor (video below).
“I assumed that they were pursuing someone on foot that had fled through my yard, and I was unaware of it,” said Bin-Wahad. “I thought that that’s why they had their guns drawn and that’s why they were surrounding my house. I didn’t think that they were coming for me.”
“When I came out of the house, the first thing I said was that ‘I’m moving in… I have the key,’” added Bin-Wahad. “They asked me why was my car in the back. I said, ‘It’s my house. I was loading boxes.’”
A cell phone video (below) shot by a neighbor appears to show police slamming Bin-Wahad face-first into the home's brick wall and then forcing him onto the porch.
“He was uncooperative and verbally argumentative. I observed Bin-Wahad take a bladed stance with his right side of his body away from Officer Washington while speaking to him," Clayton County Police Officer R. Hall wrote in his report, noted the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Believing Bin-Wahad was a possible flight risk, I gained control of his left wrist by holding on to his left wrist with my left hand,” added Officer Hall in his report. “Bin-Wahad was detained due to him stating that no one was inside of the residence and officers on-scene advising otherwise."
However, police didn’t find anyone else inside the house. Bin-Wahad was not arrested or charged.
Clayton County Police spokesman Officer Ron Coloma issued a statement today: “The police department investigates all complaints objectively and seriously, especially any which relate to police misconduct or abuse of authority.”