"The man involved, Dejuan Yourse, was waiting for his mother to arrive to let him into her house when police were called to the scene of a possible break in.
The video shows Yourse sitting on the porch as a female officer arrives at the scene with Cole, the Kansas City Star reported.
Yourse explains that he grew up in the house, gives the officers his ID and suggests that they speak to one of the neighbors to verify that he lives there.
He also attempts to call his mother to try and get her to speak to the police.
But Cole then throws Yourse to the floor and has the female officer put him in handcuffs."
Well, sorta. The video shows the female officer walking up and talking to Yourse, then returning to her vehicle, and talking to the male officer, who then walks up to Yourse. Yourse is cooperative throughout the first 9 minutes of the encounter until the male officer picks a fight with Yourse.
To be honest Yourse is far more accommodating to these wankers than I would have been. The police don't seem to have any real interest in finding out if Yourse actually has any right to be at the house. It frankly seems like the officers are simply burning time. Yourse tries to get them to confirm his identity with one or more of the neighbors, and he eventually provides the officers with an ID which confirms he is who he says he is.
The male officer is fine with Yourse calling his mother, but then about 9 minutes into the encounter Yourse calls someone and asks them to come because the police are harassing him at his mother house. Yourse says, "Hey, yo, come to my fuckin mom's house the police is over here, and they harassing me." This pisses off the male officer big time and he grabs Yourse's phone, and begins manhandling Yourse, and nearly immediately escalates the confrontation to punching Yourse.
The male officer was just fine with Yourse calling his mother, although that call went to voicemail, but the call to another person, a call in which Yourse tells the person ". . . come to my fuckin mom's house . . . " sets this officer off.
The female officer behaves appropriately throughout the encounter.
The male officer then goes into Biggus Dickus mode, and eventually gets Yourse in handcuffs.
I wrote about another police officer event just the other day:
Gun handling: How not to
Both of these have a similar problem, the officer has Biggus Dickus syndrome, and has to do something to physically control the situation far outside of that which is necessary. In the Yourse case it was physically manhandling, and beating Yourse into submission, although Yourse was doing nothing which would require the officers physical contact. Yourse had complied with everything the officer asked including providing ID.
The Sheppard case is similar, a black man in a truck, the police officer walks up on him with gun drawn, and then escalates the encounter to actually pointing the gun at Sheppard without any threat, or provocation whatsoever.
Both officer's employment should be terminated. This happened in the Yourse case:
"The second officer quit her job last week, the Huffington Post reported.
The Greensboro City Council voted unanimously last week to strip Cole of his law enforcement credentials.
'There was nothing in that video that prompted Officer Cole to go from zero to a thousand in less than a second,' Councilwoman Sharon Hightower told Greensboro.com.
'Certainly police have the right to use force. I think that Officer Cole crossed the line.'
The district attorney refused the council's request to file criminal charges against the officer, saying he wouldn't 'rehash the same evidence'."
I do not know why the female officer quit her job, as far as I can tell, she is the kind of officer the department needs.
But both officer Cole in the Yourse case, and officer Plunkett in the Sheppard case acted hyper aggressively, and escalated the situation far beyond necessity. Actually Plunkett's actions were far worse than Cole's. Pointing a gun at an individual is a deadly threat, pointing with finger on trigger escalates this, and is only acceptable if there is a real counter deadly threat. There was not. There was never a threat in either case. Nor was there a reason to escalate either of these encounters.
In the Yourse case, after Yourse provided his ID, it is unclear why the officers remained on scene. They needed only take down the information, and ascertain whether Yourse had any outstanding warrants.
I doubt anything will happen to Plunkett. His employment should be terminated. Both departments should be sued for these abusive encounters.
The police bring about half of this Black Lives Matters BS on themselves through these uncontrolled cowboy cops. Sometimes the cops do everything right, like in the Scott case, and there are still marches, and protests, but far too often they do nearly everything wrong, and then seek to cover up the situation, the Blue Omertà. This will continue to spiral out of control until the Blue Omertà ends.