Jacob Brown beat the man with a metal torch, breaking his jaw and ribs and leaving a cut on his head which required six staples to close
A former police officer beat a man 19 times with a metal torch, breaking his jaw and ribs and leaving a cut on his head which required six staples to close.
The officer, Jacob Brown, from Louisiana, US, also faces charges in two other cases of violent arrests of black motorists; with federal investigations ongoing into the trooper’s beatings of at least three black men.
According to Sky News reports, Brown’s attack on Aaron Larry Bowman occurred during a traffic stop.
In disturbing body camera footage that was kept under wraps for more than two years, Aaron Larry Bowman can be heard screaming: “I am not resisting”, in between blows to the head.
Jacob Brown was indicted by a grand jury for the 2019 beating yesterday, charged with one count of deprivation of rights under colour of law.
Louisiana State Police)
Bowman’s attorney, Donecia Banks-Miley, said her client’s team were trying to remain hopeful and “trust the process of justice”.
“Aaron is extremely happy, and he just wants full justice,” she said.
She went on to call the indictment “a sigh of relief”.
Brown’s attorney, Scott Wolleson, declined to comment.
Records from Louisiana State Police show Brown has a history of using force 23 times, dating back to 2015. In 19 of these incidents, the former officer administered force on black people.
The cop faces charges in two other cases involving violent arrests of black motorists.
Louisiana State Police)
The horror incident, which took place near Borman’s Monroe home, took place less than three weeks after officers from the same police force attacked another black motorist.
Ronald Greene was punched, stunned and dragged before dying in police custody on a rural roadside in northeast Louisiana.
Body camera footage of both beatings has only recently emerged. Brown is alleged to have mislabelled his, in an “intentional attempt” to bury the video, investigators have said.
The attack on Mr Bowman was not investigated until 536 days later, after the victim filed a lawsuit.
In a statement, the Department of Justice said investigations were ongoing.
“The department has previously acknowledged that it has open and ongoing criminal investigations into incidents involving the Louisiana State Police that resulted in death or bodily injury to arrestees.”
A tally recorded by the Louisiana State Police shows that in recent years, 67% of its uses of force were against black people.
The head of the state police, Colonel Lamar Davis, said earlier this month that he would welcome such a probe if the department deemed it necessary.
He also added he is working to correct the department’s issues.