A Shreveport, Louisiana, police officer has been positioned on administrative depart after a video confirmed him cursing and forcibly eradicating a younger black man from a porch. Based mostly on a 50-second cell phone video of the encounter that was posted to Fb, it seems police had been responding to a loud music grievance.
“You’re putting your hands on me for no reason,” the younger man will be heard saying within the video.
“You damn right, I’ll put my hands on you any f*cking time I want to,” yells the officer, recognized as Gary Thomas by KSLA News 12. KSLA recognized the younger man on the opposite finish of the interplay as a young person.
When the teenager raises his hand from his knee, Thomas grabs his wrist. “You f*cking swing on me, motherf*cker, and I’ll whoop your f*cking a**,” he says. Within the video, Thomas is holding a baton in his free hand.
When the younger man asks an onlooker to report the incident, Thomas responds, “Record me whooping his a**.”
“All you had to do was turn that music down when I asked you to,” a lady says to the younger man. Later within the video, as Thomas and one other officer forcibly take away the younger man from the porch, the lady repeatedly says, “Don’t shoot him.”
After the video started to flow into on social media, Shreveport police chief Alan Crump positioned Thomas on depart and promised a radical investigation into the incident, in response to KSLA.
“The behavior that I witnessed on the clip of the video that was seen definitely is not something that we train our officers to do,” Crump said. “And it led me to instruct an inquiry to investigate the matter in full so that we can get a full picture of what is going on so that the proper decisions can be made relative to the entire issue.”
Shreveport mayor Ollie Taylor launched a press release to KSLA saying her workplace is “concerned with the content of the video that has been circulating on social media.”
“I have instructed Chief Crump to take all appropriate action and to complete a thorough review of this matter,” the mayor’s assertion continued. “We expect all of our employees to interact with our public in a professional and courteous manner.”
Thomas was fired from the Shreveport Police Division lower than a yr in the past following an arrest for home violence, after being accused of refusing to let his spouse depart their residence in Might 2017, in response to ABC affiliate KTBS 3. On the time of the incident, Thomas was on medical depart as a result of he’d been shot within the foot by an officer who was firing at a charging canine and missed.
KSLA says court docket data present Thomas accomplished a diversion program following his arrest and that the Bossier district legal professional’s workplace dropped the home abuse battery cost. Thomas ultimately appealed his firing to the civil service board and was reinstated to the police pressure.
Thomas was employed by the Shreveport Police Division in 2010, in response to KTBS 3.