Stop me if you’ve heard this one more than a hundred times before. A video of police arresting a man suspected of running a meth lab shows that they lied on their report after one of them kicked the suspect in the face while he was laying on the ground with his partner sitting on top of him.
A video showing a mid-Missouri drug task force detective kicking a restrained, prone suspect in the head is raising allegations of police brutality.
The video, which appeared in November on YouTube, shows a fleeing Whittle running through a field. He turns to surrender and raises his hands before lying facedown as plainclothes detectives run toward him.
The first detective sits on Whittle and waits for his partner. As the second detective arrives, he kicks Whittle’s head, which jerks violently.
Moments later, Whittle rolls slightly and looks up. Blood is streaming across his forehead and down his face.
All of this is crystal clear in the video. After running away from the cops, the guy stops, puts his hands in the air and lays down flat on the ground. One officer is sitting on his back, holding his hands behind his back to cuff him when the other one comes running up and kicks him in the face while he’s defenseless. Predictably, they lied on the report and said that he had hit the windshield of his car:
In his written report, Chinn wrote that as he was running, he heard Detective Kip Bartlett yelling at Whittle to put his arms behind his back.
“As I approached I observed the suspect Timothy Whittle continuing to turn his head and … attempting to resist by furtive movements,” Chinn wrote. “While running I swiftly arrived next to the suspect and gave him a dry stun, and an application of a five second burst from the Taser in the center of his back to gain compliance and control. … At this time the suspect, Timothy Whittle, stop (sic) resisting.”
Bartlett’s account also maintained that Whittle resisted.
“I ordered him to the ground,” Bartlett wrote. “Once on the ground I attempted to handcuff him. Whittle started stiffing his arms and kept pulling his right arm away. I was telling him to stop resisting.”
Neither account mentioned the kick to Whittle’s head. Bartlett did mention “two small cuts” near Whittle’s right eye, writing that Whittle “told me he had hit his head on the windshield when he jumped a mound of dirt in one of the field (sic).”
In the video, however, no blood showed on Whittle’s face as he ran through the field.
So they left out that important part about the kick in the face and lied about how he got his face busted open. Wanna take any bets on whether they’ll actually be punished for it? I doubt it. Here’s the video: