If you’re African-American, and you have a bike, you’d better have a light on it if you’re riding at night…or else. That’s the message the brutal racists at the Long Beach Police Department are sending to the African-American community.
A Long Beach man accused of attacking a police officer with his bicycle claims a video and a bystander’s account show he was the victim of excessive force when two officers stopped him for riding without a required bike light.
Solomon Brooks, 31, has been behind bars in lieu of $1 million bail since June 3, when police took him into custody on suspicion of resisting arrest and assaulting an officer with a deadly weapon by allegedly throwing the bicycle at him.
The two officers who stopped Brooks said he cursed at them and tried to fight by repeatedly putting up his fists and even throwing a few punches, according to court documents.
Police say, based on the circumstances, that officers’ actions were justified, but Brooks’ attorney, Meghan Blanco, said a video showing part of the arrest and testimony from at least one witness contradicts the official account of what happened.
Brooks maintains he never resisted police. “No witness saw him acting aggressively,” Blanco said.
Based on this, Blanco is trying to have Brooks freed and the criminal case against him dismissed.
Enjoy your Police State.
Source: Long Beach Press-Telegram