A false claim by a criminal who fled police then injured himself was trending all across social media which ignited a firestorm of controversy.
To silence the lies of police brutality made in the viral Facebook post, Rainbow City police have now released body camera video of a traffic stop turned into an act of a stupid criminal which led to his own self-inflicted injuries.
The Facebook post including graphic images of the man which was shared 28,600 times by advocates of Black Lives Matter, claimed that officers beat, used a stun gun and pushed a man off a bridge around 10 PM. The post goes on to say the man was taken to a Gadsden hospital and airlifted to UAB Hospital, but his next of kin was not notified.
The Facebook post said the following
"Rainbow city beat him half to death and pushed him off a bridge. The people who are supposed to serve and protect. He's trying to talk but his whole front row of teeth are knocked out, he had to have his tongue sewed back together and his femur bone is broken he has to have surgery on it."
Rainbow City Police Chief Jonathon Horton said that he first found out about the Facebook post on Friday morning. In order to defend his officers, who clearly did nothing wrong, released a 30-minute video of the traffic stop and the chase of the criminal running away from police Friday night, which shows the man jumping off the bridge himself and officers patiently treating him awaiting emergency medical responders.
Chief Horton said his officers conducted a routine traffic stop on a vehicle at Black Creek Parkway for not having a tail light at 8:40 PM. As the officer gave the female driver a warning for the tail light, Horton said the officer noticed the male passenger was acting suspicious and nervous.
The officer then asked for the passenger's identification, to which the passenger told the officer he did not have an Alabama driver's license. So he then proceeded to give law enforcement a name and a date of birth, Horton said.
The video begins with the officer trying to look up the passenger's information, and nothing popped up. Horton said the passenger then produced an Alabama license, but the passenger did not look like the person in the photo.
The passenger told the officer, “he lost a lot of weight while he was in jail”, Horton said.
The female driver was then interviewed separately from the male which is standard procedure for on the ground investigations by police to try and separate suspects to gain information. The female gave the officer the male's real name, Horton said.
When the passenger's real name was searched in the system police returned a probation revocation for two felony warrants for dangerous drugs and misdemeanor traffic warrants, which you can see in the video.
The video then shows the officer going back to the car to talk to the suspect. Once the officer tells him he knows who he really is he unexpectedly ran from the car, crossing two lanes of oncoming traffic on the highway toward the median and jumped over the barrier of his own decision, which is a 19-foot drop.
The officers, clearly out of breath in the video, tell the man to raise his hands where they can see him but they never use any weapons, or discharge a taser at all, contrary to the lying Facebook post attempt to gain sympathy for a criminal.
Officers make their way down to the man and treat him, who allegedly has a ‘hurt leg’, which is likely due to the 19-foot drop he just jumped down from. The officers are heard calling for a medical response ambulance and discuss his crimes and warrants.
The entire time officers stand by the man without touching him, except to ensure he's okay from the brutal fall which he committed himself by jumping.
Another example of why body cams are crucial to law enforcement and helping clear their names in situations where black criminal scum use race baiting lies to cover up their crimes.