Warning this footage could cause emotional trauma for some.
Every time I hear of an incident of police brutality I have to wonder just what the suspected perpetrator really did to deserve the harshness that some members of law enforcement use to subdue their victims. I say victims because it seems that, more and more, we’re hearing stories in which those who took a vow to protect and defend the public are actually using their power and force to brutalize its citizens. The stats prove a disturbing reality and if one were to track such incidents they’d find they don’t need to look too far back in time to uncover horrifying instances in which individuals have been helplessly dehumanized by cops.
With factors like racial profiling and the “blue wall of silence,” it can be quite difficult to decipher the differences between those who are called to defend civilians and those who abuse them. This fine line leads to many instances in which we are left to rationalize the actions of both law enforcement and those being subjected to the sometimes unwarranted consequences. And in case you had any doubt about whether things like these had subsided (think again), we’re here to tell you they haven’t. One of the most recent instances (aside from Dallas teen Jordan Edwards’s death at the hands of a Balch Springs police officer) happened in Charlotte, NC and involved a man and an officer who threatened to kill him execution style.
We have to preface that this incident could leave you feeling really sad or extremely angry.
Fleeing to avoid the charges
The incident occurred on March 26 when Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD attempted to pull over a suspect they believed to be connected to a string of larcenies in the area. The passenger, James Yarborough, fled the vehicle on foot, engaging officers in a chase that eventually ended with Yarborough being subdued on the ground and officers struggling to put him in handcuffs.
Complete lunacy captured by the body cams
Body cameras on CMPD captured the four-minute struggle between the officers and Yarborough who was clearly being subjected to excessive force. Growing impatient with the tussle, one officer decides to pull his pistol out to end the power play and places it directly to Yarborough’s head screaming:
““I will kill you, you understand? Give me your hand, now!”
Resisting arrest can definitely be a law enforcement “no-no” for civilians, but we have to wonder why the officer resorted to such violent means to subdue an unarmed citizen.
As if the harrowing experience with being threatened at gunpoint (execution style) wasn’t enough to scare Mr. Yarborough into being motionless, the officers continued their struggle, this time using a taser attack to render him obedient to their commands.
Footage from the body cam shows officers asking Yarborough to place his hands behind his back… only they continue to bear down on their subject making it almost impossible for him to move anything.
When it seems to them he won’t comply with their commands, they choose to use what should have been their first resort—the taser—to teach him a lesson in following orders.
One officer can be heard saying, “Light him up, he don’t want to do it” followed by the sounds of a taser doing just that.