Video Shows Louisiana Trooper Beatinga Black Man With a Flashlight

Wonder why we had to live through the “Black Lives Matter” uprising last year and ongoing calls for de-funding police budgets? Not that I’m advocating doing so, but the story presented in this article and so many others with a similar narrative, do speak to the need for significant changes in the selection, training process and supervision of who is privileged with becoming a law-enforcement officer in this country. 

Of course Jacob Brown will suffer the consequences and also bring dis-honor on his family and heritage as the son of a former Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police. He’ll also have to find another way to make a living and there may well be legal jeopardy in his immediate future, for his barbaric behavior in uniform. 

I do wish that somewhere in his training he had read the my book, “What Goes Around Comes Around – A Guide To How Life REALLY Works,” that I wrote in the hope of preventing exactly this brand of mindlessness. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/25/us/aaron-larry-bowman-video-louisiana-trooper.html?smid=em-share

Video Shows Louisiana Trooper Beating a Black Man With a Flashlight

The trooper, Jacob Brown, who was charged with assaulting Aaron Larry Bowman in May 2019 and later resigned, defended the attack as “pain compliance.”

 

A lawyer representing Aaron Larry Bowman said his client had been left with a broken jaw, three fractured ribs, a broken wrist and a gash to his head from a beating at the hands of a Louisiana state trooper. 
Credit…Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press

Body-camera footage publicly emerged on Wednesday showing a Louisiana State Police trooper repeatedly clubbing a Black man on the head and chest with a flashlight while the man was pinned to the ground after a traffic stop in 2019, in what the white trooper called “pain compliance.”

The beating left the man, Aaron Larry Bowman, with a broken jaw, three fractured ribs, a broken wrist and a gash to his head that required six staples to close, said a lawyer who is representing him in a civil rights lawsuit filed last year in Louisiana against the State Police.

The trooper, Jacob Brown, 31, of Rayville, La., was arrested in February on charges of aggravated second-degree battery and malfeasance in office in connection with the assault, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Mr. Brown, who is facing criminal charges in two unrelated excessive-force cases, resigned one month later.

In the video from the night of May 30, 2019, which was first obtained and published by The Associated Press, Mr. Bowman pleads with law enforcement officers in Monroe, La., that he is cooperating with them. He was struck about 18 times by Mr. Brown with a flashlight as he lay face down on the ground.

“I’m not resisting,” Mr. Bowman yells in between the blows. “I’m not resisting.” He was later taken to a hospital.

Mr. Bowman, who is now 46 and lives in Monroe, was charged with resisting a police officer with force or violence, battery of a police officer, flight from an officer and improper lane use.

In an offense report filed with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, a deputy said that Mr. Bowman had ignored his lights and sirens as the deputy tried to pull him over after the S.U.V. that Mr. Bowman was driving had crossed the centerline of a road. The deputy said that Mr. Bowman had struck him on the head with a closed fist and had struggled with him after telling officers that he had been afraid to pull over and wanted to park the vehicle at his home in case he went to jail.

The encounter occurred less than three weeks after the death of another Black motorist, Ronald Greene, who body-camera footage showed had been dragged, beaten and shocked with a stun gun by troopers while in custody outside Monroe. The troopers were assigned to Troop F in Monroe, where Mr. Brown was based.

Now the subject of a Justice Department investigation into police brutality and obstruction, the Louisiana State Police attributed the cause of Mr. Greene’s death to a car crash after a high-speed chase and initially made no mention of the use of force by troopers. At least four troopers in Louisiana are facing charges related to excessive force.

A Louisiana State Police spokeswoman said in an email on Wednesday that an investigation had determined that Mr. Brown’s body-camera footage of his encounter with Mr. Bowman had been “intentionally mislabeled.”

“As the investigation continued, detectives concluded that Brown engaged in excessive and unjustifiable actions and failed to report the use of force to his supervisors,” said the spokeswoman, Lt. Melissa Matey.

Jacob Brown resigned from the Louisiana State Police after being charged with beating Aaron Larry Bowman following a traffic stop in 2019.
Credit…Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, via Associated Press

A lawyer for Mr. Brown declined to comment on Wednesday.

According to court documents in another one of those cases, Mr. Brown bragged in text messages to several other troopers about using force against a Black man who had led officers on a chase in May 2020 in Franklin Parish, La.

“He gonna be sore tomorrow for sure,” Mr. Brown wrote. “LMAO … warms my heart knowing we could educate that young man.”

When investigators asked Mr. Brown about his use of force against Mr. Bowman, he told them that he had used a flashlight as a baton as part of what he called “pain compliance,” according to an affidavit.

A lawyer for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections, which includes the State Police, referred questions to the state attorney general’s office, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Shreveport, La., confirmed in an email on Wednesday that the F.B.I. and the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department were investigating the case.

“If the investigation reveals prosecutable violations of any federal criminal statutes, the department will take appropriate action,” said the spokeswoman, Vicki T. Chance.

A lawyer who represents Mr. Bowman and Mr. Greene’s family said on Wednesday that Mr. Bowman had first seen the body-camera footage about a month ago and had been traumatized by it. He said that the Louisiana State Police had been forced to turn the recording over to Mr. Bowman’s defense lawyer as he fights the criminal charges against him.

“This is something that he relives every day,” said the lawyer, Ron Haley. “The emotional scars will never be healed from this.”

Keith Whiddon, a defense lawyer for Mr. Bowman, said on Wednesday that his client had pleaded not guilty to the four charges against him. Mr. Bowman’s next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 20.

The A.P. did not say how it had gotten the body-camera footage, which was obtained later on Wednesday by The New York Times. The A.P., citing State Police records, reported that Mr. Brown had been involved in 23 instances that involved use of force, dating to 2015 — 19 of them targeting Black people.

The Louisiana State Police did not immediately make those records available on Wednesday. The agency’s spokeswoman said that it would require a public records request, for which there is an extensive waiting list.

She also did not immediately confirm the number of use-of-force cases involving Mr. Brown, who the television station WBRZ reported last October is the son of Bob Brown, a former assistant superintendent of the Louisiana State Police and its now-retired chief of staff.

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Video Shows Louisiana Trooper Beating a Black Man With a Flashlight

Video Shows Louisiana Trooper Beating a Black Man With a Flashlight

Is it true that “What Goes Around Comes Around”? We may be getting close to another prime example of how that particular law of nature and physics plays out in the life of all humans, even those who have seemed impervious to its reach.

Now that the lengthy inquiry into accusations of sexual harassment and other improprieties related to the Governor’s handling of Covid, nursing-home data and state resources he may have illegally used to publish his book so quickly has advanced significantly, we’ll soon know the results of what at least appears to be a thorough and exhaustive investigation. There is always the risk of jumping the gun and assuming the worst, which we want to avoid in fairness to all parties, including the Governor.

From the current perch we all share of only having publicly available sources of info, it appears that Mr. Cuomo’s bluster and denials and the support he still has from political allies may see him through what appears to be the most significant threat he’s faced to his political career and legacy. If not, we’ll soon see another Governor’s career go down in ignoble flames due to their disbelief that those words applied to them, in spite of their use of them on many occasions to describe the plight of other people.

Drake Bell Given Two Years of Probation

Drake must have felt a sense of empowerment, the big star over the impressionable fan. It’s been called intoxicating and at the right time and place, with the right profile of a fan it might indeed have been just a “good time!”

But when that person turned out to be a minor it was a whole other ballgame and now Drake is someone who has been charged with the felony of attempted child endangerment. It lead to a plea deal including financial penalties, probation with various conditions for a minimum of two years and registration as a sex offender!

Have to ask though as we always should, is it possible its not so black and white? Were there mitigating circumstances? Had Drake himself been a victim of child abuse? Was this a one-off mistake or just one of a series? Does it indicate a much deeper problem and need for help, but with the proviso to also keep him away from other potential victims?

A deeper analysis might answer those questions and let us have a dose of sympathy. But in the end, sympathy or not, he made the choices! He lured her in! He pounced!

There’s at least one thing we can be pretty sure he didn’t have, which is the insight that whether there seems to be someone watching or not, that there IS something taking note.That something is the universal Law of Cause & Effect which explains every action/reaction in the physical universe and nature, but also applies to all human thoughts, words and actions and their consequences.

In our time and culture, the common vernacular for this principle in action is the expression “What Goes Around Comes Around.” Most of us use those words, perhaps many times, but only when describing someone else’s misfortune. We didn’t understand at first, but when the facts came out we could see why it happened!

However another truth is that, what is so easy to see in others can be so hard to see in ourselves. Unfortunately for Drake, he didn’t either! If he’d only read the book I wrote with that title he might not be in this fix!

The former star of the Nickelodeon series “Drake & Josh” had pleaded guilty to two charges related to a girl he met online. She attended one of his concerts in 2017.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/12/arts/television/drake-bell-sentenced-child-endangerment.html?smid=em-share