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DA Drops Charges After Video Shows Man Acted in Self-Defense Against Violent Cop

Allegheny County, PA — A disturbing video was released this week showing an altercation between a police officer and a 21-year-old man arrested on suspicion of heroin possession. The video shows an attack by the officer and subsequent defense by the 21-year-old.

While the incident happened in 2015, Todd Hollis, the attorney for the 21-year-old suspect, Joshua Brooks, waited to release the video and file the lawsuit until after the criminal charges against Brooks were resolved.

On April 17, 2015, Brooks was arrested on charges of suspicion of heroin possession. He was brought into the custody of the Elizabeth Borough police department and chained to a bench.

As the altercation begins, Brooks is seen standing up when officer Garrett Kimmell approaches and tries to grab Brooks’ throat. Not wanting to be choked or have his trachea crushed, Brooks attempted to push Kimmell’s hands away.

Pushing away Kimmell’s hands caused the officer to begin punching Brooks. As the punches start to fly at his face, Brooks begins to fight back in an act of defense. However, it appears that he quickly realized that the fight is futile, since he was chained to a bench in a police station, and so he raised his hands and submitted.

Brooks’ submission, however, did not stop Kimmell’s attack. For several moments Kimmell appears to continue to choke the non-violent man. For over a minute, Brooks remains submissive as this cop continues to attack him. But after having enough abuse, Brooks wrapped his arms around the cop’s body in an attempt to stop the attack.

The two go back and forth before another officer enters the room and helps to subdue Brooks so Kimmell can then fire his taser. The video then ends.

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“The acts that happened on that particular day don’t denote honor, and I think it brings dishonor to all the great police officers in our city and the country,” Hollis said.

According to the lawsuit now filed on Brooks’ behalf against the department, after this incident, additional charges of resisting arrest and aggravated assault on an officer were filed against Brooks. However, according to Hollis, after the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office saw the surveillance video, the charges were dropped.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday accuses Kimmell of excessive force and accuses the second officer of failure to intervene, according to WPXI.

“Sometimes, what you do in the dark comes to light, and I think this is one of those instances,” Hollis said.

What do you think? Does the video below show self-defense?

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. and now on Steemit

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    Bet that cop was a bully at school. What a cunt.

    • Ronnie Page

      NO, I bet he was NOT a bully, but was bullied! Now, he has a badge, and it’s his turn to bully folks!

      • David Daisy May Boldock

        Good point, and with impunity.

      • Susan Jodoin

        Nope. This cop was a bully. I know people who were bullied in school. They are just as nice now that they are adults as they were when they were kids. Little bullies usually grow up to be big bullies.


    In many cities and even states videos like this are considered state or police property and never get as far as public access. Soon you should expect all such to be confiscated by one or several different government agencies. In much of the U.S. this is already happening..

    • Rogue cops cost us money

      Video paid by tax dollars, so it is the public property.

      • TOPDOG1

        It is supposed to be, but it usually takes a Federal F.O.I.A. to get them.

        • Ann Knickerbocker

          It looks like someone was using a camera phone to video it off of a security screen, which is presumably why the cops weren’t aware of it’s existence. Kudos to the videographer!

  • Phil Freeman

    Has all the appearances of self defense to me. In the same position, I’d take Jonny law’s eye out of his skull given a chance. Whatever it takes to stop that turd from beating me. AcaB!

  • cbanalyst

    I’m very glad that this surfaced. The officer should be discharged.

    • bill collins

      he should be doing time and charged with felony assault along with the other cop too

  • LotharLocnar

    More training and more vetting by police officials is needed, this type of brutality needs to be stopped.With entire police stations needing to be shut down because of drug trafficking in conjunction with the DEA selling to the locals, FBI had to be called in to maintain any semblance of law enforcement. Rogue policemen are killing/maiming unarmed citizens w/o impunity.This mus stop!!

    • Patty Parfait

      Aren’t the feds in california now and florida also? They gotta be stretched thin

    • IceTrey

      They train and vet cops to DO this kind of thing. They hire a-holes to be cops not nice guys.

    • Anon Ymous

      They already ARE doing what they were vetting for & trained to do. These are no longer peace officers, they are militarized revenue enhancement officers.

    • Gordon Klock

      The state has secretly declared war upon the American people, this obnoxious insanity is too prevalent, (& darkly obvious) to be any sort of ‘coincidence’, they actually refuse to hire prospective cops that show more intelligence than a salesman, & almost always, the courts blatantly side with them, regardless how ridiculous their destructive behavior has become…..
      (Not to mention those courts do not care about ‘guilt’ or ‘innocence’ so much, as securing another conviction, for the growing slave-labor prison industry)…….

  • doucyet

    The suspect is cuffed and secured in the sense that he can’t get away. Cop grabs him by the neck, totally UN-nessary. Bad cop, no douhnut!

  • Richard S.

    Assault with intent. officer should do time

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  • Samuel Lane

    Hey! At least he didn’t break his other arm. What a hero!

  • Patty Parfait

    Really looked like he wanted to have violent sex with the handcuffed citizen, cop wasn’t satisfied so beat and choked citizen.

  • Gordon Onomatapea Bennet

    arsehole cops once again protecting those doughnuts bellies!

  • Tony Velez

    all charges should be dropped & the POS cop should be charged with assault & battery, illegal choke hold, & fired w/ no pension, BUT that was just a dream i had

  • Mark Taylor

    that cop is the biggest pussy i have ever seen

  • Lord Humungus

    I find it hilarious that this “hero” couldn’t even subdue the guy when his leg is chained to a bench… what a laughable display of him being a pussy.

    • Marisol

      Not only is his leg chained to the bench, the man has a cast on his left arm. This cop is the epitome of a punkass bully….

    • Anon Ymous

      Subduing was never the case. His intent was to inflict pain which is why he kept on beating his ass. Unfortunately, “contempt of cop” (not doing what they order you to do quickly enough to their ego’s satisfaction) these days leads to police brutality/police beating people or civilian fatality/police killing people.

  • Deley Gazinelli

    Unfortunately it is common to have white officers abuse their power and assault people without reason. The officer should be banned from serving in any police force in the country.

    • Anon Ymous

      I’ve seen examples of every color cop abusing their authority so it’s not just white officers (even though it sure is a lot of them, but that’s because they are the majority of the US population as a whole).

      • OND

        There is an additional component to that which l am sure no one needs to spell out.

      • Tahtahme Nehandas; Lion Oracle

        They had black slaves whip other slaves, too, I fail to see how you don’t see the parallels

  • Larry Brothers

    I hate to say it but they’re just fucking pigs.

  • Lorne Allen

    Chained up and still got the better of the pig. I think he could have pounded that cop if he had had a mind to.

  • K. Bett

    You knowsomebody is watching this going “he should have complied”. “He said something to the officer that caused him react.”

    • OND

      Lol there is one in every family.

  • Kit

    Clearly shows a uniformed punk with a severe mental problem. Fire his ass and let him go to jail for 6 months. The same as any other citizen. I do not condone the harming of uniformed officers, but with behavior like this in a controlled environment only proves he has race issues. It is no wonder officers are getting injured and killed when they act like this.

    • Marisol

      Why does white folks immediately use mental illness as a defense for other whites
      when they are caught performing one of their many heinous and vile act of inhumanity? They are never just a phuck up evil asshole. They are always mentally ill. I guess all white folks back during the time of slavery were mentally ill, because they were some vile, inhumane, insidious, demonic devils

    • Anon Ymous

      I don’t think 6 months is long enough for assault, battery & kidnapping not to mention the civil rights & human rights violations! Maybe should throw in attempted murder too since he was chained up & we all know fists can be deadly weapons.

  • Guy

    Yes it dose. It show a man defending himself from a overaggressive cop, who becomes even more outraged that the man would dare to consider to defend himself, and then decides to escalate the punishment even more as the result.

    Once the tide is turned, the cop radios for back up to come rescue himself from getting his ass kicked by the defendant.

    I am surprised that the DA would come out on the side of the defendant, knowing there history of taking sides with police, but he must have thought that, if it had gone to trial and the video shown to a jury, there would be no way a jury would side with the cop.

  • Keysbum

    on the bright side, at least this low life scum of a cop will have this video of him getting beat up by a chained, one armed kid live on forever showing just what a pussy he is.

  • James J. Kennedy

    Take that uniform off prisoner

  • Not pro Israel

    And the police officer is a pussy. Look at how this heroin addict just picked him up and tosses him back first on to that bench like a little freaking boy. And that’s why cops have problems, most of them are nothing but gymnasium puffy muscled goons with no real strength and no real and to let the gas out real quick because they don’t have real muscles, they’re unfit and then they rely on their weapons and kill us because they’re just not tough like cops should be, or have been historically. We have a new generation of Mama boys Little Mommy’s boy little boy cops who are scared who don’t believe it they should come home with a scratch on them because if they did get scratched why why they might feel.

  • Mark

    Definitely self defense. It is absolutely unacceptable for the officer to have responded in this fashion. He should be held accountable for having committed a criminal act against the man in custody.

  • junktex

    Progressive Northeast looking a lot like the Old South

  • vegas jack

    Officers doing what they do best: Earning the public’s hate and some nutcases’ bullet…smh

  • Ahujekim

    The video shows a cop who should be fired, prosecuted, and a refused all pay and benefits.

  • McInerney Story

    As soon as the coppa was in th corner thats when he should of gone left right left right left right dont stop until the eyes roll! there was enough before that to warrent that as self defence

  • willow

    Bad cops makes all cops smell.

  • As typical, this officer will not face charges.

  • John Chabak

    Typical cop grows big balls when someone in custody is chained to a bench or handcuffed.
    A bully’s dream.

  • Dennis Reid

    To be honest I did not notice he was chain I SWEAR , he would have had his sleazy ass whoop.

  • Many Americans will still insist that corrupt or sadistic policemen don’t exist. Show them this video and they look for excuses. Tell them the officer was caught red handed and fired and they still look for excuses. I don’t understand what kind of brain handicap such Americans have but it’s obviously very powerful.

  • Michelle A. Evans

    And here we go with another ‘bad cop’ narrative. BS! This is a bad system and the fact that this came to light is only accidental. This HAPPENS ALL THE TIME. Police do this because they can and it’s their policy and they have a bunch of rationalizations as to why it’s OK for them to behave like this and the system backs up those rationalizations.

  • TruthToBeTold

    Failure to intervene will hold present officers accountable for watching civil rights violations take place. This charge needs to be applied more often because so many times if only the other officer would have intervened he/she could have stopped unnecessary harm and injury to both the public and the officer. But instead they just watch a crime take place because it’s their partner.

  • gjo69

    Another pussy cop AGAIN! HE SHOULD BE CHARGED!

  • James Michael

    Has this felon been indicted and charged with aggravated assault and battery and treason? Not to mention the fact they kidnapped and falsely imprisoned the man on a charge with no lawful authority in the first place.
    NO lawful prohibition anywhere on America….

  • Joseph7

    i hope that cop was fired.