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Cops Caught on Body Cam Saying “Turn it Off” Before Stomping on Handcuffed Man’s Face

Henryetta, OK — While police-worn body cameras can bring extra evidence into cases on both sides, they are far from a fix for police brutality. During a recent chase in Oklahoma, police can be heard whispering to each other to turn off their body cameras before one of the officers stomped on the suspect’s neck.

The suspect allegedly robbed a Dollar General store and fled on foot before he was chased by police down the highway. Eventually police caught up with him, used a taser to subdue him, and then multiple officers piled on to take him into custody. However, during the footage that is available, officers can be heard telling each other to turn off their cameras.

“This is the first time we see something a little concerning in the video. Where you hear one officer whispering very low to another officer ‘turn it off,‘” Civil rights attorney Mitchell Garrett said when viewing the video.

“What’s concerning to me is when you see someone who is not even involved in the chase scene applying quite a bit of force to the suspect’s head and neck once the suspect is fully in custody. The officer with the body cam turns away from the scene so that it cannot be captured on video,” he added.

As expected, the police department has defended the actions of its officers. Henryetta Police Chief Steve Norman said he was on the scene of that arrest and saw nothing inappropriate.

“I believe in this situation he was justified in holding him down,” he said in a statement to KJRH.

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“That day the heat index was probably 110. These guys doing the chasing were worn down and the other officer was giving them a break,” he said, totally avoiding the question about the body cameras.

“Everyone is against law enforcement. That’s why they’re having such a hard time filling positions,” Norman complained.

Even if the suspect was guilty of robbing the store, it is not the police officer’s job to inflict punishment on individuals suspected of a crime. Contrary to what some may believe, American cops are not Judge Dredd.

This video gives us a glimpse into how police attempt to manipulate the body camera footage that gets seen by the general public. It is commonplace for officers to turn off their dash cams when they are guilty of a crime, and this incident is another example of the same type of censoring occurring with body cameras as well.

John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter-culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work, he organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.

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  • And now black robed fools bring on the rules for I have read them front to back and will begin my attack.

  • If they have control of their bodycams, it totaly defeats the purpose…

  • This may not even be applicable anymore.

    • I’m pretty sure those laws were actually made stricter, not like they work still.

  • 2 sides…

  • then thay wonder why thay are getting shooted at for doing stupidshit like this …….

  • Abusive pieces of shit

  • what we allow…….

  • some one knows

  • again they want our trust . lol

  • Send all crooked cops to prison for life!

  • FFS

  • Make it so they can’t turn off the camera, if its to the point where we can’t trust them with this power then we should make it impossible to abuse it.

  • That’s a perk of the job. The wife, kids and the dog get a little break when the hero has an outlet.

  • it is what i knew it would be

  • Time to fire them ALL, and start over…..

  • mm72873

    they investigated themselves and they did not see anything wrong….

    • rick

      ya that is getting to be one of them fames lines from cops is we didn’t see any think wrong with this

      • Michael White

        Which is why I don’t see anything wrong with killing cops.

    • Patti Hannah

      No, the State watched the other three officer’s video footage and not this one that was specifically selected to lead you around by that lead ring in your nose.

      • Shevelle Lewis

        You’re the one being led around. If things were on the up and up why would they turn the cams off

  • too blind to see

    what I’m more concerned with is he did not comply and still lives. Most the comments when it’s a black person is he should have just complied and I bet you still don’t see it doesn’t matter

    • deborah phillips

      Too blind to see I agree with your comment, he failed to comply but he is still alive.

  • George III

    I’m so sick of the excuse, “Money was cut from training programs/Officers are not properly trained”. All the training in the world would not stop some cops from inflicting as much pain as possible. Lack of training isn’t the cause of brutality and misconduct. Sadistic cops simply want to dish out punishment in the most painful way…usually for non compliance, asking questions, moving slowly/not responding quick enough or making a cop work through running and working up a sweat. There was a time cops weren’t punished simply because there wasn’t video evidence. The word of the officer was taken as the complete truth. Nowadays, we have video, audio, emails, text messages and eyewitness accounts of unnecessary use of force and the departments/unions continue to give bad cops a pass. It’s clear to me in the video that the cop wanted to physically torture an-already subdued suspect. There have been other videos of cops using terms like, “You’re hot!”, “Kill the switch!”, ‘We’re live!” and “We’re rolling!” right before the body cams go dead and in this video a cop says, “Turn it off!” and the the cop with the body cam turns away. In my opinion, these instances should be considered “tampering with evidence”. Both cops, the one stepping on the suspect’s neck and the one turning his body cam away from the assault, should’ve been reprimanded.

  • deborah phillips

    Well they did not kill this man, guess they were not in fear of their life. Is it because he is the same skin color? He ran from the officers on a command but he was not shot in the back. Definitely, different results when the individual is not black.

  • kaynash

    Haven’t we already seen enough evidence to know that NO ONE can trust the police any longer? We KNOW that they lie ALL THE TIME. And our so called justice system gives them the okay to do so. You never trust people who lie all the time, you never trust people who are legally allowed to lie – that would be stupid. We know this. No one can trust anything the police do, say or write.

  • OhBoayeee

    If there was more training, accountability and heads rolling …..there would be less of this type of stuff happening. BUT there isn’t, so it won’t stop….Karma happens, don’t get mad when it does.