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Jury Rules Innocent Man Had Right to Defend Himself Against Cop Who Assaulted Him for No Reason

Orlando, FL – Accused of assaulting a police officer, a homeless man was recently found not guilty after a jury reviewed the body cam video of the arresting officer. Instead of charging him with resisting arrest, the jury agreed that the unarmed man had a right to defend himself against an overzealous cop.

On August 26, 2015, Terre Johnson, 44, was sitting on the curb when Officer James Wilson confronted him for no apparent reason. After threatening to give Johnson a citation for asserting his civil rights, Officer Wilson questioned whether the homeless man could even afford to pay the bullshit ticket. On his own body cam video, Wilson threatened and insulted the surrounding homeless people willing to defend Johnson’s constitutional rights.

As Johnson verbally defended himself, Officer Wilson placed his hand directly in front of Johnson’s face. When Wilson ordered him to keep his hands down, Johnson immediately complied and placed his hands on the ground while continuing to argue with the condescending cop. As Johnson asked the aggressive officer to give him five feet of space, Wilson incessantly pressed his hand against Johnson’s chest while putting his face in Johnson’s face.

Telling Wilson to check his record, Johnson warned, “It’s gonna tell you to approach with caution and get some fucking backup because I love beating up cops.”

“Are you threatening me, Mr. Johnson?” Officer Wilson asked.

“No, I’m not threatening you,” Johnson answered. “I feel threatened. Please, back up.”

When cops cannot find a reason to arrest someone, they will often antagonize individuals to the point of committing a crime. Although Johnson warned the officer that he was the wrong one to mess with and repeatedly told the cop to check his record, Wilson kept provoking him in an attempt to justify an arrest. As Johnson attempted to diffuse the situation by walking away from the aggressive officer, Wilson followed and assaulted the innocent homeless man.

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Suffering injuries to his head, Johnson was charged with resisting arrest with violence, resisting arrest without violence, and battery on a law enforcement officer. Before the jury could deliberate on a verdict, the judge dismissed the resisting charges and downgraded the battery on a law enforcement officer to simple battery. The jury later found Johnson not guilty on January 14.

According to Officer Wilson, Johnson’s initial crime was sitting on city-owned property with his feet in the street. Although many major cities have attempted to ban homeless people from existing within their city’s limits and have arrested priests willing to feed them, existence is not a crime. However, cops continue to criminalize people who cannot afford legal representation or a roof over their own heads. With our silent consent, abusive cops will continue to oppress those of us who cannot afford justice.

  • all cops are goofs

  • That smug, immature, obese bastard should be fired !!!

    What the fuck?! He’s out picking fights like he’s in grade school, acting like a smartass and demeaning citizens for no reason.

    He needs to get on that bike and keep pushing , go find real criminals. How many people were robbed, raped, or shot at while he was busy shit talking a homeless looking guy ?

  • The guy did exactly what he should have done. He didn’t do anything wrong. The cop was a dick.

  • Now can we arrest the cop for harassment?

  • this is why bad things happen to cops

  • fuck the goddamn motherfucking fucktard police-did you get that cops,you cowardly pussies?-don’t likeit?Do something,I dare you.

  • Police area cult of violence. The know they have a green light to fuk shit up. A real life video game. Bad guys. To punish and enslave. Ironically they are the ones who pay in the end. The fantasy of retiring and leaving it all behind doesn’t exist. Welcome to reality. Look at suicide and alcoholism in L.E. culture. The old saying is your as sick as your secrets.

  • power has a price

  • No slave no master.

  • That cop was clearly abusive and on a power trip . I’m sorry it turned violent , but a man can only be pushed so far before he responds . I’m glad it’s going to court , I hope the cop get’s his ass handed to him .

  • The war on drugs is a war on JUSTICE it’s self. It’s an attack on Law Enforcement. That’s EXACTLY what it is. This is how you make the people hate. Criminalize basic human behavior. That will do it. Just like the Vietnam war…EXACTLY THE SAME. Reaction guaranteed. Only one part needs to take the bait. Brilliant dialectic. It’s a blind spot in any unbalanced mind. They are kinda counting on you not living long enough to find balance. Once you find your inner kingdom and accept it…the doors opens. The unknown. This is the path. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPbmXkmxexM

  • It’s not race. It’s law. unlawful action. The shield of immunity falls away. The sword of true blind justice is unsheathed. Razor sharp and ready.

  • Anyone that supports this cop’s behavior can proudly call themselves ‘cop-suckers’…

  • I’m getting sick and tired of watching these videos. Nothing changes. America needs to sort its shit out. The rest of the world just looks on and shakes their heads.

  • Video keeps crashing 🙁

  • All you people behaving as if all cops are terrible people need to relax that mess and stop making us all look like stereotyping band wagon jumpers. We forget about good officers like SSGT Gunthrie and others who do protect and serve the people. YES accountability for abusive police should and will be demanded but saying things such as “fuck the police” (A) fuels those officers who are rage junkies, (B) makes you look as irrational and hostile as you claim all officers are, and (C) ruin your own reputation through a show of bad character.


  • When is the cop going to be charged with battery?

  • This cop should be fired but if he had to carry liability insurance that he paid for he would soon be out a job.

  • Well, at least the jury ruled him innocent. Good for the jury.
    But what steps has the state taken against that aggressive cop? He should be removed as an officer and blacklisted so that he can never hold such a position of power again.

  • Bully with a badge looking for some glory!

  • justice even by Roman Dutch LAW,,,we need natural and customary law ,,for the people by the people ring a bell,,ITS our very own freedom charter,,are we free or just dom

  • Should have beat his azz and handcuffed him with his own stuff naked to a street sign.

  • if this cop has nothing more important to do than harrass this guy we do not need his position on the police force. How about sitting down with this guy and making freinds with him ? with his freinds so they will help if he needs it, how about positive things instaed of being a bully ? and did he get tested to see if he is have a ‘ Riod Rage ” episode ? is he on steriods ? we have a right to know !!!

  • He should have killed that PIG so he couldnt disrespect another American Citizan!!!!!

  • are you fucking kidding me?…only thugs are against the police…..follow a simple set of instructions..but no…fuck thugs.