Del Paso Heights, CA — Dashcam video of an incident the Free Thought Project reported earlier this month shows just how far police are willing to go to extort people for jaywalking — or alleged jaywalking. It also shows how some cops react when their manhood is brought into question by those they are trying to extort. However, according to a recent lawsuit, the one abusive cop was only the tip of the iceberg for victim, Nandi Cain Jr.

As we reported previously, Nandi Cain Jr. was crossing the street when a Sacramento police officer approached him. As seen in the video, the pair exchanged some words just before the officer charged Cain and began choking and beating him. He was then arrested.

However, after he was arrested, according to a new federal lawsuit, the 24-year-old was also placed on psychiatric hold and taken to an isolation cell of a county jail, where the officer and other employees beat him repeatedly, stripped his clothes off and made obscene comments. Cain was then left in the cell, where he spent hours without food, medical attention or a chance to make a phone call, the lawsuit says.

According to Cain’s attorney, John Burris, the officer arrested Cain for being black.


“He shouldn’t have been in psychiatric watch,” Burris told The Washington Post. “He shouldn’t have been in the jail in the first place.”

During the original stop, the entire time, Cain had done nothing wrong. It is not illegal to walk away from an officer unless you are accused of a crime. When the officer said he was accusing Cain of jaywalking, Cain stopped. However, this cop couldn’t contain his rage and snapped.

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“You were jaywalking,” Officer Anthony Figueroa told Cain.

“I looked both ways,” Cain replied. “You’re harassing me. I just got off work. You’re trying to pull me over for nothing.”

In the video, we can hear Cain talking to the officer as he removed his jacket. As the video shows, however, Cain was just showing the officer he was unarmed, while questioning the validity of the stop — and questioning his manhood by saying, “if you were a real man, you’d put down that gun and fight me.”

That’s when Figueroa launched his assault.

“The actions of the involved Sacramento police officer are disturbing and does not appear to be reasonable based upon the circumstances,” the agency said in a statement this month.

After repeatedly bludgeoning the man in the face for doing nothing other than questioning his manhood, this officer arrested Cain and brought him downtown. Absent from the arrest report, however, was the charge of jaywalking. This officer only charged Cain with suspicion of resisting arrest.

As the SF Bay View reports, the abuse continued once he got to jail. 

Despite having repeatedly indicated that he was not suicidal and despite having no history of mental illness, Officer Figueroa insisted that Mr. Cain be placed in isolation – a suicide watch cell to further penalize him for the crime of walking while Black.


Mr. Cain fully complied and got down on his knees, with one hand on his head, while Officer Figueroa maintained his tight grip on Mr. Cain’s left arm. Then Officer Figueroa told Mr. Cain to lie down on the ground. Mr. Cain complied and lay with his face and body on the concrete floor. Despite Mr. Cain’s full and total compliance, Officer Figueroa called several yet-to-be-identified Sacramento County Jail employees to the cell.


Once the jail employees arrived at the cell, they joined Officer Figueroa and attacked Mr. Cain. The men repeatedly kneed Mr. Cain in the ribs and used their knees to pin his body against the floor, while forcefully stripping his clothes off. At no point did any of the men permit Mr. Cain the dignity of removing his own clothes.


Mr. Cain attempted to maintain his composure and did not want to move, out of fear that he would be hurt even worse. Nevertheless, the men continued to forcefully pin Mr. Cain’s body against the floor. Although his body was wracked with pain he initially did not cry out as he feared the sadistic group of men would intensify the abuse. When Mr. Cain could not withstand the agony any longer, he cried out.


The men maintained their grip on Mr. Cain, who was lying on the ground nude and frozen with fear. He was frightened that his sadistic attackers were preparing to sexually assault him. He clenched his buttocks muscles with all his might, in a feeble attempt to prevent an anticipated sexual assault.


Finally, after Mr. Cain was emasculated, naked and sobbing on the floor, the men released their grip. Apparently not satisfied by just stripping, abusing and humiliating Mr. Cain, the men began to call him a “bitch” and said that he was “crying like a bitch,” in addition to telling Mr. Cain that his naked body ‘stank.’ After robbing Mr. Cain of his manhood and basic human dignity, the men left him alone in his cell, without medical attention, food or the opportunity to make a phone call.

“This is one of the most outrageous unprovoked assaults since Rodney King,” Burris declared. “This is particularly infuriating because Sacramento has a history of disproportionately stopping African Americans for jaywalking, and every encounter is a potential disaster for African American men. This is a prime example of what happens with race-based policing.”

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Sgt. Tony Turnbull, spokesman for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, said the agency will investigate the alleged abuse, noting that they were only allegations.

“I would like to reiterate that these are only allegations,” Turnbull said. “We feel the truth will come out at the conclusion of the investigation in regards to Mr. Cain’s allegations against our department.”

To clear up any allegations, however, Burris intends to “demand the immediate release of Sacramento County Jail surveillance videos depicting Mr. Cain’s abuse inside the Sacramento County Jail and expedient and public termination of Officer Figueroa.”

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. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • The Cat’s Vagina

    Let me guess, there’s no surveillance footage from this incident despite ALL jails (especially the “suicide watch” parts) having cameras everywhere these days?

    • sharkboy

      ‘A periodic malfunction with the camera flared up in the particular cell the subject was being held in at an interval concise with his time being detained in the cell’
      Aka: Its your fault for not increasing funding to law enforcement.

    • Zackknowitall

      I know a guy who the cops framed then claimed no he made threats to kill himself. The jail agreed to take part in the abuse by putting him on suicide watch. When the man was taken to court he was taken out of the suicide watch gown and put in a jail jump suit. When he had visitors they put him again in a jump suit. 2 weeks go by and he finally hired a lawyer and he visited him at the jail. When the lawyer found out the medical staff never approved the watch and by that he was sick with a thrush and sinus infection from the dirty jail conditions. He also learned that they wouldn’t give him and hygiene products or real food. They would withhold food but only feed him a sandwich a meal when they did. They turned off the water to his cell. The only time he was able to get water was when they threw him in the freezeing cold shower. They didn’t even given him a matters for him to lay on it was just a berlap bag minus the stuffing. They kept the lights on 24/7 and banged on his door if he tried to fall asleep. He lost about 27 pound in the 2 weeks. The jail staff denied it was happening but the lawyer was able to quickly get a court order for all the video. 3 jailers and the jailor himself was all fired.

      Between the lawsuit against the jail and the police department he walked away with $5,000,000 plus lawyer fees. 2 cops were fired caught on their own interagation room camera that they forgot to turn off. They were openly talking about how they had framed him and were gonna claim he tried to kill himself. All 6 of these pigs went to federal prisons for civil rights violation.

      • George III

        I would like to read more on this case. Could you please provide the case name or the name of the victim?

        • Stephen Johnson

          His name is in the article above.

      • Domina Elle

        Curious- was he white?

        I had similar happen to me. Put into medical cell with no clothes under a suicide watch. I wasn’t suicidal it all it was done as punishment because I didn’t show them the ass kissing they wanted plus I didn’t appreciate the cavity search they gave me just for having an opinion a supervising officer didn’t like. They get off on violating people.

        • BooBooBaby

          I don’t know if that guy was White…..but I do know of Many different White people that have went through awful things like that with cops/jails……we rarely hear about it because it doesn’t fit the media’s Racist Race Baiting agenda!

  • Guy

    Although I do agree with the victim in this case being apparently manhandled by a out of control ego hurting cop, for no more that being called out about his authority to stop a man for jay walking, and then being arrested and brutalized over it.

    I disagree that this has anything to do with the color of his skin and everything to do with cops in America running ragged over us and anybody else that gets in their way, for us having the balls to question their motives and high handed attitudes of superiority over the people they are sworn to protect !

    He could have just as easily been Latino, Asian or some other ethnicity considering we are a mixed bag of mutts living in the U.S.A.

    Apparently the cops and pd’s are starting to realize that, we don’t like there attitudes and practises of how they go about governing over us, and become thinned skinned about it, to be scared and nervous over it enough to be over reactionary to its effects, especially now that cameras seem to be everywhere documenting their misdeeds. Ever since Rodney King’s beatdown, more and more of us have been out there with the cameras showing everyone and the media, just how screwed up it has become ! Even though cops wear body cameras and in the cars too, it’s not enough, because often they are broken, off, or their recordings are corrupted or lost somehow, rather conveniently for the Pd and the courts.

    I predict that sometime soon, where every cop in America will be required to wear a camera at all times, with no excuse that they not be working or data lost. Showing all reactions and encounters with us, that will finally prove there policies and why we have become misstrustfull of thouse that abuse them ! Soon cops of this type will be a thing of the past, but just not right now. So keep on suing their asses off !

    • TeslaFan

      I live in Sacramento. This particular cop had (before he was fired) an obsession with jaywalkers and was in trouble for spending so much of his time focusing on jaywalkers. According to PBS, 68% of his tickets/arrests were for jaywalking. Just a lazy cop, in my book. I don’t know if he had a history of violence, too, but I do know that being a cop is important enough that we need people who are not lazy, not violent, not obsessive, not focused on being right no matter what, and not addicted to throwing their weight around just because they can. Many, if not most, of us in Sacramento are happy that he was fired.

      • Zackknowitall

        He was not lazy he was a fishing pig. It’s called a pretext stop. He used it as a reason to search and harass ppl. I wonder what % of his arrest or tickets went to blacks..

      • Zackknowitall

        Also if not for the video this guy would be sitting in jail on a no bond hold just waiting for his bus to prison. His word vs a cop is no good. Think of all the ppl who have falsely went to prison bc of dirty lying pig cops.

        That’s where I draw the line in the sand falsely sending me to prison will start a war like no one has seen against the police. I’ve been abused by the pigs in blue before but I just turned the other cheek. Lucky for them the jury seen right through the lies. Had they not I would have been collecting badges.

      • Guy

        I use to hang around Sac a lot when I was a kid too, Cruising K Street and getting into minor crap. Never a problem or hassle with the pd. They would always tell me the same thing, go home ! Now I see a totally different attitude with the pd there and in general ! They have gotten a whole lot meaner and much more apt to pull the gun or taser someone over the same minor crap I was involved in, regardless of the color of the skin ! Like this bs for Jaywalking, which is more a pretext to just stop and hassle someone, as in a fishing trip, rather a concern about safety !

    • Tay Smith

      The o is not Latino, by his name, so NO he “couldn’t justify have been Latino, or anything else, for that matter. The motive from preventing jaywalking is “enforcing safety”, does it looks like any of those mofos care about this dude safety?

      • Guy

        Of course it dosen’t. If they had, why the beat down in the first place ? No, this is just about a butt hurt cop with damaged pride, that is using brutality to reinforce his sense of being disrespected, showing someone who’s the boss.

        That the lawyer and now his client, are making it all about, walking while black, is where I get off the bandwagon. The guy is now just looking for a big , fat and juicy payout, because he is *IS BLACK !* Who has now become the opportunist as the result. So too me in some ways, he has become worse that the cop ! The cop being the cause and the guy being the victim has been opportunity lost as I see it !

    • Domina Elle

      You’re absolutely right. The race narrative serves to derail. It doesn’t hit the nail on the head.

  • TeslaFan

    Important facts left out of the article: (1) the officer was fired, (2) he had an obsession with jaywalkers and was already in trouble for focusing too much on that–this was the final straw, (3) the young man freaked out in the police car and tried to kick out the windows which is why he was put on psychiatric hold. These facts don’t change anything but they are material and should have been in the article.

    • Tay Smith

      How trying to kick the window of a cop car, when all you’ve down is not cross the road on a pedestrian, render you mentally impaired? Only in Amerikkka, you can sit there and write such appalling justification, without flinching.

      • TeslaFan

        Wish I could answer that question. There is no good answer. Our police are more like military and we are the enemy and it seems to be getting worse by the day.

    • Hubert Harrison

      Where is the evidence for the claim that the man tried to kicked out the cop’s window?

      • TeslaFan

        It was in the original article in the Sacramento Bee. According to the cops (errrrr), the young man freaked out in the police car and tried to kick out the windows then, reportedly, was violent all the way to lockup/psychiatric eval. It wasn’t in this article.

  • Psinned Kelly

    Just another nobody trying to get a name.
    A street rat is just that.

  • Domina Elle

    Hope the citizens have to pay out millions to this man. I know what it’s like to be sexually violated by cops. They love it. This happens to people of all ethnicities. what is it I hear said a lot: “one victim is too many”?

  • Abz B Zbas

    Wait, where is the first article? I remember hearing about this story and wondering why FTP never reported on it.

  • 2.7182818284590

    Have any criminal charges been filed against the officers who did this? Prison time maybe?