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Long Beach, CA — Solomon Brooks, 31, was freed from jail Friday. He was facing life in prison after two police officers — who brutally beat him with their batons for a bicycle light — lied, and said he attacked them. Luckily for Brooks, a bystander decided to film the police and the video caught the offending officers in the act.

On June 3, 2016, Brooks had harmed no one when he was targetted by Long Beach police officers who were going to ‘protect society’ by extorting Brooks over his lack of proper bicycle lighting. This much of the story, both sides agree on.

According to police, however, when they tried to stop Brooks, they said he fled and then threw his bicycle at them. Police then claimed Brooks attacked them. This account was never verified and, in fact, it was disputed by multiple eyewitnesses and video.

What actually happened—according to the video and witnesses—was much different.

According to one eyewitness, the officers began beating Brooks with their batons before he even got off of his bicycle.

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As the video shows, Brooks was scared of the officers and did, indeed, try to get away. However, he is then seen crouching down behind a car and raises an arm, saying to the officers, “Don’t Tase me,” or, “Don’t hit me.”

In their reports, neither of the Long Beach police officers, Brady Vriens and Leticia Newton, mentioned the subsequent beating that ensued in the video.

“Do you really believe that both of them forgot about this interaction?” Brooks’ attorney, Meghan Blanco, pointed out during the trial.

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During the chase, the officers said they Tasered, pepper-sprayed and used a baton on Brooks multiple times, but did not mention the beating that was caught on film.

“He would run, stop, turn, face us and confront us, and when the force was used, he’d run again,” Vriens said. Again, however, this was never verified by witnesses and, in fact, disputed.

As the Press-Telegram reported:

Two people dining at the Korean restaurant where the altercation ended testified they watched Brooks fleeing but never saw him raise his fists.

 

Although Blanco challenged the officers’ credibility using the video, the footage also cast doubt on the defense’s key witness.

 

Elizabeth Brainard, the burger shop employee who said police instigated the violence, testified that she witnessed firsthand what happened in the video.

Prosecutors attempted to discredit Brainard because she didn’t immediately come forward to police. However, when she took the stand, she explained why it took her some time.

“I also know what I saw was wrong, and for that, I want to speak up,” Brainard said.

To show just how unjust Brooks thought this case was, he was offered a deal in May that would have freed him from jail immediately if he pleaded guilty to one count of resisting arrest. Instead, Brooks, who was facing life in prison because of California’s ‘third strike’ law, chose to fight the charges. His gamble paid off.

If jurors would’ve convicted Brooks on the felony charges of attacking police officers, he would have gone to jail for the rest of his life. However, the jury only found him guilty of misdemeanor resisting for fleeing the officers.

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“I’m ecstatic,” Brooks’ mother, Kathleen Brooks, said in the courtroom. “Every time I came up here, I thought I was taking him home. Now it’s really happening.”

Below is what it looks like to ride your bicycle without a light in the land of the free. If you attempt to resist your extortion, you will be swiftly and violently dealt with. Thankfully, because a vigilant citizen decided to film the police, an innocent man was spared from the unfortunate fate of spending the rest of his life in a cage.

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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.
  • Little_Caesar

    There’s a special place waiting on cops.

    • Ed

      Guess we have to wait! These type cops will live their life looking over their shoulders. Awaiting KARMA to finish their shift! Nothing to be afraid of!

  • TOPDOG1

    How many others do you suppose these police have railroaded? Every case they sat on should be dismissed. Some police have done this to hundreds. And in some places, thousands.

  • IceTrey

    Honesly it’s kind of stupid he didn’t take the deal since he was clearly guilty of it anyway as the verdict proved.

    • Rogue cops cost us money

      Learn how to read…….. If jurors would’ve convicted Brooks on the felony charges of attacking police officers, he would have gone to jail for the rest of his life. However, the jury only found him guilty of misdemeanor resisting for fleeing the officers.

      • IceTrey

        Yeah he was convicted of the same crime as he could have pled to without risking going to jail for life!

    • Damiana

      I think he did the right thing, making a JURY convict him instead of letting them extort him just to get an easy “win.”

      • IceTrey

        Are you fucking insane? Going to trial on a third strike felony instead of taking a walk away misdemeanor? That’s retarded. No, that’s fucktarded it’s so stupid.

        • Damiana

          He won though, didn’t he?

          • IceTrey

            NO! HE WAS CONVICTED OF THE CRIME HE COULD HAVE PLED TO WITHOUT THE RISK OF A LIFE TERM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE GAINED NOTHING!

          • Damiana

            *laughs with a patient sort of fondness* Get down from there, Trey… before you fall and bust your ass.

          • WHYYOUTHINKTHEWAYYOUDO

            @[email protected]:disqus, thank you.

          • Rai-Sing Fenix

            What he gained was proof that the cops beat him and lied and said that he hit them.
            If he took the deal, this information would never have been made public. Because he went to trial instead, now the world knows that the cops are scum and the department was helping to corroborate the lies that their officers told.
            He gained the peace of mind that the rest of the world knows he didn’t do the things they tried to charge him with.

          • IceTrey

            No! All of that would have come out in the civil trial. Not to mention they were NOT going to charge him with any felonies at all if he took the deal. There would have been nothing to prove!

          • Amor Terra

            In a civil trial, a criminal guilty plea establishes conclusively (usually without a chance to rebut it) the elements of the offense–in this case, that the man resisted arrest. So the civil trial would have started with the establishment of the cops’ defense–we beat him because he attacked us.

          • IceTrey

            The resisting was because he ran and any competent defense lawyer would make that clear.

          • Amor Terra

            The resisting the JURY found him guilty of. But if he had pleaded guilty, it would have been to the charge the state made against him.

          • IceTrey

            Which would have been resisting.

          • Amor Terra

            You haven’t spent much time in a courtroom, have you? When you take a plea, the court requires that you allocute to the facts underlying the offense. He didn’t resist a lawful arrest, and the jury was stupid to convict him–a bunch of namby pambies pushed by back the blue idiots to throw a bone to the cop, especially since the man was black and lower class. In any event, if you believe (correctly) that all you did was try to avoid the unlawful assault of the cop, and you say that you resisted, it’s a lie. I’m glad the man got his story out, and I hope he sues the living $hit out of them.

          • IceTrey

            He ran before anything happened.

          • Amor Terra

            I can’t imagine why. It’s well-known that cops are always level-headed, fair, and kind to black guys.

          • Damiana

            You can say shit if you want to.

          • Amor Terra

            I’m trying to cut down. There’s been way too many justifications to cuss like a sailor lately.

          • Damiana

            Then you should say something like “crap.” When you type $hit, you’re pretty much cussing… and giving the appearance that you think you’re fooling someone. In any case, you cuss however you want to cuss… or not cuss. I just wanted to opine that you aren’t really “cutting down,” any more than a junkie is when he decides to snort dope instead of inject it.

          • Amor Terra

            True. But then again, I am and always have been, an addict. Sugar, booze and cigarettes for a long time. Now cussing. Oh well.

          • Damiana

            I guess I should give you props on trying to snort that $hit. Harm reduction, that’s the ticket!

          • Amor Terra

            🙂 To hell with trying to cuss less. Fuck that shit.

  • jonn

    Has the DA charged these uniformed chimps with conspiracy? Falsifying govt documents? Assault and Battery? Contempt of Court? And whatever charges are appropriate?

  • Rogue cops cost us money

    Lawsuit time………..

  • ← Irish Bunny → Long Beach, CA —

    • Damiana

      I’ll have fries with mine, thank you.

  • russ

    This will never stop until Americans realize we can’t afford to have “police” “protection”. Massive law suits are the only thing that will extinguish this police state. It is critical for we the people to learn the difference between peace officers and police enforcement.

  • Chillaxin

    Now he has actionable cause to file a civil suit against the city for excessive use of force! Good shit.

  • Ibcamn

    just think of the freedom how many people have lost due to cops,oops,i mean terrorists,like this…they all lie on reports,they all back peddle or back walk on the telling of the story while the reports get filled out..they will take peoples freedoms away so they can profit from it….cops are thug criminals,terrorists witrh a badge.