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Chattanooga officer David Campbell was fired in February for unlawful arrest and driving recklessly while on duty. The Times Free Press took an in-depth look into Campbell’s driving habits, documenting several cases where Campbell chose to dangerously exceed the speed limits in order to arrive on the scene of calls for backup and other matters. But it’s the video of Campbell’s arrest of Hanson Melvin which caught our attention and serves as a sort of prophetic word for police officers who abuse their power to harass, intimidate, and arrest citizens unlawfully.

Melvin was reportedly walking outside of the Northgate Crossing Apartments when Campbell approached him and seemingly sarcastically inquired about whether or not Melvin had gotten his driver’s license back or not. The tone and the comment provoked Melvin, who responded by telling Campbell it was “none of your business” and “you harass me every time you see me.” Campbell admitted to a fellow officer he was just “messing with him.”

For no reason, Campbell had premeditated the fact that he would place Melvin under arrest and kidnap him. To be clear, Melvin had committed no crime. He had harmed no one and was minding his own business when this tyrant cop moved in to falsely arrest him.

Melvin was sitting in the back of the car alone, reflecting on his encounter with Campbell and asked himself a few questions. “Why they gotta abuse us like this down here?…Why do they gotta treat us like this?…This ain’t right man!” He said to himself.

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Infuriated, apparently, by someone questioning his authority, the officer then demanded to see his license, telling Melvin he was on government property and a government official was demanding it. That’s when he was arrested for “disorderly conduct” and taken to jail, but the ride was anything but an easy one for the officer who got an earful from the overly frustrated, and some could say, targeted citizen.

After begging Campbell to not arrest him, and telling him he should go after criminals, not guys like him who were trying their best to get by and provide for his family. He then told Campbell his harassment is ongoing and every time they see each other. “I go through so much getting a job as it is now. I can’t have that on my record,” he implored for leniency.

It seems that then Melvin turned his eyes toward heaven and things of faith and addressed the officer’s perceived character flaws. “It’s wrong. It’s wrong that you abuse your power, sir. Yeah. I’m going to go to jail. But God gonna get me out he gonna take care of me. But what you do in the dark is going to come to light. And you know you’ve been bothering me. You know you’s abusing your power. You know you had no business asking me about my license,” he charged.

Indeed, Melvin was correct. Campbell’s deeds did come to light and caught up with the officer in a very real way which ultimately ended the officer’s career.

Melvin wasn’t done. He continued planting seeds into the heart of the hardened officer. He asked, “Is it because I’m Black…because you hate me?”

Returning the mistreatment he’d received from the perpetrator, Melvin said, “Hey, I’m gonna pray for you brother cause you going through some things you don’t even realize. You got some hate in your heart, some negativity. You know what, God orchestrated this, God planned this out. You know what, I’m gonna be on your mind forever.

Indeed he probably will. Some religious folk might even be tempted to say, in a case such as Melvin’s and Campbell’s, that God is still intervening in the affairs of man because there’s one less crooked cop on the street.

Melvin’s encounter serves as an indictment to modern policing whose street level officers still feel empowered to “toss” cars looking for plants, “stop and frisk” looking for drugs and weapons, and “check window tint” looking to extort people and separate them from their money. It’s tragic but is going on in Every Street, USA, on the daily.

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Jack Burns is an educator, journalist, investigative reporter, and advocate of natural medicine
  • Guy

    “Wicked Is The Way’s Of Man, Who Will Exercise His Power Over The Other.” Proverbs.

  • Daniel W. McCullar

    So what about charges for all the criminal acts this officer committed, from false arrest, imprisonment to Federal charges of Deprivation of rights while under color of law!? This cop committed multiple felonies and all while in possession of a firearm! He should be in prison for the next 30 years plus.

    • Cousin Eddy

      We’re not that lucky.

    • REALConservative

      It’s as if they want people to recognize that the deck is stacked in favor of unionized gov’t stooges and that they want people to take justice into their own hands.

  • Speckintime

    There should be a lawsuit filled to help this man get his life back together from obvious police misconduct and civil rights violations.

  • Zackknowitall

    Law says a person can use deadly force to stop a kidnapping. This man was kidnapped

  • Zackknowitall

    He was arrested for being a smart ass. This cop should be facing criminal charges.

    • REALConservative

      Smart ass?

      Does the po po need a safe space?

      • Zackknowitall

        They do

  • Zackknowitall

    So the cop created the whole situation then arrested the man for being upset about the bullying.

    • fred

      yup

  • Paul Mailhot

    So it was a false arrest…… isn’t that kidnapping then?

  • Heretic Jones

    Be careful my fellow libertarian-oriented thinkers (who I wish were all wretched anarchists such as someone I know well) as you call upon this system to enact justice when it is this system that is inherently unjust.

  • Amor Terra

    With any justice, that cop and his family will be out on the streets. I would call him a despicable pig, but that would insult our porcine brethren.

  • Everton Brown

    Without the video its no possibility of accountability and behavior of this nature is common practice.

    • billdeserthills

      I seen too many videos already, this makes me sick. The cop he confided in about his purposeful assault on the victim sure as hell never said a word, oh but that’s ok, cause that officer was a ‘good cop’, huh??

  • brent

    Drain the swamps, all of them! No place for this type of conduct out of our paid servants, they seem to be forgetting their place.

  • Jim

    He made a great point when he said he was “one of the few that don’t ” sell drugs, etc. It was refreshing to see a black man acknowledge how rampant black crime is. Next time show your ID when the cop asks for it, and you won’t end up in jail.

    • affirmations

      As if war isn’t crime. I swear you honkies are effin blind af. Etc.etc.etc.etc. I miss hitler at least he didn’t discriminate #irony

      • Jim

        I have reported your racist statement.

        • affirmations

          Wish I could report your racist brain.

          • Jim

            We are allowed to think whatever we want. When posting on Disqus you will need to follow the Terms of Service. Using racist language violates the Terms of Service. You are a racist.

          • affirmations

            Well let me tuck my tale and run before massa’ comes ✊???

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            She prefers to be called Domina, if we’re playing that game! Also, learn your ass from a story, please – you look like a damn moron.

          • affirmations

            What’s wrong with being a moron (orange) face lmao

          • affirmations

            Now I’m just trolling NVM me. Peace be with you

          • REALConservative

            And you are a fascist, dipshit.

            Telling people here to surrender their rights. What the fuck is wrong with you?

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            Both of you knock it off, please! You can report each other all you want, but it won’t do any good. Comments only get moderated here for being spam, or doxxing, or other such nonsense. Otherwise, fight your own damn flame wars!

        • billdeserthills

          A copsucker and minority hater & a tattletale–What a pos you are, you should off yourself now & make this world a better place

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          What do you think is going to happen to those reports?

      • The Cat’s Vagina

        You look like a fucking idiot saying “honkies” and “effin” in the same sentence. Either cuss or don’t cuss, but this makes you look like a demented pussy.

    • REALConservative

      Right…just do as you are told, because that’s American freedom, right?

      Fuck you and your statist bulllshit.

      What does the 4th and 5th Amendment mean to you, slave? We aren’t even required to carry an ID when we aren’t driving, asshole.

    • Paul Gipson Jr.

      Please go fuck your own face.

  • Bethany

    thugs with a badge