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Cops Caught on Camera in Cowardly Gang-Style Beating of an Unarmed Man Lying Face Down

Marion County, FL — In August of 2014, multiple deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s office conducted a drug bust. During the bust, Derrick Price ran from deputies Jesse Terrell, Trevor Fitzgerald, James Amideo, Cody Hoppel and Adam Crawford. However, once he realized he could not outrun the pickup truck, he quickly stopped, put his hands up, and laid face down on the ground — completely surrendering.

Upon reaching the unarmed, nonviolent, completely compliant, and prostrate man, the deputies proceeded to unleash a furious beating composed of kicks to the head, knees to the body, and countless blows from fists.

Price was left severely beaten and bloodied in the parking lot after the assault. The deputies would go on to lie and claim that Price was combative and resisting. Luckily for Price, however, the entire gang beating was captured on video.

The court documents describe the beating:

The court documents read as follows, where Cody Hoppel, Adam Crawford, and Jesse Terrell are respectively referred to in court documents as deputies 1, 2, and 3.

“The video footage depicts the unnecessary and unreasonable use of force by three deputies who beat, kicked, and kneed a fully compliant Price while Amidei and Fitzgerald failed to intervene to protect the arrestee, despite having the opportunity to do so. Deputy 2 kneeled down at the right side of Price’s head and shoulder, Deputy 3 positioned himself immediately above Price’s head, Deputy 1 took a position at Price’s left side, and Fitzgerald straddled the back of Price’s legs as Deputy Amidei hovered above the deputies directly behind Deputy 1. At no time did Price resist the deputies or pose a threat in any fashion. After Deputy 2 initially grabbed Price’s left arm from Price’s right side, pinning Price’s right arm to the ground, Deputies 1, 2, and 3 began beating Price as [he] lay on the ground.”

The video was released this week by the state attorney for the Fifth Judicial Circuit and immediately after its release, Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair held a news conference.

“The abusive and unprofessional actions they displayed shocked me to my core, and there was absolutely no hesitation for me to immediately inform the Florida Department of Law Enforcement of their actions, to immediately suspend those former deputies without pay and, ultimately, to request their resignation and/or termination,” said Blair.

Since the incident in August of 2014, deputies Fitzgerald, Amideo, Hoppel, and Crawford all pleaded guilty to federal civil rights violations. However, despite the assault occurring over 18 months ago, not one of these officers has been sentenced.

This week, a grand jury indicted Jesse Terrell who, for some odd reason, is maintaining his innocence. From what the video shows, not one officer on the scene is innocent. Even the fifth officer, who chose not to take out his pent-up aggression on a man whose only ‘crime’ was to do with his own body what he wanted, is guilty. He is an officer of the law, and he did not attempt to stop the crime of assault on a nonviolent man.

According to Reuters, Terrell’s attorney expected that his case would go to trial, saying that his situation differed from the guilty officers.

“Jesse is not guilty. He is not guilty of anything,” said attorney Charles Holloman. He declined to elaborate on why Terrell’s behavior differed from that of the other officers.

Watch the video below, and then ask yourself why so many people, both innocent and guilty, so often run from police. Derrick Price was a threat to no one. He wasn’t ‘armed,’ ‘reaching for his waistband,’ ‘charging at the officers,’ ‘making threatening movements,’ ‘resisting,’ or any of the other bogus excuses used by police when doling out brutal beat downs.

Perhaps the most chilling aspect of this Rodney King-style beating of Derrick Price is the fact that had the cameras not caught these officers in their brutal display, the world would all still believe they are heroes. What’s more, even in spite of this video, there is most likely a large sect of society who still believe they are.


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.

  • If you aren’t desensitized to police violence please (Y) + Comment + Share this blood boiling video.

  • Even if the suspect was guilty of a crime, 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.

  • ᵀʰᶦˢ ᶦˢ ˢᵒ ˢᵐᵃᶫᶫ ᵗᵒ ʳᵉᵃᵈ ᵉᵛᵉᶰ ᶠᵒʳ ʸᵒᵘ ᵇʳᵒ⋅ ᴰᵒᶰᵗ ᵗʳʸ ᵗᵒ ᶜᵒᶰᵗᶦᶰᵘᵉ ʳᵉᵃᵈᶦᶰᵍ ᵗʰᶦˢ ᵇᵉᶜᵃᵘˢᵉ ʸᵒᵘʳ ᵉʸᵉˢ ʷᶦᶫᶫ ˢᵗᵃʳᵗ ᵗᵒ ʰᵘʳᵗ ˢᵒᵒᶰ ᶦᶠ ʸᵒᵘ ᵈᵒᶰᵗ ˢᵗᵒᵖ⋅ ᵂʰʸ ᵈᵒᶰᵗ ʸᵒᵘ ˢᵗᵒᵖ﹖⋅⋅⋅⋅ᵍᵒ ᵃʷᵃʸ ᵇʳᵒ ᵃᶰᵈ ʳᵉᵃᵈ ᵗʰᵉ ᶰᵉˣᵗ ᶜᵒᵐᵐᵉᶰᵗ⋅ ˢᵗᵒᵖ ʳᵉᵃᵈᶦᶰᵍ ᵃᶫʳᵉᵃᵈʸ﹗ ᴵ ˢᵉᵉ ᵗʰᵃᵗ ʸᵒᵘ ᵈᵒᶰᵗ ʷᵃᶰᶰᵃ ᵍᶦᵛᵉ ᵘᵖ ʳᵉᵃᵈᶦᶰᵍ﹖⋅⋅⋅ʷᵉᶫᶫ ᵒᵏ, ʸᵒᵘ ʷᵒᶰ ᵗʰᶦˢ ᵗᶦᵐᵉ, ᵇᵘᵗ ʸᵒᵘ ˢʰᵒᵘᶫᵈ ᵍᶦᵛᵉ ᵐᵉ ᵃ ᶫᶦᵏᵉ ᶠᵒʳ ʷᵃˢᵗᶦᶰᵍ ʸᵒᵘʳ ᵗᶦᵐᵉ ᵃᶰᵈ ˢᵗʳᵉˢˢᶦᶰᵍ ʸᵒᵘʳ ᵉʸᵉˢ ᵗʰᵒ

  • damn cowards

  • Don’t we teach children to fear/distrust strangers? Police are armed, belligerent, strangers. Why wouldn’t a sane person run?

    • It’s the result of 15,000 hours of government indoctrination which teaches that government strangers are to be trusted, respected, and revered.

    • Especially if they have a shiny badge

    • Why you should cooperate always with police? For the same reason why you should never ever wear a hodie no matter what weather. The cop has to keeop first his safety in mind. Second he is protecting the public. If you are a dope dealer you know that sooner or later you will do time for it. If you have any brains you do not run and make it worse or be killed. (I am not implying that government is disgusting with efforts to keep me from drugs, Anyone should have right to kill himself or to use or not use drugs)

  • Fucking weak ass men hiding behind badges

  • pigs

  • Used to be cops don’t get paid enough to take shit from felons but these pieces of shit all need to be fired fuck those cocksuckers they couldn’t fight one on one they proved that shit cowards they are.

  • Abuse of authority, show of color blue weather he was guilty or not thay are not a judge or jury

  • I guess people can yell all they want, but when the shit really hits the fan are you guy going to stand and fight or pull out your phones?

  • i thought it was on a loop (the cop kicking the guy on the ground) till one of the cops walked away…. brutality pure and simple

  • They should be sent to prison where they will be dealt with by the prison population

  • Fuckin pussies should all be tried for assault

  • Seems any asshole can be a cop in the states……Wether it’s a nice place or not they portray mentality standards to the rest of the world if the people who are meant to keep you safe act like this what’s the rest going to be like. You got cops like these and people like trump heading to be in charge, yeah I’m ok the worlds a big place.

    • What’s wrong with Trump?

    • ??

    • He’s an uneducated biggot who’s made money off the back off the poor and mocks everyone inc his own supporters. He’s inciting hate in a time where everyone should try and be one. He’s pushing humanity backwards Instead of forward and the west is meant to be the forefront of understanding ……not to say all politicians aren’t like that we have them here in the uk. But he’s everything that’s wrong with world today. He has no clue. He takes the piss out of his supporters and his own supporters can’t even see that. Hes laughing at everyone.

    • So that’s why the rest of the world laughs at him and anyone who thinks he’s worthy of running a country.

    • Yup…a lot of people here in the states are ignorant to the maximum…but theres quite a large following for Rand Paul. He’s the only person I would ever vote for. Hands down a true conservative man who wants to follow the true constitution and make the government smaller, eliminate our shit for shit tax law and replace it with a 14.5% flat tax

    • Just hope trump doesn’t win.. Or worse a democrat of the sort. Hilarious Clinton hopefully is out atleast

  • I see a promotion in there futures

  • To all the ‘law and order’ folks: I see your posts about how wonderful our police are. I read the worshipful comments. I hear the rhetoric about all the dangers they face on a daily basis. Reality check: more people in America have been killed by your heroes than by ‘terrorists’ since 9/11. Their chosen profession has fewer deaths/serious injuries per year than over 20 other jobs. These statistics are available from many sources – check for yourself. I hear the ‘few bad apples’ pitch too. That doesn’t cut it either. Every apple in this case is rotten. While I continue to applaud the LEO’s who work hard and respect both citizens and the Constitution, sadly they are in the minority today. Wake up. Face the facts. We have become a militaristic police state. This is what our Founding Fathers warned us about.

  • What a bunch of f’ing cowards! High five dude! Ya!

  • Los policías y no todos se han convertido en unos salvajes. Tal vez esten ingresando a la policia personas con conflictos emocionales y los controles de ingreso no se lleven a cabo. No pasen por el departamento de psicología ect.

  • These guys must have no fear

  • THis is how cowardly punks act when you give them a badge

  • When the shit hits this year in the US these guys are not going to be protected by the elite cabal, in fact quite the opposite from what I hear. Maybe karma will come a knocking. Who knows.

  • clever one the cop is with the body cam, he gets just the right type of footage to make it seem like its an actual resisting situation. the scumbag knows how to manipulate body camera footage

  • F___in’ punk-ass PIGZ!!!

  • THUG cops at work…..Citizens be-aware

  • this is why people hate the police

  • Gotta get that adrenaline fix!

  • Why are only 3 being charged? There were 5 cops beating this prostate man and a 6th one on and off camera. Why only 3?

    • The article I read earlier was full, and recent and it said a fifth was indicted yesterday, four plead guilty total, two this case, and the other two to this case and another case of a man being beaten also, Dustin heathman

    • Stand With Dustin Heathman

    • Thx Mosh, I missed that update

    • It’s out of hand what they can get away with nowadays

  • So , all you school bullies out there , there is a future for you !

  • Anybody know where I can get great representation for unlawful imprisonment?

  • Fuck the police!!

  • This is so wrong – day after day videos are surfacing of this madness – what’s happening to us as a race?- why? – so out of control:-((

  • OMG…..this tactic which gives uniformed SADISTS moral justification to kick & beat a compliant suspect is beyond RIDICULOUS. No one is falling for your sickness. This DEVIOUS cover will testify against you in hell. Demons will cry out as they rape you “STOP RESISTING…!”

  • fucking ridiculous, absolute cowardice.

  • Set fire to the stinkin maggots and eat their children

  • Scums.

  • Exactly this: “Perhaps the most chilling aspect of this Rodney King-style beating of Derrick Price is the fact that had the cameras not caught these officers in their brutal display, the world would all still believe they are heroes. What’s more, even in spite of this video, there is most likely a large sect of society who still believe they are.”

  • Some of them join the police force so that thy get rid of all of misplaced anger…

  • Tanya Mennenga Batten

  • I thought that the police was just supposed to uphold the law not give out punishment.

  • Don’t start praising the sheriff just yet. If this beating hadn’t been recorded, then they would have not only gotten away with this beating, but gotten away with Dustin Heathman’s beating as well. Two of the five officers shown in this video are also involved in Dustin’s case, including Cody Hoppel, the officer who pleaded guilty to beating up both men. Notice at the end of the video you can hear them yelling, “Stop resisting! stop resisting!” Well, they said the same thing to Dustin too, when he was handcuffed, unarmed, fully compliant, and posing no threat to anyone. And if you think this beating looks bad, remember- Dustin was beaten up even worse, and the sheriff himself tried to help cover it up.

    http://www.ocalapost.com/fourth-deputy-pleads-guilty-in-beating-case-confesses-to-second-beating/

    http://www.ocala.com/article/20151028/ARTICLES/151029745?p=1&tc=pg

    http://www.ocala.com/article/20151103/ARTICLES/151109930?p=1&tc=pg

    http://www.ocalapost.com/concerns-about-a-culture-of-fear-and-intimidation-at-the-marion-county-sheriffs-office/

  • Evil cowards! Your families encourages you to continue doing evil to us and our families, our neighbors and their families! You families are not innocent bystanders,they are not.

  • Guilty until proven innocent or dead. I’m waiting for the story that says someone was being assaulted unnecessarily by cops and someone nearby pulled a gun and blew them all away . . .

  • Yes, there are bad cops and we do not have their store here. I just wonder after seeing so many : bad cops: stories in social media why there are not thousands of stories like this:? 15 year old ane 17 years old yesterday shot and killed 42 years old mother picking up children from school in order to steal her car. I wonder why this human garbage is even allowed to make it alive to jail. Why do we feed this garbage and whe we are victimised by a herd of roaches that will now defend this garbage trying to prove that they were trying to sell a chewing gum to this mother and someone alse, perhaps aliens put a bullet in her head. When those mama’s darlings attack you, who will you call? Can you imagine cops dealing with human shit every day being abused, attacked, shut at day after day? Would you do it for 20 or 40,000? What would you eventually think of your adversaries?

  • What drug?

  • But what did the guy do first.?

  • Stand With Dustin Heathman The article I read earlier was full, and recent and it said a fifth was indicted yesterday, four plead guilty total, two this case, and the other two to this case and another case of a man being beaten also, Dustin heathman

    • Yes, one of the officers pleaded guilty to beating Dustin up as well. The problem is, Dustin’s beating took place before Price’s beating. Dustin filed numerous complaints, and Sheriff Blair had full knowledge that Dustin was beaten, however Blair had tried to sweep Dustin’s beating under the rug. Once the feds started investigating these officers for beating Price, they saw Dustin’s booking photo, put two and two together, and learned of Dustin’s beating. As part of a plea deal, Cody Hoppel had to plead guilty to beating BOTH Dustin and Price. In other words, no one would ever have gotten in trouble for beating up Dustin, had the beating of Price not been caught by that security camera. The sheriff himself had originally tried to cover it up and sweep it under the rug.

  • Scumbags

  • thugs in uniform!

  • Jesus Christ, notice how there are is a big wet spot near his head after they beat the shit out of this guy? Wasn’t there when he laid down.

  • Ladies and gentleman, those are the well trained, very brave American cops, beating up a guy that´s already cuffed, fucking pussies, it takes FIVE assholes with a badge to arrrest an unarmed, surrendered man. JUSTICE for God´s sake!!!!! Shame on them.

  • The police are going to wish cameras never existed.

  • This got to stop N-O-W !!!!!!!

  • This is disheartening. You would think they would act much better, especially knowing that almost everyone with a cell phone has a video camera. This sort of thing keeps repeating itself. It is no wonder that some innocent people run. Perhaps they are trying to avoid outcomes like this.

  • Death penalty for those cops! Make a example of them!

  • Those cocksuckers should spend 20 yrs in prison.

  • hope these assholes were fired.

  • PIGS ARE POWER AND CONTROL FREAKS. SAD PEOPLE!!!!!

  • all the While your at Work as PARENTS they are in Your Schools Looking REAL GOOD for your Kids DESENSITIZING them to Their Presence under a ILLUSION. Telling your KIDS it is OK TO RAT on MOM and DAD. Hitler used the Same methods.

  • Violence is a result of ignorance. These people have no empathy, they do not have a clear concise understanding of this world and how it works. Which then leads to confusion creating an unsettling feeling of misguidance that turns into anger then abuse.

  • What about charges of assault, attempted murder (kicks to the head can kill), and perjury for lying on a police report? Or, did the prosecution conveniently forget? Trust the system. BAH!

  • Tomthumb

    Yea. He was running. He stopped, put his hands up and these power high cops beat him like a dog. Hell a dog doesn’t even deserve a beating like that let alone a human being.
    Fucking cops like this were the little piss ants who got picked on in grade school. Now they’re taking out their mental instability on everyone they deal with that they can say “resisted” or any damn thing they make up to put in their report. Filming this shot is the only way to bring to to the public eye. Even then there are still those who refuse to believe there’s a problem. SMFH

    • Ed Clark

      they were piss ants who got picked on in grade school? you’re a fucking idiot.

  • BlueSunday

    In the immortal words of Chris Rock: “Everybody knows that if the police have to come and get you, they’re bringing an ass-kicking with them.”

  • Rick Carufel

    That’s what the pigs call resisting arrest. They scream it constantly during the beating so they can tell the lie in court. Same thing they do with their murders. They start screaming drop the gun, when there isn’t one until one of the cops pops a cap and then they all fire. It’s terrorist and fascism. Before the bodies of their victims are cold they are demonizing them in the media as though a criminal record justifies their murders. The biggest criminal problem we have in America are the police, the politicians and the corporations.