San Francisco, CA — On the weekend June 27, in San Francisco, thousands of people took to the streets to take part in the 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than 20 stages and venues at the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade. San Francisco’s celebration is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation.
During the event, just after the “Dyke March,” police and protesters clashed outside the old Lexington Club in the Mission District.
24-year-old Tony Nguyen happened to be walking out of a pizza joint when he saw this “clash.” Nguyen witnessed multiple officers on top of a young woman who was screaming in pain as officers attempted to restrain her.
“I said, ‘Hey, you’re using excessive force. It’s really unnecessary,'” Nguyen said.
Immediately after pointing out the excessive force to the cops, Nguyen was then met with his own serving of SFPD excessive force. The incident, which was captured on video, shows an aggressive officer grab Nguyen out of the blue and attempt to slam him into the patrol vehicle. He’s then jumped by multiple other officers who slam him to the ground.
He had done nothing illegal.
“He tried to slam me down on to the police car. I seen a bunch of the cops joining up, trying to take me down to the ground. The whole time, I’m telling them, I’m not resisting arrest. Like, I’m willing to comply like anything you want me to do you know,” explained Nguyen to ABC 7 News.
After being assaulted, kidnapped and locked in a cage for asking police to take it easy on a young woman, Nguyen asked the police why he was arrested.
“Why am I being arrested? What am I being charged with? And he told me yeah, I have no rights,” Nguyen said.
The video clearly shows that Nguyen was no threat to the officers, yet he was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.
“I didn’t lay a finger on him,” Nguyen said.
Nguyen’s Attorney, Kate Chatfield agrees and says that the video speaks for itself. “He came out and saw a woman being hurt,” Chatfield said, “and he acted best he could in a non-violent way as best he could to address this.”
After reviewing the case and realizing that there was no possible way to convict Nguyen of a crime, the prosecutors dropped the charges against him. However, and rightfully so, Nguyen is pursuing his complaint of excessive force against the San Francisco police department.
There was no investigation into the officers who attacked Nguyen, and they are currently out “protecting and serving” the citizens of San Francisco in full capacity.