Palm Beach, Florida – Dashcam footage recently surfaced from a 2013 arrest that shows police attacking a handcuffed man. For a moment, karma set in and one of the officers ended up accidentally spraying two of the other cops with pepper spray. According to the video, Shawn Hawkins was not provoking the officers in any physical way when the beating began.
According to police, Hawkins was pulled over for questioning over an alleged domestic dispute.
In the video, multiple officers can be seen attacking Hawkins until one of the officers takes out his pepper spray and shoots everyone in their face. Hawkin’s then gets a short break from his beating, and attempted to comply with the officer who had just sprayed everyone, but was then assaulted again by the officer.
According to the arrest report, Hawkins was also shot with a taser for “not complying with orders.”
After the arrest, Hawkins was charged with resisting arrest and battery of a law enforcement officer.
Hawkins is lucky he was not killed as one of the cops involved was Deputy Ernest Cantu who has been involved in the death of three other suspects in the past, most recently in April, when he shot and killed a burglary suspect during an investigation.
A video of the incident can be seen below:
This type of cop on cop violence actually happens fairly regularly. As we reported last year, an Iowa City police officer shot himself and another officer while they were cleaning their firearms.
The incident reportedly happened on Monday, November 10, 2014 around 8:30 p.m. Two ambulances were immediately called to the scene, and the officers were taken to nearby hospitals where they were later treated and released.
Also last year, Cpl. Richard Schroeter was arrested on reckless endangerment charges, relating to a September 30th incident where he shot and killed 26-year-old police officer David Kedra.
Prosecutors requested a grand jury to press multiple charges, including homicide, involuntary manslaughter, and reckless endangerment. However, on January 7th, the grand jury decided to charge Schroeter with reckless endangerment, but not involuntary manslaughter or homicide which would carry a steeper sentence.
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