Deming, NM — A video uploaded to Facebook this week shows what it looks like to attempt to pay a fine with quarters — in a police state.
The video, uploaded by the teen's father, Kevin Weaver, shows police swarm the young man after his form of payment for a fine was not accepted because it was in quarters. Whether or not the teen was attempting to make a point by using quarters, or that was all he had, is unknown. However, it is entirely safe to assume that since he was a teenager, the quarters were all he had.
As the video begins, it is unclear what lead up to the Deming police officers swarming the teen. However, what happens next is perfectly clear. Officers, apparently upset with the teen for attempting to pay a fine in quarters, demanded that he take his hand out of his pocket. But, before he could comply, he was assaulted.
The scene quickly turned chaotic with multiple cops bringing the teen down to the ground. Not wanting to be hurt by police, the teen appears to resist to protect himself.
Eventually, police get him face down on the ground and in handcuffs as an officer kneels on his head. The boy's mother can be seen in the video screaming out in sheer horror as police attack her son.
When the mother asks why this is happening, one of the cops replies, "If the judge doesn't want to accept them (quarters)...they told him, 'roll them.'"
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Apparently, this judge has either never heard of, or is choosing to ignore U.S. Code 31.5103, which states, "United States coins and currency (including Federal reserve notes and circulating notes of Federal reserve banks and national banks) are legal tender for all debts, public charges, taxes, and dues."
Sadly, there are many supporters of the attack in the comments on the Facebook post. The majority of the comments say that had Weaver's son simply obeyed everything the cops were telling him, then none of this would've happened.
However, that is simply not true. The officers gave him almost no time to take his hand out of his pocket before attacking him. Also, what right did officer's have to attack a young man for having his hand in his pocket in the first place?
The teen's fate is unclear as of now. However, he was arrested and taken away from the scene in a police cruiser.
The Free Thought Project reached out to the Deming Police department for any information about this incident but we have received no response thus far.
Below are the two videos of the incident.