“I’m not a cop you can mess with!”
Prattville, AL — A 17-year-old high school student was having fun and talking to a girl at a football game Friday when all of the sudden a ski-masked Phenix City Police Officer comes from behind and assaults him.
Police officers were near the students because they were trying to move them back from the railing. Cameron Rader, the boy who was assaulted in the video says he was no where near the railing, and we can clearly see in the video that he was not near the railing before the assault.
“This cop in front of me is just staring me and my friends down for absolutely no reason and saying things like, ‘I’m not a cop you can mess with,’ and I just started laughing, because it was crazy,” Rader said. “When I laughed, he said, ‘Oh, you think this is funny? Do you see me laughing?’ I told him no sir.”
According to the Montgomery Advertiser, Rader said the brief confrontation ended at that point and he turned to begin talking with a female student behind him. A few seconds later, he said the officer accused him of pushing him.
The entire incident was captured on video by one of the students watching the game.
Rader, a 17-year-old senior at PHS, said that after the officer claimed that he had pushed him Rader denied touching the officer. That’s when the ski-masked man shoved him backward into a walkway.
We can then see on the video that the officer sprayed the completely non-violent teen right in the eyes with pepper spray.
“I was telling him to get his hands off me, to stop touching me, and then I asked what I did,” Rader told the Montgomery Advertiser. “You can see that on the video. I have my hands by my side. I’m being compliant and he keeps pushing me. That’s when he maces me. I couldn’t breathe. It was in my throat and nose and the fumes were burning my eyes. And it hurt for a long time.”
Rader was then dragged out of the game into the parking lot where the police officer exclaimed to the other officers that Rader “nudged him,” according to Rader.
After not being able to charge the teen with anything, Rader was released to the principal and allowed to leave the game.
Rader’s parents are both lawyers, so we can probably count on the tax payers of Prattville, Alabama taking the hit when this officer’s abusive negligence is accounted for.
Below is the video of the assault.