Indianapolis, IN — As the echo chamber from the police apologist crowd ramps up their anti-protest propaganda, it is getting harder for them deny the rampant violence carried out against non-violent peaceful protesters since George Floyd's death. No one here is claiming that criminals aren't exploiting these protests for political and personal gain by looting and destroying things. However, all the stories on which TFTP has reported involve unprovoked violence on innocent, peaceful protesters.
When video of Ivoré Westfield and Rachel Harding originally surfaced, police apologists claimed that the two young women must have been criminals to be treated so savagely. However, they were not, and now this week, the cops who groped and beat them have been indicted.
Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears announced Wednesday that a grand jury returned indictments against two Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers, officer Johnathan Horlock, a five-year veteran; and officer Nathanial Schauwecker, an eight-year veteran.
Horlock was indicted on three counts of battery, official misconduct, perjury and obstruction. Schauwecker is accused of four counts of battery and two counts of official misconduct, according to the Indy Star.
“I hold great respect for our criminal justice system and have faith that this process will deliver a just outcome," said IMPD Chief Randal Taylor in a statement. The officers will remain on administrative duty while the internal investigation continues, Taylor said, and he intends to "address our administrative review of the officer conduct at the conclusion of the ongoing criminal prosecution.”
As TFTP previously reported, the two women who were abused in that video have filed a lawsuit.
The federal lawsuit filed in June in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is on behalf of Westfield and Harding who were savagely attacked after being trapped by cops, unable to go home, and then beaten for violating curfew.
It is important to point out that many of the arrests that have taken place during these protests involved violations of unconstitutional curfews which have been enforced across the nation. When citizens refuse to be silenced and do not go home when told they have to, police begin a process known as kettling.
For those who may be unaware, kettling is a police tactic for controlling large crowds during demonstrations or protests. It involves the formation of large cordons of police officers who then move to contain a crowd within a limited area. Protesters are left only one choice of exit controlled by the police – or are completely prevented from leaving — with the effect of denying the protesters access to food, water and toilet facilities for a time period determined by the police forces.
Essentially, people who stay out past the curfew are being kettled by cops who do not allow them to leave and then are tear gassed, pepper sprayed, beaten with batons, and then arrested.
This tactic is highly controversial because multiple instances have captured cops abusing people who are innocent, including the press, and bystanders who are not even participating in the protests.
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If you think staying out past curfew is somehow wrong, think back to early May when the right wing was doing the same thing to demonstrate against the unconstitutional lockdowns. If you did not think it was wrong then, but you do now, you need to search Duck Duck Go for the term cognitive dissonance.
In the following video, we see Westfield who is about to be taken into custody for being out past curfew. As the cops attempt to take her in, one of them appears to grab her near her breasts, causing her to break away. According to the OP:
From this view you can see the cop grope the woman he's restraining, that's why she breaks away Then of course a half dozen cops beat her for not wanting to be groped
Sure enough, as Westfield gets free, a half dozen cops surround her and begin pummeling her with their batons, before slamming her into the concrete and jumping on top of her. For good measure, cops off camera shoot her with pepper balls.
When a bystander — another woman who is also now part of the lawsuit, identified as Harding — attempts to tell them to calm down, she is shoved to the ground as well as another half-dozen cops pile on top of her.
According to the lawsuit, as reported by the Indy Star, the women are seeking:
- Actual and compensatory damages
- Punitive damages in an amount sufficient to deter Defendants from again engaging in the conduct described herein;
- Reasonable attorney's fees
- Litigation costs and expenses
Twitter user Bob Holley tweeted the video out with the following caption, which sums up the situation quite accurately.
"If this doesn’t make you want to just scream there is something dead in your soul."
We agree. The time is now to start talking about the solutions that can bring about the radical change needed in American law enforcement.