Riviera Beach, FL — Isiah James is a combat veteran who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. During his deployment, James took fire and was hit with a blast from an IED, which left him medically discharged and permanently disabled.
Because of his disability, James was issued a handicap hanging tag from the state since he has trouble walking long distances. However, James’ disability was not an issue with Officer G. Wilson of the Riviera Beach police department.
Upon pulling into a Walgreen’s parking lot, James was confronted by this officer who was on a mission to harass. In a move that he’ll likely regret, as this video will soon go viral, officer Wilson confronted James and became not only verbally abusive but physically too.
Luckily for James, he recorded the assault.
“Officer, I’m a damned disabled veteran,” James explains to Wilson, who thinks he’s captured some criminal mastermind. However, James is squeaky clean.
While trying to tell Wilson that he is disabled, and his handicap tag is legitimate, Wilson slaps the phone out of his hand subsequently cracking the screen.
After being physically assaulted by Wilson, James proceeds to unleash a verbal lashing fit for its recipient. The resultant video is as infuriating as it is fabulous that James stood his ground and refused to be bullied by this cop who had nothing better to do.
Sadly, the treatment James received is anything but an isolated incident. Veterans are often the targets of police officer aggression.
In March, we reported on the story of Anthony Hill, 27, who was gunned down by a police officer during a psychotic breakdown. Hill was completely naked and unarmed when he was killed.
In February, a Louisiana cop was indicted after surveillance video showed him gun down an unarmed veteran outside of a West Monroe gas station.
The list goes on.