On today’s episode of “Hold My Beer and Watch This!”, a Kentucky male on his way home from work last week saw several police cars with lights flashing surround a vehicle in a McDonald’s car park. As he approached the scene, he parked his vehicle about 50 feet away, pulled out his phone, and decided to movie whatever happened next.
Joe Bennett told Spectrum News 1 in Louisville he right away thought about videos he had actually seen this year from around the nation in which cops actions ended badly. In the Facebook livestream, which was also linked to Twitter, Bennett can be heard saying he was “doing [his] due diligence as a resident” by documenting the arrest.
A minimum of one of the suspects in the surrounded vehicle was black.
” I just wanted to observe, so I attempted to give them range,” he stated, including at one point: This may be the most dull video ever.” “I’m attempting to stay away so I don’t get included,” he reiterated. “I ain’t attempting to piss off the authorities, or nothin’, I’m simply watchin’.
About 2 minutes after Bennett started filming, the video got “un-boring” in a hurry.
When the officers realized they were being recorded, 2 approached Bennett; posthaste, as it were. When among the officers asked to see his ID, Bennett declined to provide it (bad idea). “You’re shooting a criminal offense scene examination … and you’re included,” the police described.
Joe Bennett stopped to film Jeffersontown Cops as they surrounded a vehicle. He stated he was doing his “due diligence as a citizen.”
Then among the officers walked across the car park and punched him. pic.twitter.com/xJTyJSkOd9
— Adam K. Raymond (@adamkraymond) November 27, 2020
When Bennett refused to present his ID a second time (not an excellent concept at all), the officer quickly tried to get his phone. As he was attempting to require Bennett to the ground, the officer apparently struck Bennett. Among the two officers then grabbed his phone.
Live stream over. Thanks for playing.
Bennett was issued a citation for “enormous and resisting arrest,” which explained the struck as an “empty strike”– a claim Bennett refutes, saying he was struck with a “strong left hook” and needed to be had a look at by EMTs on the scene and by a physician, a day later on.
HotAir’s Jazz Shaw tweeted that while he supports the cops, they “can’t walk around punching people even if they’re shooting you when you’re out on the public streets doing your task.”
Dear Police: You know I support you, but you can’t walk around punching people even if they’re recording you when you’re out on the general public streets doing your job. https://t.co/ZjsWrX2wzh
— Jazz Shaw (@JazzShaw) November 28, 2020
According to TMZ, the citation reads:
Officers were investigating a case where deceitful checks were being cashed at a regional bank. Officers were informed that there was a gray Jeep involved. Officers were told that the gray Jeep was picking up transgressors after they attempted to cash the fraudulent check. This officer was notified that the above subject [Joe Bennett] at which time was basing on the side of his vehicle was the motorist of the gray Jeep.
Officer approached the subject and asked him for identification. Officer delivered one empty strike to the subject and took the subject to the ground.
Lt. Col. Steve Schmidt of the Jeffersontown Police Department told Spectrum 1 that a person of the detained suspects pointed Bennett out– while he raided his Jeep and recorded from across the parking area– as the driver involved in the alleged crime. Schmidt later said Bennett was not a suspect in the supposed check fraud plan.
When asked if the explanation made him feel much better, Bennett stated:
” No, it does not.
Was it an excellent idea for Bennett to stop and film the event? Most likely not, however given that at least one of the suspects was black, let alone the insaneness of 2020, I get it.
Was it an excellent idea for Bennett to decline to offer his ID when asked to do so?
Should the cop have gotten physical with Bennett?
This Twitter user, who declared to be a civil liberties lawyer, not only stated no; he wishes to take Bennett’s “simple cash” case and buy a second home with his share of the award.
I’m a civil rights defense attorney. I need a 2nd house.
— j. galt (@Astonvillausa) November 27, 2020
I’m not a civil rights lawyer and I’ve never played one on TELEVISION, however from what I might see, the “strong left hook” was questionable– considered that it actually took place. You?