Alleged Police Assault Caught on Camera in Bessemer

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BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) — An alleged police assault was caught on camera. The dramatic video is now the subject of a lawsuit. 

Joseph Robinson tells his attorney, LaShunta Robinson, he was traveling home from school at Lawson State Community College. He was pulled over by Bessemer Police, that’s when Robinson began recording from his phone. His attorney, tells CBS 42, police did not ask who he was or Proof of Ownership of the car. Robinson says the officer demanded him to get out of the car. He’s seen asking the officer why. The officer told him he was swerving.

Robinson’s Attorney, LaShunta Boler, says all of his civil rights were violated.

“The video visibly shows the officer with his hands around his neck. He was mazed, he was injured. He asked to get treatment from the hospital and he was denied,” says Boler. 

Bessemer Police Chief Mike Roper said that he was aware of the video and that the investigation has been turned over to Internal Affairs.

Robinson was charged with improper lane change and failure to use a signal.
 

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