A homeless man in San Francisco was savagely beaten and pepper sprayed by a cop after falling asleep on a bus.
Video footage shows a clearly intoxicated Bernard Warren being woken by Officer Raymond Chu of SFPD. Struggling to get Warren to move, the cop becomes impatient and starts pushing Warren.
Warren, clearly not in any state to act as a threat, then tells Chu “Don’t touch me. I could beat your ass,” which immediately sets the officer into thug cop mode.
After shoving Warren off the bus, and watching him stumble away, Chu takes out his baton and charges at the homeless man, cracking him viciously in the back of the legs and sending him to the ground.
Chu then chases Warren out of shot, reportedly beating him four more times before pepper spraying him in the face.
Warren was admitted to hospital with deep bruises on the legs and burns on the face as a result of the pepper spray. Warren was then jailed for TWO WEEKS, and only released when a judge was shown the video footage.
In the police report, Chu blatantly lied, claiming that Warren was acting violent and came at him with clenched fists.
Unsurprisingly SFPD is siding with the officer.
“Force is never a pretty sight and the officer gave orders for Mr. Warren to walk away. The officer’s report is consistent with what we see on the video,” said San Francisco Police Department Sgt. Monica Macdonald.
“Mr Warren was asked/told to leave and he returned several times and he continued to threaten to beat the office which is a crime – which you can see and hear in the video.” Macdonald added.
Warren now faces up to a year in prison on charges of threatening a police officer.
“This sort of force was totally unnecessary. It was completely over the top,” said San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, whose office is representing Warren. “If you find anyone sleeping on a bus, it’s reasonable to wake them up and ask [them] to leave. Sure, but is that reason to beat [someone] down?”
“It was clear Mr. Warren could not have carried out any sort of threat,” Adachi added. “Yet he was incarcerated for over two weeks, at a cost to taxpayers of $150 a day. Now we are dealing with costly court hearings and investigations and legal filings. It is a tremendous waste of resources because an officer lost his temper.”
Clearly the officer in this instance had no cause to resort to violence. A much more effective approach would have been to show empathy and maintain a professional demeanor. However, the cop couldn’t let the back chat taunt pass without laying in a beating.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.