Aren't the police taught to investigate first?
Why did they think it was OK to taser and handcuff someone because they THOUGHT he flipped them off? He did not, but that is not a crime.
When I was in my thirties I dropped my son off at a home school football game. He called me neat the end of the second quarter so I could come and hear him play a trumpet solo with the band at half time.
After that I was returning home in my old car. Two motorcycle officers followed me to about a block from home and then turned on their lights.
As I wwas wondering if i had accidentally done a "rolling stop" and getting out driver's license, registration, and proof of insurance one officer opened the door, grabbed me by the upper arm, and pulled me out of the car. The other officer said, "Listen SISTER! Do exactly what we tell you!
I had to put my hands flat on the hood of my car. I asked him to please take my papers from my hand. He pulled out his gun and aimed it downward toward the street.
The other officer picked up my ID etcetera while his partner patted me down.
Then the one with my papers said to the other, "Look at this."
Suddenly they were apologizing. "We didn't know you were a nurse." "Why are you driving this old car?"
Then, "You have to understand. These Black and Mexican teens drink and use drugs under the bleachers. We thought you were one of them or were dealing drugs. You should be flattered."
(The next day I had a bruised arm from the big fingers and thumb of the officer. Hurt, not flattered.)
I was not a big dangerous looking Black man. I was 5'2" 130 pounds, a chubby short woman.