This terrifying video was captured by 18-year-old Courtney Griffith in January 2015 when she was pulled over for the light on her license plate being out.
Concerned by the officer’s aggressive behavior, she propped her cell phone on the dashboard to record the incident.
The officers began by telling the teenagers that the vehicle smelled like marijuana and demanded that the passengers step out of the vehicle. Courtney responds that there is no marijuana in the car because she does not allow it.
Brandon, being a minor, repeatedly requested that his parents be present.
Griffith asks if she is being detained, and the officers reply that she is. At this point, an officer moves the front passenger seat forward and instructs the teens to keep their hands visible at all times, after asking another officer to “go cover the driver.”
An officer is heard grunting an order at Brandon and his eyes widen as he asks Griffith to make sure she is recording. As he is speaking, he is shot in the eyes with pepper spray.
“I’m seventeen years old, stop!” he cries out as the pepper spray burns his eyes. He states that he is calling his mother and repeats that he is only a minor as the officers threaten to tase him.
Moments later he is hit with another round of pepper spray and tased. As he cries out in pain, the officers continue to demand that he get out of the vehicle.
“Get out, or you’re going to get it again!” the officer states.
“Alright,” Brandon complies. As he begins to step out of the vehicle, he’s shot with another volt of electricity from the officer’s taser, seemingly for no reason at all.
At the end of the video, you can see an officer looking around the vehicle with a flashlight and then shutting off the camera.
Griffith told The Free Thought Project that this was the Sargent she had requested to come to the scene. She believes he is the one who attempted to delete the footage.
“They arrested me, never Mirandized me or Brandon, and they sent me off with a summons. When I went back to my car, my phone had been brought off the dashboard and was on the driver’s seat. I asked the cops who deleted the video, after looking for it in my folder, and they all started laughing. It was sickening. I later found it in my recently deleted folder,” Griffith told The Free Thought Project.
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