Black woman beaten by cops for filming arrest of her husband
A Florida woman alleges she was punched and tackled to the ground by two white Jacksonville policemen for filming the arrest of her husband.
According to NewsJax4, Kelli Wilson went to a local convenience store to record the arrest of her husband and retrieve their car when she was assaulted by police officers who demanded she stop recording.
“I was beaten, and then falsely arrested, my phone was stolen, my car was taken,” said Wilson. “It was a traumatic experience. It was definitely an experience you never think you would be going through.”
Although authorities confiscated her phone, surveillance cameras showed the unarmed woman talking to the officers before they charged her, attempting to stop her from recording them.
“He asked for it, he demanded it again, and I gave him the same, ‘Why do you want my phone? What do you need my phone for?’ He told me he would punch me in my face,” Wilson explained. “I eventually got punched and beaten and the sergeant that was on the scene joined in the beating.”
One officer can be seen punching her while the other one holds her arms.
According to the police report, the officers claim Wilson refused to identify herself and was arrested for interfering with the arrest. Yet in the video, she can be seen backing away from the scene.
Police say they punched and kneed her because they believed she was reaching for a weapon after they had her face down on the ground, although no weapon was discovered.
Authorities still have possession of Wilson’s phone, which she believes contains video evidence that will exonerate her.
“She was lucky for that [surveillance] video,” said her attorney, Dexter Van Davis. “Because without it, I don’t think a judge or jury would believe her against three police officers.”