A Florida woman found herself the victim of police brutality on July 15, and was unsure if she would receive justice — until now.
Recently released surveillance video show Kelli Wilson, who is Black, being attacked by two White police officers at a Jacksonville, Florida gas station where she went to film the arrest of her husband.
Wilson was attempting to retrieve the couple’s car and film when one of the officer’s demanded that she hand over her phone. Wilson claims that she was also told that she would be hit in the face if she didn’t hand over her phone, and that’s exactly what happened.
“I was beaten, and then falsely arrested, my phone was stolen, my car was taken. It was a traumatic experience. It was definitely an experience you never think you would be going through,” said Wilson.
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Although police confiscated her phone, video of her arrest was captured by surveillance cameras that showed the unarmed woman talking to the police before they charged, attempting to grab her phone with one officer seen punching her while the other one held her arms.
According to Wilson, one of the policemen demanded she stop filming and she asked him “why?”
“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.”
According to the police report, officers at the scene said Wilson repeatedly refused to identify herself and she was arrested for interfering with the arrest, although in the video she can be seen backing away from the officers. The officers admitted that they kneed and punched her as they made the arrest. The report also states the arresting officers believed she was reaching for a weapon after they had her face down on the ground. No weapon was discovered.
“She was lucky for that video, because without it, I don’t think a judge or jury would believe her against three police officers,” said one of Wilson’s attorney’s, Dexter Van Davis, to News4Jax.com.
“When you look at the video, compare it with the report, you can tell it’s not true, it’s a false report and a false arrest. That’s probably the biggest crime in this case, nothing Ms. Wilson did, but what they did to her,” said Wilson’s other attorney
Watch the video at Raw Story.