UPDATE: 9:44 a.m. EDT —
Charges have been dismissed against 15-year-old Immanuel Oloyama the quadruple amputee who was assaulted by a police officer.
According to KOLD , Jonathan Mosher, chief criminal deputy in Pima County, said in a statement late yesterday, “Today, for the first time, our office saw the video from the September 26th, 2019 incident involving Immanuel Oloya. The Public Defender obtained this video and released it to news media, but our office was not given any opportunity to review this video until today. Upon reviewing the video, we have dismissed the charges pertaining to this incident.”
The charges against Olyama’s 16-year-old friend, who recored the video, have not been dropped as of yet.
Disturbing video has surfaced of a Pima County deputy brutally attacking a 15-year-old quadruple amputee in Arizona. The child has no arms and legs and he has been arrested and charged along with his 16-year-old friend who recorded the horrific video.
Local news outlet KOLD reported the incident happened in September (the exact date of the video is not clear) while the 15-year-old was living in a group home. He reportedly got upset with a staff member and knocked over a garbage can. The police were called and an unidentified (social media will surely change that) deputy arrived on the scene. The eight-minute video shows him screaming and cursing at the child and eventually wrestling him to the floor.
See KOLD’s news clip below
Both teenagers were arrested on disorderly conduct charges.
Joel Feinman, the Pima County Public Defender, condemned the officers involved.
“Men with badges should not be acting this way,” he said. “Men and women who do act this way should not have badges and guns.”
Social media has been outraged by the story.
“Man with no arms or legs gets the police called on him for KICKING over a trash can,” one person tweeted.
Another user said, “Is no one off limits? This deputy would have got jumped for this now we just accept it. Cops are literally murdering black citizens in cold blood, they are beating toddlers up, wheelchair bound citizens, aushwitz survivors, punching pregnant women and we are just taking it. Why?”
One comment called for the employee who called the police to lose his or her job.
“Give the details of the worker,” the comment said. “They need to be fired. No more working with teens. Or anyone in need of help. Go work at McDonald’s.”
The video is deeply disturbing and we can only hope the police officer will be held accountable. However, Arizona is known for rewarding its aggressive police. In May of 2018, Robert Johnson was in the lobby of an apartment complex in Mesa and was pummeled by police. However, it was ultimately ruled that the officers involved were justified in the brutal beating that was caught on camera.
With that said, there is still hope for justice. The Phoenix Police Department recently fired an officer who threatened to shoot a Black family over a doll. It took five months for that cop to be terminated, though.