Body Camera Footage Shows Louisiana Trooper Beating Man with a Flashlight Over a Traffic Violation
Body camera footage show a Louisiana state trooper beating a black motorist with a flashlight over and over again, all over a traffic stop for “improper lane usage.” The video was kept secret for years.
It’s the second recent violent police encounter in Louisiana in which footage was kept concealed but was subsequently acquired and exposed by the Associated Press.
In this incident, Aaron Larry Bowman was pulled over by state troopers in May 2019 in the city of Monroe. The footage shows State Trooper Jacob Brown arriving on the scene, striding over to Bowman, who is already out of his car and on the pavement, and immediately beating him 18 times with a flashlight as Bowman screams that he’s not resisting. Bowman was left with a broken jaw, broken wrist, three broken ribs, and head gash that required staples to close.
According to the Associated Press, Brown defended the beating as “pain compliance.” Brown has since resigned from the force, and he faces charges of second-degree battery and malfeasance for the incident. The A.P. also notes that Brown has logged 23 use-of-force incidents since 2015. He faces additional charges in two other excessive force cases and apparently bragged about his violent behavior with other troopers.
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