On today’s episode of “Hold My Beer and Watch This!”, a Kentucky male on his way house from work recently saw numerous police vehicles with lights flashing surround a lorry in a McDonald’s parking lot. As he approached the scene, he parked his cars and truck about 50 feet away, pulled out his phone, and decided to movie whatever took place next.
Joe Bennett informed Spectrum News 1 in Louisville he instantly considered videos he had actually seen this year from around the nation in which police actions ended badly. In the Facebook livestream, which was also linked to Twitter, Bennett can be heard stating he was “doing [his] due diligence as a citizen” by recording the arrest.
A minimum of one of the suspects in the surrounded automobile was black.
” I just wished to observe, so I tried to give them range,” he said, including at one point: This may be the most dull video ever.” “I’m trying to keep away so I don’t get involved,” he restated. “I ain’t trying to piss off the police, or nothin’, I’m simply watchin’.
About two minutes after Bennett started filming, the video got “un-boring” in a hurry.
When the officers understood they were being filmed, two approached Bennett; posthaste, as it were. When among the officers asked to see his ID, Bennett refused to provide it (bad concept). “You’re recording a crime scene investigation … and you’re involved,” the police officer explained.
Joe Bennett stopped to movie Jeffersontown Police as they surrounded a vehicle. He said he was doing his “due diligence as a person.”
Then among the officers strolled throughout the parking lot and punched him. pic.twitter.com/xJTyJSkOd9
— Adam K. Raymond (@adamkraymond) November 27, 2020
When Bennett declined to present his ID a 2nd time (not a good idea at all), the officer quickly attempted to get his phone.
Live stream over. Thanks for playing.
Bennett was provided a citation for “menacing and withstanding arrest,” which described the struck as an “empty strike”– a claim Bennett refutes, saying he was struck with a “strong left hook” and had to be taken a look at by EMTs on the scene and by a physician, a day later.
HotAir’s Jazz Shaw tweeted that while he supports the cops, they “can’t walk around punching people even if they’re shooting you when you’re out on the general public streets doing your task.”
Dear Cops: You understand I support you, however you can’t go around punching people even if they’re filming you when you’re out on the public streets doing your task. https://t.co/ZjsWrX2wzh
— Jazz Shaw (@JazzShaw) November 28, 2020
According to TMZ, the citation checks out:
Officers were examining a case where deceitful checks were being cashed at a regional bank. Officers were informed that there was a gray Jeep included. Officers were told that the gray Jeep was getting transgressors after they tried to cash the fraudulent check. This officer was informed that the above topic [Joe Bennett] at which time was basing on the side of his automobile was the driver of the gray Jeep.
Officer approached the subject and asked him for identification. Officer provided one empty strike to the subject and took the subject to the ground.
Lt. Col. Steve Schmidt of the Jeffersontown Cops Department told Spectrum 1 that one of the detained suspects pointed Bennett out– while he raided his Jeep and shot from across the parking lot– as the chauffeur involved in the supposed crime. Schmidt later stated Bennett was not a suspect in the supposed check scams plan.
When asked if the description made him feel better, Bennett said:
” No, it does not. [Doing] correct police work, they ought to have approached me gently. I wasn’t going anywhere, I wasn’t in my car, I wasn’t gon na leave. They certainly should not have hit me first and asked concerns later.”
Was it an excellent idea for Bennett to stop and film the incident? Especially from simply 50 feet away? Most likely not, however considered that at least one of the suspects was black, not to mention the craziness of 2020, I get it. Would I have done it? No.
Was it a good concept for Bennett to decline to provide his ID when asked to do so? Was it a great concept to resist? Is it ever a great concept to refuse an order from a policeman? Is it ever an excellent concept to resist?
Should the cop have gotten physical with Bennett?
This Twitter user, who declared to be a civil rights attorney, not just said no; he wants to take Bennett’s “simple cash” case and buy a 2nd house with his share of the award.
I’m a civil liberties defense attorney. Put me in touch with this man. I need a second home. This is easy cash. The person on the? I hope his home is entitled correctly.
— j. galt (@Astonvillausa) November 27, 2020
I’m not a civil liberties lawyer and I have actually never ever played one on TV, however from what I might see, the “solid left hook” was doubtful– considered that it in fact occurred. You?