Once again a brutal beating of a Black man by police has been captured on a cellphone. This time the incident occurred in Villa Rica, Georgia, a city about 30 miles west of metro Atlanta. In the video, Marcus Gipson Sr. is pulled over by a Georgia State Patrol officer initially for a seatbelt violation. Gipson and his passenger give their personal information as requested and that’s when the trooper discovers Gipson had a suspended license.
It was then that the officer initiated an arrest that was way over the top. Gipson describes the situation in his own words:
“He replied, ‘you’re driving under a suspended license!’ while trying to throw me to the ground.
“He pulled me to the back of the truck and began to hit me, knee me, and kick me, he used his handcuffs and a choke hold as a weapon — I never threatened the officer in anyway nor did I try to escape or flee.
“After about a minute his supervisor arrived, without assessing the situation or giving me warning, he pulled out his taser and fired. I lost consciousness only to regain it with me still being tased and beaten.
“Upon arriving at the jail, the doctor on the shift instructed the officers that they would not book me in without me receiving immediate medical attention. I was transported to the hospital, only to have the officer who had just beaten me moments before, to continually interfere with the nurses taking pictures and documenting my injuries.
“After my X-rays and treatment, I was turned over to the custody of Carroll County Jail.”
The name of the state trooper has not been released. The video has been viewed thousands of times since the arrest on June 19, 2015.