Police brutality: Black man pleads with cops not to brutalize mentally ill Black woman

Marcus Coleman, 26, was faced with an echoing of his ancestral slave past and got a dose of police brutality. Coleman heard the cries of his Black female friend who was in a mentally agitated state and when he saw what was happening, he began to protest. The woman was wrapped in a blanket and carrying an infant in the parking lot of a Motel 6 when police were called to respond.

Marcus Coleman tasered (Photo Source: YouTube Screenshot)
Marcus Coleman tasered (Photo Source: YouTube Screenshot)

The responding officers roughly assaulted the woman as she cried out in pain and screamed for help, as officers treated her like a criminal instead of an unarmed mentally ill person in need of help. Coleman pleaded with the officers to be less aggressive with the mentally ill woman and was tasered for his efforts. The scene was reminiscent of a defenseless Black slave pleading with his White slave masters not to whip or rape his woman, and then ends up being punished for coming to her defense.

The video has gone viral since it was uploaded to Twitter this week and has been re-tweeted over 14,369 times.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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