The video starts with a shirtless young man already restrained by a police officer. An onlooker films the incident as it unfolds and makes it clear that he has no intention of turning off the camera as the man didn't do anything to break the law. The man, who is obviously distraught, pleas for his innocence before being thrown violently to the ground. The other officers go for the camera as the young man lay on the ground underneath the policeman's foot and they realize that the entire incident, including the young man's blood on the ground, has been filmed. Witnesses say the officer grabbed him by the throat and smashed his head on the pavement.
This is an obvious abuse of authority and blatant misconduct. The amount of officers involved and the force used to restrain this man is visibly unnecessary. The man's friend took down the name of the offending officer as another woman asks, rightly so: "How can we trust the police force when that's the **** they do in front of hundreds of people?"
"Mardi Gras was born out of police brutality 35 years ago and it's ironic that that night was celebration how far we've come as a community working together with other parts of the community. I now kind of wonder, how far have we really come?" Peter Urmson, Mardi Gras co-chair, told The Guardian.