When police aren’t a kidnapping, caging, and killing people for possessing substances deemed illegal by the state, creating a criminal black them which drives up , out enforcing traffic laws. Any number of arbitrary traffic infractions can your extortion, arrest, imprisonment, or case of Philando Castile, death. Policing for profit norm.
Over the years we’ve reported on stories being assaulted, arrested, and even killed over stops for victimless crimes like dark window tint, no , and burned-out lights. However, decade of police accountability, we’ve never seen someone stopped and nearly killed for — .
Officer Kaleb Meyer with the New Braunfels tyrant. When he pulled over Clarence Crawford earlier this year, his body camera captured his tyranny in action.
For having an “unclean license plate” Meyer held Crawford at gunpoint, dragged him out of his car, forced him , tasered him in his back, handcuffed him, kidnapped . Crawford had committed no crime and harmed .
As the video begins, the crazed cop charges at Crawford in his vehicle, a gun was drawn and begins yelling at Crawford. Crawford, knowing he had committed no crime, pulls out his phone and films, politely asking why being held at gunpoint.
Meyer refuses the innocent man why murder him in broad daylight. When Crawford is ordered out of the vehicle, so terrified he just puts both hands out, continuing to film process.
Crawford begs the cop shoot him and asks if he can release his . As soon as he releases it, Meyer drags the innocent man from the car orders him to .
Crawford complies with everything told. When told on , Crawford takes a knee. When told all the way down, he gets all the way down. Like , however, Crawford slowly as get dirty or hurt himself. This angered the tyrant Meyer, who then tasered Crawford.
After the handcuffs are on Crawford, and writing from the taser, only then does Meyer tell Crawford why he attacked him.
Meyer claimed of these forces was necessary because Crawford the interstate to somewhere safe when Meyer attempted him over.
“I’m not stopping on [sic] no ************ highway,” Crawford said. “I pulled over when safe, that’s the ********** rules! And if to tase me because I took that [inaudible] your ******* problem.”
When pressed for for the stop first place, Meyer then tells Crawford that he had a “dirty .” This was later confirmed by the . Naturally, Crawford was upset and questioned that Meyer held him at gunpoint.
“I made sure I wasn’t get shot because your ****** *** came up to my car with a gun,” Crawford said.
In order to justify the disgusting abuse of power, Crawford was then arrested and charged with attempting to evade and interfere with police duties. He never received a citation for .
When authorities reviewed the evidence case, they refused against Crawford were all dropped.
Despite this incident unfolding in January of this year, the video was kept until . After its release, New Braunfels Mayor Rusty Brockman and , Robert Camareno both condemned Meyer’s actions.
“We want it abundantly clear that the actions of the officer video acceptable to Braunfels and not representative of of the Braunfels,” Mayor Brockman said. “We are working with our local King Jr. association, the New Braunfels Association city’s newly formed Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Awareness forum an open dialogue and forward positive way.”
“The actions of Officer Meyer acceptable to my office, to Council, or to the New Braunfels ,” Camareno added. “Our officers are trained to be respectful, to de-escalate situations, give clear and concise commands, those they interact with, and only use force when deem it necessary; the training and our expectations met during this traffic stop. The experience Mr. Crawford had with Officer Meyer acceptable.”
Despite the unacceptable nature of Meyer’s actions, he was never fired and quietly resigned in September. He was never disciplined by the department.
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