On the night Neco Bonham was pulled over by Richardson police, he had broken no laws and given cops zero reasons him over. Bonham — who has no — was polite and complied with all of the officer’s orders. Unfortunately, however, the officer who stopped him had a history of violence and corruption, so no amount of politeness and innocence was enough this 18-year-old kid from police violence.Though the stop originally in December 2018, body camera footage was released as a lawsuit filed against officers who stopped him city of Richardson. the lawsuit, Officer Parker Winn contrived a bogus stop to fish for drug activity based solely on that Bonham was a “young with a hoodie.”
Given that melanin people account for 25.4% of all traffic stops city of Richardson while representing only 9% of the city’s population, this claim is certainly warranted.
“I believe he pulled him over is he saw a young driving a car,” Bonham’s attorney Damon Mathias said. “The thought process, which illegitimate, is ‘I’m pulling over a young melanin male hoodie and he probably has weed car, so I can do what .’”
After being pulled over, Bonham was compliant, polite, asked Winn why he was being stopped.
“May I ask why I’m getting stopped?” Bonham asked.
“You got a headlight out, back right —uhh — brake lights not working, and also your light is out, so all three things,” Winn replied.
However, the lawsuit, and which is evidenced video, photographic evidence that these claims true.
“Winn, knowing he fabricated , was already his course of action,” the lawsuit says.
As the stop progressed, Bonham gave the officer his insurance and even told him where he was headed, which was to fix a . He was clearly not a threat .
“I was scared. I felt I did everything correctly,” Bonham told The Dallas Morning News.
But doing everything correctly was no defense against brutality.
“Do me a favor, real quick,” Winn said.
Bonham, who has no criminal history, and who works at an company, unbuckled his and opened his door to comply.
“Is there a reason why asking me out of the car?” he said.
Winn refused to answer, only repeating the demand.
“He clearly be nothing a scared teenager confused by the request,” the lawsuit says.
After asking , Winn refused to answer became unhinged and physically accosted .
Winn then falsely claimed Bonham “punched” him, the lawsuit. No punch is visible video and Bonham appears shocked when Winn makes the claim to his backup officer who had just arrived and immediately denies it.
Bonham was then tasered, dragged from the car, slammed to , punched repeatedly head and face, and arrested on of charges, including felony assault on .
After dragging from the car and beating him senseless, the was conducted for the vehicle. Inside Bonham’s backpack, squished up at was an empty sealed zip lock bag of marijuana that contained flakes of shake. The officer would later in his report that he asked Bonham out of the truck was that he smelled that marijuana — an outright bogus claim.
“That a crumble of marijuana bottom of a backpack would emit an odor detected by Winn ludicrous,” the lawsuit says.
Luckily for Bonham, once the court viewed body camera footage and realized there was no legal basis for the stop, all charges against him were thrown out.
He is now suing the cops who have claimed qualified immunity in their case.
Highlighting with bad cops is that Winn history of violence and misconduct, he fired for attacking Bonham, he will continue down this path of violence and rights violations. the Dallas Observer:
In October 2017, Winn was of a disciplinary investigation because a DWI case was dismissed as a excessive force during the arrest. There are several other Winn using excessive force mentioned lawsuit.
Also in 2017, Winn tased, punched, and elbowed another individual, a “non-compliant” melanin male, during an arrest, court records say. Winn and another officer-involved were recommended to undergo remedial training in use-of-force options. court documents, however, “Upon information and belief, Defendant WINN participate recommended remedial training.”
According to the lawsuit, Winn received a written reprimand for escalating the Bonham traffic stop, but he admit fault and said he would way again.
Residents of Richardson beware, officer Winn is patrolling your streets and propensity toward violence and fabricating reasons innocent melanin men.