This week, settled with Crawley and victim of Smith’s, Jabari Boykins, a 14-year-old with autism. The taxpayers of Syracuse forced to $200,000 per victim. Syracuse.com, the Common Council will vote on both settlements at its next meeting on Monday, Nov. 23. settlement documents, the city’s lawyer denies the allegations in each lawsuit.
Despite both incidents being captured on video showing clear violations, officer Smith remains gainfully employed as a cop.
The first incident happened in July of 2016. Crawley had not committed and had harmed when two officers from the Syracuse went out of their cross , assault, and kidnap him. Smith was aggressive cop.
As reported at the time, the incident happened as Crawley was out on the streets holding accountable by filming them. As Crawley is filming two officers arrest a motorist, he says, “see what’s with these boys, they’re doing everything they’re be doing.”
Crawley then zooms in. “Look at the Uncle Tom,” he said. “Yeah, Uncle Tom. Mmmhmm.”
As he zooms out, Crawley films one officer frisking when threatened by Smith.
“Hey! Say one word, your ass to jail, .”
Crawley replied, “I didn’t hear you. Say it again, officer. I’m sorry, I didn’t hear you.”
Asking the officer to repeat himself apparently flipped a switch inside this cop and he went into rampage mode.
“Don’t f**king move, you understand me? Don’t you f**king move. I’m gonna f**k you up!” Smith yells.
Since Crawley live-streamed, the video, police were unable to delete it. then posted to the Black Lives Matter Syracuse Facebook page where it quickly went viral.
According to Syracuse.com, Crawley is an outspoken anti-violence advocate community.
Herve Comeau, a spokesman for the Onondaga County Justice Center, helped a peaceful protest after Crawley’s arrest and made an astute observation about race during the protest.
“Though , the mayor, have suggested that hiring black would solve , not,” Comeau said.
Comeau then went on how of the officer’s skin is irrelevant as long as hide behind the badge. “The problem is police culture,” he said. “The problem lack of accountability. is that violent can do violence against black bodies without consequence.”
After assaulted and arrested, Smith charged Crawley with obstructing governmental administration (interfering with police work) and . However, those charges were all later dropped.
The other taxpayer-funded settlement be|are} going to Boykins, who had his arm broken by Smith in 2017 when he was a freshman in high school. That arrest was also captured on video as Smith is seen forcefully smashing into . Smith's report, and what was seen on the video contradicted . However, as Syracuse.com reports:
DA Fitzpatrick cleared Smith of wrongdoing after the Citizen Review Board ruled the officer used excessive force and referred the case to the DA’s office.
The superintendent later removed Smith from , he formally disciplined. That move prompted a backlash from the police union, which suggested pulling all out of city schools.
Smith of another lawsuit stemming from in 2019 accused of using excessive force.
Below perfect example of why a growing divide between the police policed. Until cops start protecting American’s rights violating them, this divide will expand taxpayers will suffer.
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