The city will not release the body cam footage of an innocent man being fatally beaten for fear that it would spark riots.
As is often documented, complete innocence is no shield against police brutality. Too often, police state defenders say, "If you don't want to die at the hands of the police, don't violate the law." Not only is the basis of this argument erroneous, since violating the law is not a justification for death, but these individuals are also disregarding the instances in which completely innocent people have been victimised by police brutality. Joseph Pettaway was among these innocent individuals. On the evening of July 7, 2018, Pettaway died when Montgomery Police officer Nicholas Barber unleashed his K-9 on the innocent man and forced him to maul him for more than two minutes. Pettaway would die from his wounds. Joseph's sister, Yvonne Pettaway-Frazier, told the Montgomery Advertiser, "I witnessed it with my own eyes." His whole body was on the ground that morning. Since then, the family has launched a lawsuit to seek justice. The Pettaway family has campaig