Newly-obtained police bodycam footage shows a Louisiana state trooper pummeling a black motorist 18 times with his flashlight following a 2019 traffic stop that has since come under scrutiny by the feds.
Aaron Larry Bowman, 46, was left with several broken bones and a gash to his head as a result of the May 2019 beating from deputies, who forced him from his car and onto the ground after stopping him near his home in Monroe, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.
“I’m not resisting! I’m not resisting!” Bowman can be heard screaming between blows in shocking video obtained by the AP.
The footage allegedly shows Jacob Brown, a 31-year-old white trooper, unleashing the attack. Brown resigned from the department last March.
He is under federal investigation, has been hit with state charges over the beating and was found by state police to have “engaged in excessive and unjustifiable actions.”
Brown can be seen on video whaling Bowman with an 8-inch aluminum flashlight reinforced with a pointed end to shatter car glass.
“Give me your f—— hands!” the trooper shouted. “I ain’t messing with you.”
Bowman tried to explain that he was a dialysis patient, had done nothing wrong and wasn’t resisting, saying, “I’m not fighting you, you’re fighting me.”
Brown responded with: “Shut the f—k up!” and “You ain’t listening.”
From the ground, Bowman can later can be heard moaning. “I’m bleeding!”
“They hit me in the head with a flashlight!”
In a statement to the AP, state police said Brown had failed to report the use of force to his supervisors and “intentionally mislabeled” his body-camera video.
After the encounter, Brown claimed Bowman had struck a deputy. The trooper said he used force for “pain compliance” to the purpose of handcuffing the motorist.
Bowman denied striking anyone and is not seen on the video being violent with officers.
He is facing charges over the incident, including battery of a police officer, resisting an officer and the traffic violation for which he was initially stopped, improper lane usage.
With Post wires