Video has surfaced showing a woman being punched in the face and taken to the ground by Jacksonville officers in Florida while recording the arrest of her husband.
Kelli Wilson says she arrived at a local convenience store on July 15 to record the arrest of her husband and retrieve their car when two cops demanded her name and told her to put her phone away before assaulting her.
“I was beaten, and then falsely arrested, my phone was stolen, and my car was taken,” Wilson said. “It was a traumatic experience. It was definitely an experience you never think you would be going through.”
Even though the officers confiscated her cell-phone, surveillance cameras at the convenience store captured video of Wilson’s arrest showing the unarmed woman talking to the cops before they can be seen rushing toward here.
The footage shows officers attempt to grab her phone. One officer can then be seen punching her in the face while the other one holds arms.
“He asked [me to stop filming], he demanded it again, and I gave him the same, ‘Why do you want my phone?” Wilson said. “What do you need my phone for?’ He told me he would punch me in my face. I eventually got punched and beaten and the sergeant that was on the scene joined in the beating.”
Police claim Wilson repeatedly refused to identify herself and was arrested for interfering with the arrest of her husband.
The officers admitted that they kneed and punched the woman as they made the arrest but said in police reports that they believed she was reaching for a weapon after they had her face down on the ground.
Wilson didn’t have any weapons and her lawyers say surveillance video should be enough to prove that she did nothing wrong, despite officers confiscating the cellphone recording of the incident – which still remains in their possession.
“She was lucky for that video, because without it, I don’t think a judge or jury would believe her against three police officers,” attorneys said. “When you look at the video, compare it with the report, you can tell it’s not true, it’s a false report and a false arrest. That’s probably the biggest crime in this case, nothing Ms. Wilson did, but what they did to her.”
Jacksonville officials have offered no comment on the incident citing an “ongoing investigation.”
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