Police Brutality In Petersburg
On Wednesday, Sept. 6th, at approximately 10:30pm, police arrived in droves at the Perry Street Lofts in response to what had been reported to me as a "verbal confrontation" between a young-to-middle-aged black man (name remains unknown) and his significant other. According to individuals I spoke with on the scene, the man, who lived on the second floor of the loft apartments, had an on-and-off verbal dispute with a female. The police that arrived to "solve" the dispute were almost a dozen, with several cars parked behind the buildings in response to the single, unarmed man. The man was heard crying out quite profusely that he was unable to get up from the ground after being "slammed into the building", according to one bystander, and suffered from a swollen face according to another.
After the man had been beaten, manhandled, and sprayed with mace (both on the second floor where he lived, and outside the building) and arrested, I casually strolled over to where the beating had taken place, and was able to confirm via eavesdropping on police discussions that this instance of police brutality had been justified because he refused to stop arguing with his significant other. The police obviously realized I was taking note of the events, and attempted to question my presence at the scene, to which I responded with a question of my own: "So you stated that this was all due to a verbal dispute?", I inquired, no doubt sounding frustrated at the events I was witnessing. The police diverted my questions by stating that all was ok now (As if they had somehow just made something better), and paced back to the police vehicles which continued to occupy our neighborhood for the next 40 minutes after the arrest had been made.