Two Texas men were arrested for cursing when they questioned their friend’s arrest this week – and the video of the incident has gone viral.
Another friend, Justin Moore, 24, was pulled over in a separate car while Skyler Gilmore, Isaiah Benavitz and Isaiah Phillips were out of the Baytown Market convenience store on Tuesday – unspecified traffic violations and an outstanding warrant from Deer Park. KHOU 11 Report.
Benowitz began recording the traffic stop He posted it on Facebook – accumulating 76,000 views by Friday morning.
About four-and-a-half minutes into the video, one of the two Baytown police officers on the scene approached Gilmore, 24, and told him that he had been arrested “for public use.”
The clip then shows Officer Gilmore thrown to the ground and kneeling in the face.
He was arrested on disorderly conduct-language charges for using slander, police confirmed to KHOU. A spokeswoman for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office said prosecutors dropped a separate indictment against him for interfering with public duties for lack of evidence.
“This is my first time going to jail,” he told Gilmore. “I’m a law-abiding citizen. I was sent to jail for cursing.”
Another officer is shown in the video capturing the 23-year-old Phillips from behind. The statement said he is facing the same municipal misconduct charge.
“They slapped on my friend Skyler’s hood and used my face to tie his hood,” Phillips told the store. “That’s not right.”
“If you don’t come back, I’m going to break you,” a policeman threatened Benavides when Phillips’ arrest was filmed.
Patton Police Chief Keith Dougherty later complained to authorities that he was protesting outside a police headquarters on Thursday.
Both officers have been placed on desk duty, while internal affairs are holding an investigation, which could end as both cops start off the force, he said.
“I try to hold people accountable and feel frustrated,” Dougherty said. “I felt that some better judgments could be made, which is why I called for an investigation,” he said.
A further 200 people joined the protest, calling for police accountability.
“We’re going together,” Benowitz told the local outlet. “We’re not doing this for ourselves. We do this for our community, period. “