DA Drops Charges After Video Shows Man Acted in Self-Defense Against Violent Cop

Matt Agorist | The Free Thought Project

Allegheny County, PA — A disturbing video was released this week showing an altercation between a police officer and a 21-year-old man arrested on suspicion of heroin possession. The video shows an attack by the officer and subsequent defense by the 21-year-old.

While the incident happened in 2015, Todd Hollis, the attorney for the 21-year-old suspect, Joshua Brooks, waited to release the video and file the lawsuit until after the criminal charges against Brooks were resolved.

On April 17, 2015, Brooks was arrested on charges of suspicion of heroin possession. He was brought into the custody of the Elizabeth Borough police department and chained to a bench.

As the altercation begins, Brooks is seen standing up when officer Garrett Kimmell approaches and tries to grab Brooks’ throat. Not wanting to be choked or have his trachea crushed, Brooks attempted to push Kimmell’s hands away.

Pushing away Kimmell’s hands caused the officer to begin punching Brooks. As the punches start to fly at his face, Brooks begins to fight back in an act of defense. However, it appears that he quickly realized that the fight is futile, since he was chained to a bench in a police station, and so he raised his hands and submitted.

Brooks’ submission, however, did not stop Kimmell’s attack. For several moments Kimmell appears to continue to choke the non-violent man. For over a minute, Brooks remains submissive as this cop continues to attack him. But after having enough abuse, Brooks wrapped his arms around the cop’s body in an attempt to stop the attack.

The two go back and forth before another officer enters the room and helps to subdue Brooks so Kimmell can then fire his taser. The video then ends.

“The acts that happened on that particular day don’t denote honor, and I think it brings dishonor to all the great police officers in our city and the country,” Hollis said.

According to the lawsuit now filed on Brooks’ behalf against the department, after this incident, additional charges of resisting arrest and aggravated assault on an officer were filed against Brooks. However, according to Hollis, after the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office saw the surveillance video, the charges were dropped.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday accuses Kimmell of excessive force and accuses the second officer of failure to intervene, according to WPXI.

“Sometimes, what you do in the dark comes to light, and I think this is one of those instances,” Hollis said.

What do you think? Does the video below show self-defense?

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  • JR


  • Jeff Armitage

    Thats the only method they know. They aren’t intelligent enough to have a conversation about whatever the problem is.

  • Tracey Williams

    so what happened to the cop? probably not a damn thing!

  • Franklin

    I think that cop should fucking die….. pussy ass POS

  • We the people

    Funny how they only show part of the video ….. there is way more to this video and this is what the attorney wants you to see. Sad part is criminals get away with everything

    • Bill

      That is bull shit….PIGS murder people and get away with it. They use their reason that is their “Get out of Jail Card” “I WAS IN FEAR OF MY LIFE” So you can squash that shit you posted about criminals get away with everything…so do these crooked ass PIG cops. By the way that PIG cop was violating the suspects civil rights.

    • Sean1978

      Please, Cops get away with a ton and never get charged for their crimes…. Stop it.

    • sharon scott

      what part are we to see being chained to a bench talking crap . is that the part ? ahhh no

    • Dartmouth ’11

      How much did the police pay you to troll? Or was it Russia?

  • Lawrence the music man

    The cop was over the top. First of all the suspect was handcuffed and posed no threat to the policeman. Evidently he might have said something the cop didn’t like so he began his attack. The suspect after being attacked must have surmised either die fight or die submitting. I can clearly see the cop hollering for help once the suspect got the upperhand. Police need to understan they are not assigned to beat the living crap out of you as a suspect or a felon. They are assigned to uphold the Law not be Judge, jury and executioner. You can’t go around beating the crap out of people because they say something you don’t like. At least we citizens can’t get away with that.

    • ARJAY

      HTF do you know he said something the cop didn’t like? Seems to me you’re trying to find a way to blame Brooks regardless of your other comments.

  • Bill

    PIGS doing what they do best!

  • countnnita

    I bet he’s still working as a PIG. IHTMFers

  • Treasured Lights

    White cops are insane

    • Wendy Colby

      Black ones too. Stats say black cops shoot black suspects more often and faster than white cops. It’s the blue that they share not the color on their skin.

      • Dartmouth ’11

        No they don’t. Though I agree black cops share the same racial biases as white cops there are no statistics that I know of that show they are more aggressive as whites towards their own race as you seem to suggest. Please cite a source before saying such things.

  • D Man

    Why are you even answering this dumb ass “we the people”? This will always happen when the devil can’t win….they always say beginning or end of the video didn’t show, like what else should be shown than a man chained up getting beat on, was that right in your eyes?

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  • D Gordon Franks

    nothing new here, keep moving