WATCH: Teen Found Guilty For Recording Police Abusing Him During Arrest

A teen who was recorded in a viral video of police brutality has been found guilty.

A judge ruled that the Petersburg teen, Devin Thomas, was in the wrong for recording the confrontation with police.

Watch the local report below…

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The judge mandated that Thomas perform community service rather than doing time in jail, thereby suspending the year-and-a-half sentence he handed down.

The video which Thomas was supposedly “in the wrong” to record, quickly went viral right after his arrest. It showed a Petersburg police officer who confronted Thomas at the Petersburg East apartments. A snap shot of Thomas during the ordeal shows him clearly bloodied and bruised.

“I ain’t happy about it,” Thomas explained in court.

“I feel like I’m innocent.”

But the judge didn’t agree with him. He was found guilty of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. It is unclear how these charges are relating to the act of recording the police, which the judge said Thomas was in the wrong for doing.

For Thomas’s part, he claims that he was assaulted and wants an apology.

Petersburg police said that they launched an investigation, and cleared themselves of any wrong-doing.

Another family also captured the arrest on video that they took from their front porch.

JaQuan Fisher recorded one of the cops saying, “Unless you want me to take your phone from you,” right before he did exactly that, and the video cut off.

Prosecutor Gray Collins refused to comment on the case.


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