Black Louisiana grandfather beaten and kicked by white police ‘after an epileptic fit while taking his autistic grandson to school’
- Robby Bailey, 53, was filmed pushing to the ground in Minden, Louisiana, with two of the five officers kicking and punching him
- At one point during Thursday’s incident, an officer shouts ‘stop resisting!’ while his grandson, whose family said he is autistic, looks on helplessly a few feet away
- Two officers were initially called to the scene after receiving a call about a man ‘built by a roadway’.
- Minden police chief Steve Cropper says the officer who kicked Bailey has been placed on administrative leave while police are investigating the incident, KSLA 12 News reports.
- Officer on administrative leave says he kicked Bailey under the arm believing it would subdue him without harming him
A black grandfather was beaten and kicked by white police officers after having a seizure while driving his autistic grandson to school, his family says.
A female bystander captured footage of the incident Thursday morning in Minden, Louisiana, in which five officers – four of them white and one black – gathered around Robby Bailey, 53.
Bailey was already on the ground by the time the woman and another bystander started filming, with one of the white cops kicking him and another movie slapping him.
At one point an officer shouts ‘stop resisting!’ while Bailey’s grandson, whose family said he is autistic, looks on helplessly a few feet away.
His mother Margia Bailey, 80, told DailyMail.com Friday morning that her son is being treated in the hospital, although she is unsure how serious his injuries are.
She says she has not yet seen any footage of the incident and declined to comment further on the altercation.
Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper says the officer who was filmed kicking Bailey – who has not been identified – was placed on leave, KSLA 12 News rexpelled.
Minden Police officials said they tried to walk Bailey away from the front yard into a public area, but he resisted help and tried to return to the front yard
Bystander footage captured by various agents gathering around Robby Bailey while already on the ground, with agents taking turns hitting and kicking him
Two officers were initially called to the scene after receiving a call about a man ‘built by a roadway’.
Police arrived and found Bailey’s grandson and Bailey in the bushes of someone’s front yard. Officers claim Bailey was incoherent and possibly drug-induced, but family members claim Bailey had a seizure while taking his grandson to school and fell.
The family says attacks cause Bailey to become belligerent once they are over because he is disoriented, KSLA 12 reports.
Police Chief Cropper says footage proves Bailey didn’t have a seizure and an ambulance refused to transport him due to his disability.
Minden Police officials said they were trying to walk Bailey away from the front yard into a public area, but he resisted help and tried to return to the front yard.
During this battle, the two responding agents called for help, and a bystander captured footage of the five agents struggling to hold Bailey’s hand.
That officer claimed his use of force was justified because the other four officers were unable to subdue Bailey.
The officer says he kicked him in the arm because a kick wouldn’t do any lasting damage there and that kicking worked because Bailey stopped fighting shortly after and was able to be handcuffed.
Chief Cropper says the man caught tape-punching Bailey was not punished because officers are trained to use “ hand strikes ” to subdue a suspect without causing permanent damage.
Bailey was arrested and taken to a hospital. The police have charged him with marijuana possession and he is likely to face opposition to arrest charges.