In yet another incident of police brutality in the United States, Washington, D.C., cops brutally beat up and detained Jason Goolsby, an 18-year-old music student at the University of the District of Columbia, as he entered a bank on Monday.
Soon, police cars stated chasing him and his friends who were also present at the scene. Goolsby began running and, as per his statement, got almost hit by one of the approaching vehicles.
The officers say they were responding to a 911 call about suspicious activity in the area, but it later turned out Goolsby had not committed a crime.
The video of the violent encounter went viral after one of Goolsby’s friends – who filmed the incident – posted it on Twitter. He was also detained by the cops for interfering but no one was officially arrested.
Today we we're harassed and assaulted because " someone felt uncomfortable around us " in a bank . RETWEET ?? pic.twitter.com/E2XZaOgJgM— #justiceforjason (@darealbighomiee) October 13, 2015
He wrote that the pair had been "harassed and assaulted because ‘someone felt uncomfortable around us’ at the bank."
Following Goolsby’s forceful detainment, activists took to streets in D.C.’s southeast section to protest against the police.
It’s tragic how more than a year after the violent deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, consequent nationwide protests and debate about racism, use of excessive force by law enforcement, especially against the members of the black community, still remains an issue.
In fact, if stats are to be believed, the situation has gotten worse.
“A year after Michael Brown’s fatal shooting, unarmed black men are seven times more likely than whites to die by police gunfire,” according to The Washington Post.
As of August, “24 unarmed black men were shot and killed by police - one every nine days,” according to the newspaper’s database of fatal police shootings.