- Keep in mind.. dude had his seatbelt on .. "Thus far, Agent Joswiak has received no punishment for this abhorrent treatment of Anthony" — ACLU June 22, 2017
The Minnesota branch of the ACLU on Thursday released a police dashcam video showing what they termed "a textbook case of excessive force" and called for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the 2016 arrest.
The video shows Agent Joe Joswiak of the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force, pulling over a motorist, identified as Anthony Promvongsa, 22, on July 28 of last year.
Joswiak quickly runs out of his car, instantly yells a series of expletives at Promvongsa and commands him to get out of the car right befofre kneeing and punching the driver.
The ACLU contends the arrest was unnecessarily physical and should spur an internal investigation by the Worthington Police Department.
"Agent Joswiak claims Anthony refused his order to leave his car, but the video contradicts this assertion," the ACLU said in a statement. "Instead it shows a textbook case of excessive force."
"We are calling for an investigation of Agent Joswiak’s behavior and for him to be held accountable for his brutal attack on Anthony Promvongsa, up to and including termination and prosecution," said Teresa Nelson, Executive Director of the ACLU of Minnesota.
"Thus far, Agent Joswiak has received no punishment for this abhorrent treatment of Anthony," she added. "This sends a message that the department condones the officer’s behavior, which it should not."
The ACLU of Minnesota claim there is a history of racial profiling and brutality by the Worthington Police Department, Nobles County Sheriff's Office and the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force.— CBS | PHIL MCCAUSLAND
Joswiak is white, while Promvongsa is Asian.
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