A St. Louis, Missouri man has currently filed a lawsuit, which alleges police officers used excessive force during his arrest, and likewise turned off the dashcam video during the ordeal. Moreover, prior to the man's arrest, a female officer is heard in the background on one of the cameras telling the other officers they're "in the red" which means, recording. The female officer goes on to suggest that if the officers are worried about the cameras recording then they need to wait until she turns it off; there were two cameras, and the second remained on.
The arrest happened in April, when Cortez Bufford was driving a vehicle, which vaguely matched a description of another car that was recently involved in an area shooting. When police pulled Bufford over, they told both him and his passenger to display their hands, which they did accordingly. Next, according to the police report, one officer smelt marijuana and noticed a small bag with a leafy green substance inside the vehicle. At that point, the passenger was ordered out of the vehicle and arrested.
Likewise, Bufford was ordered to exit the vehicle as well, but refused at first, and was eventually removed from his car. Furthermore, when police began to place Bufford in handcuffs, an officer noticed the handle of a gun poking out of his pants, and according to the report, the driver began reaching for his weapon; the gun was fully loaded. As a result, the officers forced Bufford to the ground, and kicked him, which resulted in abrasions to his finger, back, head, neck, and ears. After Bufford's arrest, one officer also used a Taser as well. The St. Louis City Police Department defends the actions of the arresting officers, yet the officer that shut off the dashcam will be referred to internal affairs for an investigation into the matter.
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