Video of Incident Between Georgia State Trooper, Black Man Draws Outrage

In Summary

The incident happened on October 3 during a chase where the trooper stomped on 27-year-old Jamarco Lucas. The video was posted on Twitter and Instagram. 

WARNING – This story contains details of police brutality.

A Georgia State Patrol trooper was caught on camera stomping on a suspect by the name of Jamarco Lucas, which is drawing a lot of outrage according to WSB-TV.  

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The situation happened on Oct. 3 and accompanying video footage of the incident was posted on Instagram. The video has been viewed at least 80,000 times, and contains footage of police brutality. 

According to WSB-TV, the Georgia State Patrol alleges the incident started off as a traffic stop after a trooper saw a man not wearing a seatbelt on the downtown connector. Then Lucas, 27, went off the interstate at Edgewood Avenue, left his car and ran. 

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During the chase, the trooper fired his taser at the 27-year-old and then attacked him in a move he described as a foot strike, according to WSB-TV. 

“When you have someone on the ground already, there’s no need to stomp on him,” said activist Scotty Smart, who often speaks out against police brutality. “Luckily, social media took a stance and people recorded the situation or else, we wouldn’t have even known about another Black man being stomped on by law enforcement.” 

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“This officer’s actions are INEXCUSABLE! He chose to harm a man already on the ground rather than de-escalate the situation,” attorney Ben Crump said on Twitter. “The officer must be held accountable for this brutal display of force!” 

Lucas was arrested and charged for crimes such as fleeing, obstruction of an officer, reckless driving, failure to obey a traffic control device and no seatbelt, according to WSB-TV. Lucas is currently on probation. 

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