Police are getting a bad rap these days. A lot of people are looking at the men and women who try and protect us from crime as the enemy. After Ferguson and Baltimore, people seem to almost be looking for reasons to get angry at the police.
Sometimes, it’s easier to find than others.
In Michigan, parents of deceased 17-year-old Devon Guilford seem to have more than most. Unfortunately for them, the officer was wearing a body camera and it tells a very different story.
Guilford was stopped after flashing his high beams at a police officer. The officer pulled Guilford over and, by the end of the encounter, a teenage boy was dead.
However, because the officer, Officer Frost, had a body camera on, we can see for ourselves what happened.
A warning though: This might be disturbing for some viewers.
From that point the officer continues to ask for the documents several more times, growing increasingly frustrated as Guilford continues to refuse, pulling out his phone to record the conversation and then attempting to place a phone call. At that point Frost is clearly fed up and orders Deven out of the car. He refuses to comply and at that point the officer pulls his taser and threatens to use it. Finally Guilford gets down on the ground after much additional arguing, but won’t comply with the commands given so that he can be placed under arrest. That’s when all hell breaks loose.
Guilford is resisting and Frost finally fires his taser, but for some reason it doesn’t work. Deven breaks lose and begins attacking the officer. In the muddled final frames of video you can see him, not running away, but in Frost’s face with his fists raised. The body camera is damaged in the attack but there’s still audio in which you hear shots ring out.
All of that is in the camera. What isn’t is this photograph Hot Air posted of Officer Frost following the incident.
It certainly looks like Guilford resisted arrest.
Some may argue that Guilford didn’t have a weapon, something he states on the video. That may well be true. However, the officer carries weapons on his belt. There’s asphalt on the ground beneath them. There’s traffic speeding by. Guilford had ample means to kill the officer.
Further, it’s clear that he attacked Frost. Thanks to his body camera, we can see that.