A homeless man was pinned to the ground and restrained by several San Francisco police officers. Chaedria LaBouvier captured the incident on video and released the footage on Matter, a Medium blog. LaBouvier said that the man's encounter with the police occurred on Aug. 4, 2015, in the mid-market area of San Francisco.
In the video, one officer was using his knee to restrain the man and his legs. One of his legs was prosthetic. The man was also left partially naked while he was handcuffed and left on the ground.
"This is not policing," LaBouvier said to the officers.
Apparently cops had been called to the scene for a person who had been "waving sticks around."
LaBouvier said the "sticks" were crutches.
"I was still at a loss for exactly what he’d done. But I do know that the police didn’t even put him under arrest: SFFD medics strapped him, against his will, to a stretcher and took him to the hospital, for no apparent reason," wrote LaBouvier on the blog.
"I do know that he was humiliated, crying and deeply upset, but that and being physically handicapped are not enough reasons to be sent to the hospital. I do know that 14 officers to take down a presumably homeless man with one leg seems like a waste of resources and unreasonable," she continued.
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