Ridiculous: Man Who Covered Head During Police Beating Charged With Resisting Arrest

A Miami man who can be seen in a cell phone video being beaten unconscious by police officers has been charged with resisting arrest -- for covering his head during the attack.

The man, 21-year-old youth center worker Gilberto Matamoros, says he was doing nothing wrong when he was arrested, and then beaten, by police on Halloween. Footage of the incident shows an officer hitting Matamoros five times on or near his head. He was beaten until he lost consciousness and was taken to a nearby hospital. Then Matamoros was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

After the video of the beating made its way onto a local news broadcast, the police backtracked... sort of:

[Matamoros' lawyer, Ricardo Martinez-Cid,] told CBS in Miami that prosecutors had initially told him that all charges against Matamoros would be dropped, but then suddenly changed their minds earlier this week. A charge of disorderly conduct was dropped, but the resisting arrest charge remained in place.

"All he tried to do is cover his head, until he passed out. They beat him until he was unconscious, and they had to take him to Jackson [Memorial Hospital]," said Martinez-Cid.

He told WPLG channel 10 that if background noise on the cell phone video were reduced, you could hear Matamoros calling for the officers to stop and saying he's not resisting arrest.

Read more at Raw Story.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at November 26, 2010, 4:08am

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