A viral video of alleged police brutality in Columbus has made nationwide news this week, after police responded to a call for shots fired, and an aggressive man named Jonathan Robinson stepped towards two police officers in a threatening manner, and refused to back away.
Looks justified to me. The guy hits the cops arm away after refusing to leave.
That’s a crime.
Then, instead of just doing what they ask during a very volatile situation, he elected to square up and clench his fists as if he was about to strike the officer.
On the bright side, at least he found out what “or what” was.
Robinson himself said it wasn’t really a big deal around the 3:30 mark of this video:
“I didn’t hit you with a shotgun, I hit you with my fist. It might’ve felt like a shotgun though.”
“I appreciate that.”
“Didn’t swell nothing up though.”
Then again at the 17 minute mark:
“Are you hurt?”
“(laughing) Do I look hurt?”
“No you don’t to me.”
Body cam footage from the cop who punched him shows him aggressively RUNNING across the street towards a cop, who is outside of a house where gunshots just went off, and once again closed his fists in a threatening manner.
When you do that, the police are going to consider you a potential threat. Generally squaring up with a police officer responding to calls for shots fired is a bad idea. The cop who hit in was also holding a rifle, so punching him was really his only option to defend himself.
Nevertheless the outrage machine, led by people like “Bishop” Talbert Swan, is out in full force.
.@ColumbusPolice respond to ‘gunshots,’ which were fireworks & get their dose of anti Black brutality on. One cop pushes a young man, punches him & points a rifle at him.
This is unjustified.
To hell with all who ask ‘what happened before’ to justify this. pic.twitter.com/zlfjtYe3yh
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) June 9, 2019
Look at what the other cop has his hands on.
Personally I’d prefer being punched over being tased.
They couldn’t have picked a worse target if they were trying to prove that this cop is some sort of menace. AJ Johnson is actually a model for community policing in Columbus.
As it turns out he grew up a troubled youth, as can be seen by the chinstrap.
His IG account “OhNoItsDaPopo” has over 80,000 followers, and almost exclusively shows mentoring young children of color about making good life choices.
Who says a Rapper and a Police Officer can’t team up for the better of the world?!… I legit teared up watching this video. Y’ALL JUST DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE MY CITY AND COMMUNITY! Shout out to @MONTANAof300 for investing in our youth. #blessed pic.twitter.com/CuagaFI7XP
— Officer A.J. (@ohnoitsdapopo) April 10, 2019
Could you imagine if everyone took five minutes out of their day to get to know someone. Our newest episode of the #ItsNeeded podcast is live! Ryan and I talk about deep issues and have a little fun while doing so. Check it out on all available platforms pic.twitter.com/sSUt6Wh0Cr
— Officer A.J. (@ohnoitsdapopo) May 15, 2019
“Sky’s the limit lil homie… spread your wings” pic.twitter.com/Eh2B83pJzE
— Officer A.J. (@ohnoitsdapopo) January 23, 2019
He posted this literally an hour before the incident.
He posted this an hour after the incident, reading a Michael Jordan quote about missing shots but never giving up on your dreams.
It’s going to be a tough sell in order to convince the general public that AJ Johnson is the face of racist police brutality.
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