Several cops are seen throwing an armed Black Lives Matter protester out of his wheelchair to arrest him for punching an officer in the face
- LAPD were seen tossing Joshua Wilson out of his wheelchair on Tuesday
- He was leading a Black Lives Matter protest when dozens of cops were seen flowing into the area
- It’s unclear how many officers responded to the scene but LAPD said there were 50 demonstrators and the protesters said they were outnumbered
- Police claim he punched a police officer in the face prior to the video
- LAPD said in a statement they later found a loaded gun in his backpack which was on the chair they hurled him from
- Wilson was held on $35,000 bail and now Advocates have started a bail fund
The Los Angeles Police Department has come under further scrutiny regarding rough treatment of protesters after cops were caught throwing a man out of his wheelchair to arrest him.
Video shows three officers involved in knocking Joshua Wilson to the ground, grabbing him by the back of the neck and twisting his arm behind his back to restrain him.
Footage shows some witnesses immediately criticize an officer who then drags the wheelchair into the road far away from Wilson, who police claim had punched one of them in the face while they were arresting several people from an unrelated matter.
According to a statement the LAPD was in the area of Figueroa Street and Wilshire Boulevard in Downtown Los Angeles arresting two women and a man in connection to a mental health crisis.
LAPD were seen tossing Joshua Wilson out of his wheelchair on Tuesday. He was leading a Black Lives Matter protest when dozens of cops were seen flowing into the Downtown LA area
LAPD said they responded on a call for help from other officers
They were taking the two women to a medical facility based on statements they had made.
However they noticed a man walking down the street, pushing another man, so proceeded to arrest him.
They say they happened to come across a protest of about 50 people around 2.45pm while carrying out the arrest. Wilson was part of that group.
That’s when the demonstrators started chanting ‘Let them go’ and Wilson allegedly connected his fist to a law enforcement officer’s face.
LAPD said a ‘use of force occurred between the officers and Wilson’, which is what’s seen on the video.
A statement said that cops called for help and numerous officers reported to the scene. They are seen detaining other people.
Police claim he punched a police officer in the face prior to the recording that was shared online
A witness is seen speaking to a cop who dragged the chair away from Wilson (left) meanwhile several other officers held him down on the ground
Police said they later found a loaded firearm in Wilson’s backpack which was connected to his wheelchair.
Wilson was booked for being an ‘ex con with a firearm’ and was held on $35,000 bail.
The LAPD said he was seen by medical personnel before the booking. They didn’t state whether Wilson sustained any injuries but they noted three officers and one sergeant suffered minor injuries during the incident and received medical treatment.
It’s unclear how the officers obtained the injuries but cops say another man tried to grab an officer’s baton during the incident and that’s when another use of force ensued.
That man, Mario Chacon, received medical treatment at a local hospital, was treated and released and booked for Battery on a Peace Officer.
Active Advocate is trying to raise money for a bail fund. The social media account shared the clip with the captions: ‘They beat us. They used excessive force.’
LAPD said in a statement they later found a loaded gun in his backpack which was on the chair they hurled him from
Active Advocate is trying to raise money for a bail fund and said he is a leader of protests