Protester Describes Violent Encounter with Police

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Cameras were rolling as a man was caught and cuffed during an anti-police brutality march Jan. 17 in Sacramento.

"I won't call it brutality, they weren't shooting me, they didn't Tase me, thank god, cause that doesn't feel good. But I will call it excessive force," Strong Walls said. Walls was seen on video slammed to the ground by officers. He says he suffered a concussion from the incident.

He was part of a counter protest headed toward a pro-police rally at the State Capitol. Sacramento Police say they routed protesters a few blocks away.

"They began to take over the eastbound lanes there at Capital Mall," Doug Morse, with Sacramento Police, said.

Walls recalled, "They told me they were gonna cite me and then started arresting me."

Walls told FOX40 police never made verbal warning of arrest. However, in cellphone video officers were heard saying "breaking it up, breaking it up, or you're going to jail."

In video taken from a different angle, another protester is heard saying "Do not resist".

"When we give these individuals lawful commands to get back on the sidewalk for their safety, you can clearly see how combative and violent they got," Morse said.

Walls says he was not resisting arrest, but going to check on another protester. "I asked him, 'was I resisting, was I fighting back?' And he told me with his own voice, his own words, 'no', but proceeded to write that on the report."

Walls said he plans to protest in the future until he sees a change in the police force.

CHP did not return FOX40's calls for comment.


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