Cops beat a man, Zachary King, allegedly for having a gun in the waistband of his pants. King was leaving a Minneapolis nightclub on Father's Day evening when officers noticed the gun in King's pants. He immediately told them, "'I have my conceal and carry, and it's my gun.' And soon as I said that, he grabbed me by my neck, slammed me against the wall, snatched my gun out the holster, started waving it in the air saying, 'gun, gun, gun.'" The next thing he knew, five officers jumped on him, beating him to the point that he had a concussion!
King has a past arrest record but no convictions; however, the police didn't know that before they attacked him. Back in April, he was arrested for recording the police during what King described as "an abuse of power." He was also acquitted of manslaughter in 2008 when his pitbull mauled his 7-year-old son to death. So, simply having a gun and telling the cops he had his conceal carry alone motivated them to jump and attack him? Race is often suggested as a motivation in police incidents. In this case, it certainly seems that it played a role. Is this the normal reaction of the cops at seeing a black man with a gun? Despite the fact that he had a permit, he was still taken to jail and eventually charged with misdemeanor "obstructing the legal process." His attorney is hoping that public/police cameras and witnesses can help prove his client's case. Police said they can't comment on the case.
Â© Margie Wilson-Mars 2012