Typical, I think its so fucking ridiculous how they beat your ass and then charge YOU with assault. Im just glad to hear the department actually acknowledges he was out of line. Killed 2 people in 5 1/2 years!!!?? WTF? He must just have really bad luck
Cop had cause to search, for his protection. Crooks lied about being property owner. suspicious? He did kill 2 people in 2 yrs. both were justified. Bad luck or bad people/part of town? Bad luck or doing his job? Quick to judge?.... This is my dad's opinion:
Well, you can't really see what exactly went down but here are the facts from video and audio leading up to the confrontation and from the audio during the struggle.
It's night time and a guy standing in a driveway with a video camera is suspicious enough to warrant investigation and questioning.
The officer approaches and asks the appropriate question. Do you live here? The reply was "no" which made it reasonable and necessary to further investigate why this person is on private property at night without any apparent reason or explanation. (A reasonable person would lower the camera and give an explanation like, it's my parents house or a friends house etc. The guy was looking for trouble or was looking for a lawsuit).
Now the officer has the right to pat him down for weapons for his own safety while further investigating. He needs the guy to lower the camera, place it on the ground or hand it to the officer since the officer has the right to pat him down and needs the suspects hands empty and free. The camera, even a small camera can be used as a weapon if it's used to strike a blow to the face or head. He refuses to lower the camera and he changes his story so he lied or is now lying about living there. Either way, it's suspicious and his refusal to cooperate is delaying a Peace officer and resisting the officer from performing his duties.
Once the officer grabs the suspect to pat him down, it appears and sounds like there is a struggle. The office warns him to cooperate and from the audio it sounds as though a struggle is continuing and does not sound like a beating. The constant screams for help don't stop when he is ordered to stop. The officer(s) is in serious and immediate risk having a potentially violent and hostile crowd form and attack the officers and linch the suspect. The office needs to control that and they need to get the suspect cuffed, searched and locked in the car immediately which means dragging him kicking and fighting but they need to do it fast.
His injuries look minor and typical of taking a struggling suspect down. I've done way, way worse and it was purely as a result of getting the suspect controlled, down and cuffed.
If I was the IA investigator and based on just the video and audio the officer would be exonerated immediately. The officer was performing his duty, gave verbal lawful and reasonable commands several times which the suspect refused. The suspect lied. Once the officer was in proximity he was placed in the position of having to physically remove the camera in order to conduct a safe pat down for weapons and the brief moment of video indicates that the suspect was did not comply and the audio supports it. My opinion is based on just video and audio and is without, the officers statement, interrogation the suspect, eye witnesses and taking into account back up officers statements, medical report and officers past record for a propensity of excessive force. The suspects injuries look minor and typical of taking a struggling person down. I've done way, way worse and it was purely as a result of getting the suspect controlled, down and cuffed. - ( this is a conversation I had with my dad, who is a former police officer, concerning this incident and this is his response concerning Derek and how he handled this situation ).
I know Derek very well. He is a very good friend of mine and he doesn't lie. I asked him what happened and he said Crooks reached out to grab him ( just off camera on Crooks left side, with his left arm) and Derek took him down in self defense. He said he never hurt Crooks intentionally. Crooks was hurt when he hit the ground in an lawful arrest, not from police brutality. Derek didn't "beat his ass" as big-j suggests, though Derek very well could have, being, he is a Krav instructor. Things aren't always as they seem, in this case the bad guy, looking to make a buck, got what he was looking for. I wish he would try this shit with me, I wouldn't be as nice if I knew his intentions. NOTE: Crooks makes his living filming police! He was looking for a lawsuit and always does. Crooks is a Crook!