(Took a year for video to be released)
Anthony Promvongsa a Worthington, Minnesota resident had a run in with an angry motorist as he drove through town. The angry driver turned out to be an off-duty cop, who called on his colleagues to go after the young man, and the video shows what happened.
“I had no idea what was going on when I was approached and attacked by this officer,” Promvongsa said in a statement released Thursday by the ACLU. “I did not even have the opportunity to take off my seatbelt before I was literally blindsided with this unnecessary attack. I immediately pulled over for the Worthington squad car, and before I knew what was happening, I was beaten and ripped from my vehicle.
“I know I am not the first person to have this type of traumatic experience with law enforcement in Worthington,” Promvongsa added.
After Joswiak brutalized the man, he and local prosecutors then charged him with multiple felonies over the alleged traffic incident. Promvongsa faces charges of fleeing in a motor vehicle and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. The ACLU stated, “no matter what happened before the dash cam video began rolling, Anthony did not deserve to be abused by the police this way.”
Joswiak claims that Promvongsa refused his order to leave the car, but the video shows Joswiak never gave him a chance to do so. The ACLU says, “It shows a textbook case of excessive force.”
In the police reports, there was no mention of drugs, and the police searched Promvongsa vehicle assaulting him.
The ACLU and Promvongsa are weighing their options, and calls on the Worthington Police and the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force, to “Immediately investigate the incident, take all appropriate personnel actions, and ensure this never happens again.”
According to the ACLU “based on additional complaints that we are receiving this does not appear to be an isolated incident. Rather there’s evidence that racial profiling and police brutality are systematic problems that span the Worthington Police Department, Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, and the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force as Worthington becomes a much more diverse city.”
The Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force lauds itself for “aggressive enforcement” and brags about “seizures of vehicles, firearms, jewelry, and large amounts of cash.”