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Sun, 07.07.2002

Black teenager beaten during arrest in L.A.

On this date in 2002, police brutality continued towards young Black men.

A white Inglewood, California, police officer, Jeremy Morse, was video taped slamming 16-year-old Donovan Jackson (who is Black) onto the trunk of a squad car and then punching him in the head at a gas station. Bystander Mitchell Crooks made the videotape.

The video showed Morse lifting a handcuffed Jackson to his feet and slamming the youth's face into a car hood. Morse, who has a streak of blood next to his ear, then struck Jackson on the face with his fist. Another officer was arraigned for tampering with the report.

Officer Morse was indicted by a grand jury on an assault charge on July 17 and fired from the police force in October 2002.

Reference:
The Associated Press
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