With so many to choose from, it can be hard to say definitely that any given video of police interacting with citizens is technically the most infuriating one, but this one is a pretty good candidate. The video, taken by Minnesota man Christopher Lollie, who, you be totally shocked to learn, is black, documents him being tasered and arrested by police for the crime of sitting around waiting for his kids. He refuses to identify himself to police, saying he hadn’t done anything wrong.
The incident took place back in January, but only recently showed up online. Perhaps because, as the description explains, they had confiscated the phone. The Root has a statement from the police, who claimed they were responding to reports of a man trespassing.
Minneapolis City Pages have Lollie’s account of what happened.
Lollie says he was sitting in a chair in the skyway’s hallway when a security guard approached him, told him he was in a private area, and threatened to call police if he didn’t leave. But Lollie didn’t see any signs specifying that the area was employees-only or private in any other way, so he decided to hold tight, confident police would have his back if they showed up.
Officers showed up shortly thereafter, and Lollie says he started filming his now-infamous video after the first cop on the scene grabbed him.
Charges against him were eventually dropped when witnesses corroborated his version of events.