Yesha Callahan

Police in St. Louis Apologize for Arresting and Brutally Beating An Innocent Black Man

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The St. Louis County Police Department has apologized to an innocent young Black man after admitting to causing severe injuries to his face when they mistakenly arrested him last Thursday afternoon.

The victim, identified as Joseph Swink, is a 22 year-old University of Missouri college student with no criminal record.

Swink, an accounting major, was on his way home from his internship when he accidentally became involved in the police chase.

According to KMOV St. Louis/Channel 4, The police were in pursuit of Anton Simmons, another Black male, who had 17 warrants our for his name, when Swink crashed his car trying to avoid the police pursuit on Interstate 70 outside of St. Louis.

When Swink’s car became filled with smoke, he ran from the vehicle, only to be tackled and brutally beaten by the officers who mistook him for Simmons.

The officers beat Swink so brutally they left him with severe damage to his ear. In addition, to the severe ear damage –Swink’s car is completely totaled.

“I never really had 100 percent trust in police before,” Swink said. “But I really don’t now.”

Chief Aaron Jimenez of The St. Ann Police Department issued an apology to Swink and had the following to say about the brutal incident:

“Most of the time when you see that you know this is the bad guy. He’s running. Unfortunately, he was a citizen.”

“They ended up grabbing him [Swink], tossing him to the ground, and were trying to handcuff him.” “All the sirens and lights were going off. It was very loud and they couldn’t hear anything the citizen was saying.”

“I do apologize. As the police chief who runs this city, I do apologize to Mr. Swink that this has happened.”

The St. Ann Police Department claims that the mistaken identity had “zero to do about race.” But, Swink does not agree and shared with Fox2 News that he feared for his life.

“There was nobody Black on the scene, just a lot of white cops. I didn’t feel safe around them,” he said. “I think they probably felt they could get away with it because I was and they can do this.”

Marettree Sanders, Swink’s grandmother, told Fox 2, “This is all we ask of our young men, to do the right thing, become productive citizens in this country and he’s not being given that opportunity because someone has mistaken him for a criminal and that upsets me very much.”

Photo Credits: Screenshot/Fox 2 News

Source: Raw Story, KMOV St. LouisThink Progress

  1. January 19, 2015 - Reply

    I’ll keep it clean, but **** an apology and be ready to caught up some money because he’s gonna own St. Louis!

  2. January 19, 2015 - Reply

    I guess an apology is a start, but it should be followed up by a diversity training for the police force and monetary award to the victim, so that he can receive help for his medical bills and future foreseeable problems resulting from the damage they caused. We can breathe a sigh of relief that he lived to tell about it and he is not being held in some jail. Now if the police would step up and replace the car they caused him to total, that would be something to be glad about.

  3. January 19, 2015 - Reply

    My god, this young man is in a shirt and tie and they mistook him for some high speed fugitive? How? Did the car that he crashed look anything like the car they were chasing?Those St. Louis police are nothing but a bunch of vengeful rabid animals.

    • January 21, 2015 - Reply

      @dirtychai

      No, it didn’t. Swink was driving a Chevrolet but the man they were chasing was driving a BMW.

  4. January 19, 2015 - Reply

    when will the police get it… even if it was the right guy, beating down a suspect is not ok. it ain’t your job to punish. they woulda been just as wrong regardless of who they apprehended. how about y’all be sorry that y’all keep justifying police brutality. don’t be sorry b/c y’all didn’t know who you were beating down. quit beating folks down. that ain’t your job.

  5. January 19, 2015 - Reply

    He needs to sue.

  6. January 19, 2015 - Reply

    Saint Louis is racist as hell

  7. January 19, 2015 - Reply

    This story certainly causes me to be filled with indignant anger at an oppressive system. The Brother Joseph Swink ought to have his human rights respected, but savage, barbaric cops assaulted him without just cause. Joseph’s story refutes the lying narrative that if a person just obeys an officer unconditionally, then nothing will happen to that person. Joseph is not the only victim of police terror. There are many more victims nationwide and many of our people have been murdered by the police. Joseph Swink should sue and cause accountability to exist. Fighting against evil is a necessity and goodness is what we wholeheartedly adhere to.

  8. January 19, 2015 - Reply

    I don’t know if you noticed that the police chief can relate because he is a majority. He understands that police don’t have compassion for you when you are brown. A fun little tip: Did you know that when the police stop you they already know who you are cause they run your license. I hope Joseph Swink sues the pant off these people.

  9. January 19, 2015 - Reply

    Oh my gosh. This is extremely explicit and should have warranted an explicit disclaimer before the graphic thumbnail picture. I get extremely extremely emotional seeing images like this.

    • January 23, 2015 - Reply

      @disqus_6sinns1216

      You sound like a fool. The guy has a little cut and scrape on his face. That’s graphic? Fuq outta here.

      • January 23, 2015 - Reply

        @Lorenzo griffin (ihaveastalker

        You’re a sociopath, so of course this is “just a cut and scrape”. I’ll never be desensitized to this kind of violence

        • January 23, 2015 - Reply

          @disqus_6sinns1216

          Hopefully you get caught in the next crossfire.

          • January 23, 2015 - Reply

            @beuatifulthoughts

            Ok

            • January 23, 2015 - Reply

              @disqus_6sinns1216

              I know it’s ok, fool. That’s why I said it.

  10. January 19, 2015 - Reply

    The chief of police is an idiot. He said usually it is a bad guy, but this was a citizen. News Flash, crooks are citizens too! Whipping up on anyone unless that person is trying to hurt the officer is aggravated assault, but until police brutality is treated that way it will continue.

    As another said, an apology is a start, but the guilty police need to be arrested and lose their jobs. The STL County PD needs to pay all of this young man’s medical bills, and buy him a new car. Heck, they owe this man lots of money for pain, suffering, and public humiliation.

  11. January 20, 2015 - Reply

    1. They admit that they don’t know who they’re chasing
    2. They admit that they don’t think ‘bad guys’ are also citizens
    3. They admit that too loud for them to hear isn’t too loud for civilians
    4. They think it isn’t wrong to beat people, just to beat the wrong ones
    5. They don’t pay attention to suspect descriptions
    6. Felony assault doesn’t have to have been on purpose

    Here’s the thing: If he sues, which he should, it’s not the cops who will be on the hook, it will be the taxpayers. Effectively, the taxpayers are paying cops to abuse them and then have to pay to cover the apology when it happens. They should be fired and never permitted to serve in law enforcement ever again, THEY, not the people but THEY should buy him a new car, cover his medical bills and while they’re at it, buy him a nice, new apartment in which he can hang his diploma. You know, after they’ve finished out their sentences.

    • January 21, 2015 - Reply

      @Jo 'Mama' Besser

      I agree with you.

  12. January 21, 2015 - Reply

    SUE.

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