In one Jacksonville video shared this month, a woman called 911 asking for assistance after an officer parked in her driveway for a nearby police matter and wouldn’t leave.
“Why can’t he pull off my yard? Why can’t he leave my yard?” she asks an officer, who is white and she is black. After her repeated questions, he tried to grab her, and though the video didn’t show what happened next, her screams lasted 15 seconds before the video cut out. Subsequent photos showed her teeth were broken during an arrest.
In another video, shared Wednesday, another white officer is seen chasing after a black man on the Northside, shouting “I’m going to shoot you, mother f—–!”
In Jacksonville there have been 10 police shootings this year, surpassing all the police shootings in 2019. The last year with more shootings was in 2015 when 15 people were shot by police.
These incidents come in the wake of the South Georgia killing of Ahmaud Arbery by a former police officer, the Louisville police killing of Breonna Taylor and the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.
Over the last few years in Jacksonville, recorded interactions between police have played a central role in exposing tensions between law enforcement and communities: the viral video of a young man threatened with jail time for jaywalking, an officer who punching civilians who he claimed spat at him and the police arrests of five anti-war protesters in Hemming Park.
Activists are organizing a protest outside the Sheriff’s Office headquarters Saturday to call for the release of body camera footage in all 10 shootings, including six that were fatal. They’re also demanding an end to excessive force by police and for community oversight, according to the event’s Facebook page and releases sent by activists.
During a Thursday evening event, Sheriff’s Office Investigations Chief T.K. Waters said that something like what happened in Minneapolis couldn’t happen here, and he told people that if they encounter an officer doing something wrong, they should call 911 to resolve the situation.
But Brittany Chrishawn Williams’ video presents a different story.
On May 13, a Jacksonville officer parked his car in a driveway because he believed, according to an arrest report, the home was abandoned.
Williams, a 29-year-old graduate of the Paxon School for Advanced Studies and the University of Central Florida, walked out of her house and asked the officer if she could help him.
He said he was going to check emails and then leave shortly, according to the arrest report. The report said she then asked him to leave her property. He again said he was going to finish up his work there first.
“The suspect immediately threw a spoon with an unknown green substance on it at me while I was sitting in my car,” the report said.
She then called 911, asking for another officer to help her because he wouldn’t leave.
When another officer arrived, the first officer explained that she had committed battery by throwing a spoon at him.
The video shared on social media shows her pleading with the officers to leave her property.
“I want him to leave,” she told the officer. ”… When I asked him, `Why are you here? Police officer, please leave,′ he started yelling at me. Do you think he has this kind of power, this kind of authority?”
She then repeats, “Why are you here, and why are y’all smirking?”
Then the video shows the second officer seeming to grab her as she runs backwards into the house screaming.
Her boyfriend’s voice is heard begging the officer to stop as the phone is dropped.
“No, no, no, no, stop, please, please stop, stop, stop, stop, stop. Please stop. Stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, stop. Please, please bro, please, please, man, please. That’s my girl, please.”
She was arrested on two charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and one charge of resisting arrest without violence. The arrest report said she had a gun, but it appeared she lawfully owned the gun. She was initially held on a $7,009 bond that she paid.
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