A VIDEO released in 2010 showed how brutal and racist the town and police of Springfield, Mass can be. Travel to or through this town at your own risk. If you live in Springfield, keep a video camera and/or cell phone camera at the ready at all times.
A traffic stop for a dragging muffler by these thug cops turned into a nightmare for Melvin Jones III.
He was beaten with a chrome flashlight ended up in the hospital with severe injuries. His attacker, former cop Jeffrey M. Asher, a white police officer with a history of brutality and racism was allowed to terrorize Black citizens until he was finally caught on video tape with other officers beating the victim. The video clearly showed that the cops made up a story, and possibly charges against the victim were a complete lie. How many others have they done this to, who will be next?
Jeffrey M. Asher was finally charged of convicting of the brutal beating. He was sentenced in March 2012 to only 18 months.
We do not know at this time what has happened to those cops who were his co-conspirators in the cover-up nor have we obtained their names and photos. If you have this information please post it. Be advised to be extremely cautious while living in or visiting Springfield, Mass.
*Watch A Cop is a citizen journalist initiative put forth by the North Carolina based non-profit new media organization Black Talk Media Project. Anyone can participate in the project that is an informal collective of citizens concerned about the increasing police brutality and extrajudicial killings occurring across the United States.
The Federal Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled in June 2012 that every citizen, in every state have a First Amendment right to video record police officers in the course of their duties.