In 2009, Michael Bergeron was arrested on a series of minor drug and alcohol infractions. According to Filmingcops.com, he was arrested for drunk driving and possession of a controlled substance. The victim claims he was not drunk. Drunk or not, the video below shows the defendant, while possibly talking with officers, is moving down the hall as instructed until one of the cops, Officer Richardson wails him around his own body slamming Bergeron into a very hard wall.
Original police reports said Bergeron was combative and uncooperative.
Bergeron appears to not be “combative” at all, especially after being flung into the wall by the officer. The cops then take the natural next step in dealing with someone who isn’t resisting, they pepper spray at him over and over.
Regardless if Bergeron was uncooperative or even combative in the police car or at anytime earlier as some on the side of the police claim, there does not seem to be much of that by the time the party reaches the hallway where the slamming occurred. Cops enjoy no privilege of “retroactive punishment” because their ego got bruised earlier or their feelings got hurt.
And on Tuesday, 11 of 12 jurors agreed with that.
The 12th claimed that marijuana gave the victim “super human strength.” Yes, that’s right – super human strength is why the victim needed to be flung like a rag doll into a stone wall. Interesting that his alleged “super human strength” did not help Bergeron being helplessly thrown or prevent the brain damage he now claims he suffered.
After the cops were done pummeling the victim with force and chemicals, they giggled, laughed and smiled at their handiwork. A couple of minutes later, the cops assist Bergeron to his feet, where he seems quite woozy, and “assist” him to the car waiting in the opposite direction. The last bit of footage logically makes one question why they were even going down the hallway to begin with when they were actually going the opposite direction. It almost looks like they took him down the “dark alley” just to take some gratuitous shots at him.
In addition to the incident caught on camera, the victim also claims he was choked by officers after being given conflicting orders and no opportunity to decipher or react to those orders.
According to Filming Cops:
He says that after he had been released from a cell for booking, the police told him that he could collect his wallet and his phone.
But when he reached for his belongings, the police began choking him, he says.
His account gives the impression that officers were intentionally confusing him in order to have an excuse to initiate violence on him.
Judging by the looks on their faces, it certainly appears that they enjoyed what they were doing and may have been wanting to pick a fight just for fun.
“As I grabbed my wallet from the table the officer with the glasses came at me saying he never told me I could take my stuff and choked me against the wall then tried to grab the wallet from my pocket. once he got the wallet and my phone this is what happened,” says the victim.
Super human strength however, or the existence of it from toking on a joint, is what helped Officer Richardson walk out of court a free man on Tuesday. Forget facts, forget your “lying eyes” – one person’s mythological belief is the “decider” in this case.
The judge declared a mistrial rather than replace the juror or as some places do, go with 11 if no alternate is available. It was painfully obvious that this juror was not going on any “facts in the case” but on their own ignorant superstition.
It is possible that the case could be retried but it is never a guarantee that it will. Many mistrials end up in the “pay no mind” bin as states and municipalities have to battle limited resources in picking the cases they prosecute.
So yet another “slam dunk” case ends up mysteriously with no conviction. This time the reasoning isn’t even reasonably debatable as to being a fact, let alone it being relative even if it had any basis in fact (which it doesn’t).
Like Rosanne Rosannadanna used to say on Saturday Night Live, “it’s always something.”
Here’s the video of the original incident so you can decide if you think Officer Richardson should be walking around a free man today.
Watch raw, unedited footage (no audio) HERE:
Featured image via video screen capture from YouTube.com