A black grandfather was punched and kicked by white police officers after suffering an epileptic seizure while walking his autistic grandson to school, his family says.
A female bystander captured footage of the Thursday morning incident in Minden, Louisiana, which saw five cops – four of them white, one black – gather around Robby Bailey, 53.
Bailey was already on the ground by the time the woman and another bystander began filming, with one of the white cops seen kicking him, and another filmed punching him.
At one point an officer yells ‘stop resisting!’ while Bailey’s grandson, who family said is autistic, watches helplessly a few feet away.
His mother Margia Bailey, 80, told DailyMail.com on Friday morning that her son is being treated in hospital, although she is unsure how severe his injuries are.
She says that she has yet to see footage of the incident, and refused to comment further on the altercation.
Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper says the officer filmed kicking Bailey – who has not been identified – was placed on leave, KSLA 12 News reported.
Minden Police officials say they tried to walk Bailey away from the front yard into a public space but he resisted help and tried to return to the front yard
Bystander footage captured several officers gather around Robby Bailey as he is already pinned to the ground, with officers taking turns punching and kicking him
Two officers were initially called to the scene after they received a call about a man ‘laid out by a roadway.’
Police arrived and found Bailey’s grandson and Bailey laid out in the bushes of someone’s front yard. Officers claim that Bailey was incoherent and possibly under the influence of a substance but family members claim that Bailey suffered a seizure while taking his grandson to school and fell down.
The family says that seizures cause Bailey to become combative once they pass because he is disoriented, KSLA 12 reports.
Police Chief Cropper says that footage proves Bailey did not have a seizure and that an ambulance did not want to transport him because of his impairment.
Minden Police officials say they tried to walk Bailey away from the front yard into a public space but he resisted help and tried to return to the front yard.
It was during this struggle the two responding officers called for back up and a bystander captured footage of the five officers struggling to handcuff Bailey.
That officer claimed that his use of force was justified because the other four officers were not able to subdue Bailey.
The officer says he kicked him under his arm because a kick there would not do permanent damage and that kicking worked because soon after Bailey stopped fighting and was able to be handcuffed.
Chief Cropper says the man caught on tape punching Bailey faced no punishment because officers are trained to use ‘hand strikes’ to subdue a suspect without doing permanent damage.
Bailey was arrested and taken to a hospital. Police charged him with marijuana possession and he will likely face resisting arrest charges.