Violent Arrests Of South Carolina Siblings Who Were Punched, Shoved By Officers Sparks Outrage
Attorney Justin Bamberg said there is no justification for what was seen in the video of the brothers' arrests.
June 25, 2021 at 4:04 pm
Two officers in Rock Hill, South Carolina, have been placed on administrative leave while the community demands justice for Ricky and Travis Price, two siblings who were punched and shoved by police as they were being arrested on Wednesday.
A Facebook Live video shot by a woman at the scene showed an officer punching Ricky in the face as police were struggling to arrest the brothers. Officers also pushed Travis against a large tank during the scuffle, WCNC reported.
"The use of force that we see in the video is a perfect example of why African Americans today in certain parts of America are afraid of police," Justin Bamberg, an attorney for the brothers, told CNN. "There's no justification for doing that to anybody."
Rock Hill police said officers were conducting surveillance on Ricky on Wednesday afternoon when they pulled him over for an illegal turn and lane change. According to police, Ricky pulled into a gas station at that point and called his brother, Travis, who later arrived at the scene.
Officers said they then searched Ricky's car and found two bags of marijuana hidden in the driver's door panel, as well as a 9mm pistol in the back seat of the car. A bag of crack cocaine was also allegedly found in the vehicle.
While Ricky was being put in handcuffs, police said Travis tried to reach for belongings that were being removed from the car and "used his body to bump the officers backward."
The Facebook video shows Travis falling to the ground with the officers as a scuffle broke out. Police said Ricky also punched an officer in the face while trying to flee.
The woman who shot the video can be heard saying Ricky was tased. Police, however, said officers didn't deploy any weapons or use Tasers on either brother.
Ricky, who was denied bond after being arrested, is facing charges of intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, carrying a pistol unlawfully, unlawful possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent offense and resisting arrest.