Brandon Kennedy (2020)

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Overview

On December 15, 2020, Shreveport Louisiana Police Department Officer Montrell Jackson was in a convenience store and overheard Kennedy, who was speaking to someone else about his support of the Black Lives Matter movement and his prior negative incidents with the Shreveport Police Department.[1] Jackson claimed that Kennedy told him that "he likes to fight the police", and Jackson told him to put his hands behind his back "becuase [sic] of the fact that he wanted to fight me because I was uniformed police officer".[2]

Kennedy claimed that Jackson grabbed him by the neck, took him to the ground, and knelt on his back before using both hands to slam Kennedy's face into the pavement. [1]

Sergeant Justin White arrived at this time. Kennedy claimed that White did not intervene to stop the attack.[1]

Jackson did not arrest Kennedy, but took him to a hospital for a mental evaluation. Jackson was evaluated by a psychiatrist the next morning and was released.[1]

An internal investigation cleared the officers of any wrongdoing.[3]

On December 10, 2021, Kennedy sued the officers, the chief, and the department, claiming retaliation, illegal detention, improper search and seizure, and use of excessive force in violation of his First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights.[1]

On December 2, 2022, the civil lawsuit was settled. Details were not released.[3][4][5]

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The incident was captured by the store's surveillance camera.[1]

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