On July 15, 2015, Kelli Wilson took out her cellphone to record two Jacksonville, Fla., policemen arresting her husband when, she says, the officers assaulted and arrested her and took her phone, footage of which was captured by a surveillance camera.
“I was beaten and then falsely arrested, my phone was stolen, my car was taken,” Wilson told News 4 Jax. “It was a traumatic experience. It was definitely an experience you never think you would be going through.”
Wilson told the news station that the incident happened outside a Jacksonville convenience store and that initially she was recording the arrest of her husband to ensure that her husband was safe. Wilson says that one officer demanded that she stop recording. She asked the officer why.
“He asked for it, he demanded it again and I gave him the same, ‘Why do you want my phone? What do you need my phone for?’ He told me he would punch me in my face,” Wilson told News Jax 4. “I eventually got punched and beaten, and the sergeant that was on the scene joined in the beating.”
Source: The Root | STEPHEN A. CROCKETT JR.