Cop Charged With Elder Abuse After Slamming 69-Year-Old’s Head Into Cement (VIDEO)

A Georgia cop is in hot water after cell phone video revealed that he lied about what happened between him and an elderly man.

Former Clayton County police officer Ryan Hall was indicted by a grand jury on one count of simple battery, stemming from his treatment of 69-year-old Dhoruba Bin-Wahad. The incident occurred as police responded to a call about a possible burglary. The property had previously been abandoned, and Bin-Wahad, who had just rented it, was in the process of moving in.

Police reports say that officers tried to arrest Bin-Wahad after he told them that there was nobody inside the house, and they believed that they had seen somebody. The person they saw turned out to be another police officer. Hall wrote in his arrest report that Bin-Wahad was “uncooperative and verbally argumentative.”

Hall was released from the police force after internal affairs investigators examined the cell phone video. They determined that Hall’s version of what happened did not match what they saw.

The unedited video shows Bin-Wahad seated on the front porch, when suddenly, Hall grabs his left arm and lifts him up, turning him around and throwing him into the brick wall of the house. Bin-Wahad said that he suffered head and neck injuries in the encounter.

Bin-Wahad filed a complaint with the police department following the incident. He told reporters at a press conference,

“I was humiliated. At first, I didn’t want to move into my home. I didn’t want neighbors thinking I was some kind of criminal moving into the neighborhood.”

According to WSB, following the indictment, Bin-Wahad’s lawyer, Mawuli Mel Davis, said he wants felony charges brought against Hall. While he said he was happy that a black man assaulted by the police could win a decision like this in Georgia, Davis said that this indictment was “the beginning of what we believe is a larger battle for justice.” WSB reports that the grand jury found enough evidence to bring two felony charges up to another grand jury.

It’s good that police officers who abuse their power are finally being held accountable for incidents like this. But would it be too much to ask police departments to take whatever steps are necessary to prevent these encounters between innocent black men and police from happening in the first place?

Here’s a report, from WSB:

Featured image via WSB screen capture