“I can’t resist! I can’t resist! Aaron Larry Bowman can be heard screaming between shots in footage obtained by The Associated Press.
The May 2019 beating following a traffic stop left him with a broken jaw, three broken ribs, a broken wrist and a gash on his head that required six staples to close.
Bowman’s encounter near his Monroe home came less than three weeks after ailing soldiers from the same agency hit, knocked out and dragged another black motorist, Ronald Greene, before he died in police custody on a highway rural area in northeast Louisiana.
The video of Greene’s death was also kept under wraps before AP got it and released it earlier this year.
Federal prosecutors are reviewing the two cases as part of an expanded investigation into police brutality and potential cover-ups involving both soldiers and state police officers.
State Police did not investigate the attack on Bowman until 536 days after it occurred – even though it was captured by a body camera – and did so only weeks after Bowman brought a civil action.
The agency did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment on the video.
Bowman’s beating was carried out by Jacob Brown, a white soldier who, before resigning in March, counted 23 use of force incidents dating from 2015 – including 19 targeting blacks, according to police records in the state.
Aside from the federal investigation, Brown faces state charges of second degree assault and battery and embezzlement in the beating of Bowman.
He also faces state charges in two other violent arrests of black motorists, one of which he bragged about last year in a group conversation with other soldiers, saying the suspect ” gonna hurt ”and“ it warms my heart to know that we could educate this young man ”.
The night Bowman was arrested for a traffic violation, Brown arrived at the scene after MPs forcibly removed Bowman from his vehicle and took him to the ground. The soldier later told investigators he “was in the area and trying to get involved.”
Wielding an 8-inch aluminum flashlight reinforced with a pointed end to smash the car window, Brown jumped out of his state police vehicle and began hitting Bowman on the head and body in both seconds after “initial contact” – triggering 18 shots in 24 seconds, detectives wrote in an investigative report.
“Give me your fucking hands!” Cried the horseman. “I’m not joking with you. “
Bowman tried to explain on several occasions that he was a dialysis patient, that he had done nothing wrong and that he didn’t resist by saying, “I’m not fighting you, you are fighting me.
Brown replied, “Shut up, fuck! And “You’re not listening. “
Bowman is later heard moaning, still on the ground. ” I’m bleeding! ” he said. “They hit me on the head with a flashlight!”
Brown, 31, later said Bowman punched an assistant and the beating was a “pain conformity” meant to put him in handcuffs.
Investigators who reviewed Brown’s video months after the fact determined that his use of force was neither reasonable nor necessary.
Brown did not respond to several messages seeking comment.
Bowman, 46, has denied hitting anyone and is not violent with the police on the video. But he still faces a list of charges including battery of a police officer, resistance to a police officer and the traffic violation for which he was initially arrested, improper use of the lanes.
Brown not only failed to report his use of force, but wrongly called his footage a “citizen encounter” in what investigators called “an intentional attempt to hide the video from administrative review.”
Bowman’s defense attorney Keith Whiddon said he was initially told there was no body camera video.
Monroe District Attorney Robert Tew declined to discuss Brown’s case or anything to do with state police. “We’ll see what the DOJ needs to do,” he said in a brief interview outside his home.
Bowman himself had not seen the footage until recently, when US Department of Justice prosecutors showed it to him and his attorney.
“I kept thinking I was going to die that night,” Bowman told the AP in tears in a recent interview. “It was like reliving it all. Looking at him, I cracked again.
“I don’t want anyone to go through this. “