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A Philadelphia police officer is reportedly suing a suspect who allegedly deleted a video of his arrest from his phone. Police, identified only as Officer Burnett, wrote in the police report that in March this year they noticed a pickup truck idling for 10-15 minutes at a gas station. When police examined the license plates, they found that the vehicle belonged to Jacob Giddings, who allegedly had an active assault order in his name, TMZ reported.
Officer Burnett deleted the suspect’s video of the arrest
When Officer Burnett asked the suspect to get out of the vehicle, he reportedly “started to resist” and therefore the police used force to get him out. Burnett’s body camera was activated throughout the episode. Looks like Giddings recorded the incident on his phone from inside his truck.
At one point during the fight, Giddings lost his phone. After being detained, the officer allegedly took his phone and accessed the footage. According to TMZ, it’s unclear from the footage what he actually did, although he did hit a few commands.
From the back seat of the patrol car, Giddings could be heard asking Burnett if the video was still on his phone. Police responded by saying they didn’t know, but they think they deleted the suspicious footage.
Officers also found marijuana in Giddings, according to the police report. He was arrested and charged with resisting an arrest and a drug possession charge. According to TMZ, the suspect suffered minor cuts to his wrist from the handcuffs and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Giddings has since hired a lawyer. His lawyer, Donte Mills, told TMZ that his client will sue the Philadelphia Police Department for excessive force and assault, falsification of evidence, false arrest and malicious prosecution.
According to Mills, they were able to recover Giddings’ arrest video from his iCloud account. The Philadelphia Police Department has yet to respond to the forthcoming lawsuit.
In April, MEAWW reported how the early release of police body camera footage was crucial in the shooting death of Ma’Khia Bryant.
A 16-year-old black girl was shot dead by an officer outside her home on Tuesday, April 20, causing a nationwide riot. But just hours after the incident took place, Columbus Police released body-cam footage of the deadly shot in an unprecedented move.
Interim Chief of Police Michael Woods explained that the video showed how right the officer was in shooting Bryant to save the life of another teenage girl, whom he attacked with a knife. Woods said the ministry released the footage as quickly as possible to be transparent to the public.
“It’s a tragic day in the city of Columbus. It’s a terrible, heartbreaking situation,” Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther told reporters at the time. “We felt transparency in sharing this image, however incomplete at the moment. Based on these images we know that the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community,” she said.