Cell phone video recorded by one of Dhoruba Bin-Wahad's new neighbors in Jonesboro appears to shows a different story than the one three Clayton County police officers wrote in their incident reports after their encounter with Bin-Wahad, 69.
Bin-Wahad's attorney Robert Bozeman shared the video with CBS46 on Monday.
"In their reports, the officers used terms like uncooperative, didn't want to come out. Mr. Bin-Wahad was argumentative, he was a possible flight risk. These are reasons for the conduct that was taken, throwing Mr. Bin-Wahad down on the concrete head first," said Bozeman.
It happened on May 2. Bin-Wahad and his family were moving into their new home in Jonesboro. Someone called 911 and reported a possible burglary.
Bin-Wahad said he was upstairs when he saw officers approaching the house with their guns drawn.
He walked to the front door and identified himself. The video shows an officer grab one of Bin-Wahad's arms while another one checked him for weapons.
The officers told Bin-Wahad to sit down. While he was sitting on his porch, the inaudible video shows an officer grab Bin-Whad's arm, forced him up and twist him to the ground face first.
The officer then cuffed Bin-Wahad.
"I felt like I was humiliated in front of all my neighbors or whoever was watching," said Bin-Wahad. "They might have thought I was a criminal or someone the police followed to this residence, so I didn't want to move in."
Bin-Wahad said he's glad a neighbor he didn't know at the time recorded what happened to him.
"I know I should feel vindicated, but sadly I feel humbled in a way because at one point I didn't want to move into the house anymore," said Bin-Wahad.
Bin-Wahad's attorneys filed a formal complaint against the three officers on Monday.
A spokeswoman for Clayton County police said the department will investigate the allegations.
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