October 22, 2020

Mississippi police officer fired for excessive force after video surfaces

A Greenville, Mississippi, police officer was terminated Friday for reportedly using excessive force, the city’s mayor and police chief reported.

In a video widely circulated on Facebook, a Greenville police officer is showing picking up a suspect and body slamming him onto the ground. The video further shows the officer slapping the suspect’s head.

In a reverse of many of the national police brutality videos that have surfaced, in this video, the officer is black and the suspect being beaten is white.

The Greenville officers were reportedly responding to a domestic disturbance.

The officer has not yet been publicly identified.

“Greenville Police Department has some great police officers,” GPD Police Chief Wilson said. “They are dedicated to protecting the city and its citizens and this incident is not indicative of our behavior and culture at Greenville Police Department.”