Use of force expert reviews bodycam footage of Timothy Williams arrest

Published: Aug. 7, 2020 at 12:17 AM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Use of force expert Lloyd Grafton reviewed the Monroe Police Department bodycam footage of Timothy Williams’ arrest on Thursday.

Officers confronted Williams in response to an alarm call on April 21, according to the arrest report. Police said he displayed a fake gun.

The arrest report said a crack pipe fell out of Williams’ pocket while he was being searched for other weapons. Williams said he was afraid, and ran from police while being searched. He said he later surrendered, putting his hands in the air and laying on his stomach. Williams said he was handcuffed and beaten by at least two officers.

The City released the bodycam footage on Thursday.

The video shows one officer pointing his weapon at Williams while he’s on the ground. It then shows another officer appear to kick Williams in the face as he laid on the ground.

“When a suspect is laying face down with his hands behind his back, to kick him in the head when someone arrives, another officer, to kick him in the head would be excessive force,” said Grafton.

Grafton is a former federal law enforcement officer. He taught law enforcement for more than two decades, and is considered a use of force expert in state and federal courts.

Grafton said, while he didn’t see the foot connect, it does appear the officer kicks Williams in the head.

“Well, I cannot see his foot actually strike his head, he does cry out as if he’s been struck in the head,” he said.

The officer wearing the body camera then turns away from Williams and the second officer for a period of time as Williams continues to cry out. Williams is later seen being taken to a police car.

Based on the video, Grafton said he didn’t see anything else besides the kick.

“But what I saw was one officer who kicked in the direction of his head, but I saw no other activity that I would consider excessive force or inappropriate maneuver by the officer in taking this man into custody,” he said.

Grafton said these videos are playing a large role in law enforcement today, and they’re making police better.

MPD officer Jared Desadier faces charges of malfeasance in office and second-degree battery in the case against Timothy Williams. He was arrested after being placed on administrative leave. He has since resigned.

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