Cop Assaults Man For Requesting His Supervisor, Tries To Make Video "Disappear"Chris | InformationLiberation
Aug. 09, 2014
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"You don't need my supervisor, I am my supervisor," St. Petersburg police officer Kenneth Pienik belligerently belted before throwing his clipboard to the ground and proceeding to violently assault Stephen Woodworth, 46, of St. Petersburg, Florida for having the audacity to ask to speak to his supervisor.
Woodworth was being harassed by Pienik because he was allegedly found slumped over his car wheel in a pool parking lot. As he was not driving, he hadn't committed any crime. Of course, as a cop, where there isn't crime, you can create it. The officer did so by throwing Woodworth violently to the ground and staging a classic "contempt of cop" arrest. While not resisting in any way, including while being thrown to the ground, officer Pienik then proceeded to pull out his taser and tase Woodworth while he lay compliantly on the ground, I guess just to show him who's boss.
After committing his assault, which it should be noted his fellow officers did nothing to stop, he then proceeded to commence the cover-up by failing to make a copy of the video and put it into evidence, then providing a different video which didn't show the assault to the state's attorney upon request. The attorney's office says the officer said he was going to make the video "disappear," which peaked their suspicion.
Despite his attempts to stonewall, the video was retrieved and the officer exposed for the world to see. He was just fired as a result and cited for using unnecessary force, conduct unbecoming of a state employee, improper procedures, and a host of other violations -- but crucially, he wasn't charged with assault, assault with a deadly weapon, nor torture, all of which he committed, on video -- and all of which the victim in this case would have been charged with if he was the aggressor and the situation was reversed.
Nonetheless, the officer's crimes were excused by the state as him having used "bad judgement" and following "improper procedure."
Watch the video of the assault:
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