Man Holds Up Hands & Lies Down -- Cops Still Kick Him In The Face & Taser Him

by Scott Kaufman
The Raw Story
Jan. 04, 2015

A drug task force video of an arrest differs markedly from the police reports written by the plains clothes detectives involved in the incident, The Kansas City Star reports.

The video — available below — begins with the final moments of a car chase between Timothy Whittle and two plains clothes detectives, Michael Chinn and Kip Bartlett.

Chinn and Bartlett were members of the Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force, and they were approaching Whittle’s home in order to serve a warrant allowing them to search the premises for materials used to manufacture methamphetamine — but they never got the chance, as Whittle and another man left the home in an SUV and drove to a nearby property.

Once they arrived, Whittle exited the SUV and entered a black pickup truck. At that point, task force officers charged and Whittle took off. The officers gave chase — as did a Missouri National Guard helicopter, which was recording the events.

After a long pursuit, Whittle drove into a field, jumped out of the still-moving truck, and raised his hands in surrender. He then lay down on his stomach.

In the video, the first detective to arrive immediately kicked Whittle in the face, while the second — identified as Chinn — handcuffed him. The first detective held a Taser to Whittle’s back and used it to subdue him. When Whittle lifted his face, blood can be seen streaming down it from a gash above his eyes.

However, the official police reports filed by both detectives make no mention of the kick or its effect on Whittle.

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