Boynton Beach Officer Mike Brown Found Guilty Of Violating Constitutional Rights of Jeffrey Braswell.

It’s a case of severe beating, then changing reports.

It happened on August 20, 2014 after a 20 mile, high speed chase.  It does not involve the offender/suspect, but a passenger.  Jeffrey Braswell was a passenger in a car that took Boynton Beach police officers on that chase.  When the car was eventually stopped, Mike Brown yelled for the driver and passengers to raise their hands and get out of the car.  However, Jeffrey Braswell had his seat belt fastened and being afraid of lowering his hands, did not exit the car.

Mike Brown decided to take Jeffrey Braswell from the car.  There was nothing wrong with that.  However, after doing so, he beat Jeffrey, including using his gun to strike.

Jeffrey Braswell before he was beaten.

 

Jeffrey Braswell after he was beaten.

Mike Brown was with officers Justin Harris and Ronald Ryan who were federally charged with deprivation of rights.   Jeffrey Braswell, then 25-years old, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of obstruction or resisting arrest without violence and in their initial reports, filed shortly after the incident, they made no mention of punching or kicking him.  About a week later after they found out that the sheriff’s office turned over video to the Chief of Police, each of the officers made a number of changes to their reports.

Brown initially wrote that he shot Braswell with a Taser stun gun because Braswell did not respond to his orders to get out of the car.  After viewing the video a week later, Brown added that he had bumped the fleeing car to stop it at an intersection and he added that he struck Braswell with his fist.

The officers’ supervisor, Sgt. Philip Antico, has been indicted for helping the officers falsify their reports and making false statements to mislead FBI agents when he was questioned.  The 37-year old Antico has plead not guilty to falsification of records and obstruction of justice.  Jury selection for his trial starts this week.  U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg who presided over the trial for the three officers will also preside over Antico’s trial.

Officer Mike Brown, found guilty of violating constitutional rights by using excessive force.

Brown has been on paid leave while the criminal charges were pending. Justin Harris resigned soon after the chase and now works at a gym. Ronald Ryan was fired in 2016 after he was found unfit for duty in an unrelated matter.

The trial for Brown, Harris and Ryan started on October 30, 2017 with jury selection.  On Thursday, November 9, 2017, the jury found Mike Brown guilty of violating Jeffrey Braswell’s constitutional rights by using excessive force and also convicted Brown of using a police-issued firearm to strike the passenger.

Justin Harris and Ronald Ryan, were cleared of all charges, including falsifying records to cover up the beating.

Brown faces a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.  None of the online news sources I checked gave a sentencing date for Brown.

 

 

Posted on 11/14/2017, in Cases, Jeffrey Braswell and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Mr. Militant Negro

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  2. yahtzeebutterfly

    Thanks for this update, Xena.

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  3. Now to await sentencing…. Xena than k you so much for doing this. Who could blame Mr. Braswell for being in fear for HIS life if he lowered his hands to unbuckle the seat belt? My Gawd things have to continue to change in this country.

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    • Mindyme,
      Do we see a pattern? It appears that when “suspects” survive, that officers using excessive force are convicted. The ability for victims to speak and testify overcomes what officers say they thought. They aren’t the only people thinking. “Suspects” also think.

      I’ve shuddered with the thought of being pulled over and told to lower my driver’s side window. That window has a mind of its own. LOL! And I suspect, (from watching so many videos), that trying to tell an officer that I have to play around with the button to get the window down won’t be heard over his/her shouts and I’ll be accused of not obeying commands.

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  4. I’m so happy that I’m smiling from ear-to-ear it’s a great start to sending a message that the lies of these officers and corruption will not be tolerated 👏👏👏👏👏👏😊😊😊😊😊😊😊

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    • Ladylove,
      Happy to know that the story brought a smile to your face. It was also encouraging to me to know that the feds brought and prevailed in the case. It looks like Florida and its federal district is moving ahead of the rest of this nation in many areas. I noticed that with convictions of cyberstalkers.

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