Imagine being beaten to a pulp and then being charged with assaulting your attacker. That’s exactly what happened to an Oklahoma man after a police officer broke his face for no apparent reason.
Chris Barger suffered a broken nose, cuts, abrasions and other injuries, after a police officer punched him.
Barger explains that he was in the process of dropping a friend of at an apartment complex. That’s when an officer approached him for apparently no reason.
The police officer began shining a flashlight into his car according to local KFOR-TV news.
“He begins to shine his light in my car window repeatedly, and after a while, I decided maybe I should get out of the vehicle and ask the officer what the problem is,” Barger recounted.
As soon as Barger got out of the car the cop charged at him and began punching him in the face.
“I saw the guy get out of the car, walk toward the officer a little bit and stopped,” an eye-witness recalled. “There was a little distance between them, and I saw the officer rush him.”
Barger and the eye-witness both say that same things. They claim that the officer charged toward Barger, punched him, aimed a gun at him and placed him in a headlock.
“By the time he threw me on the ground and hit me a couple times with his elbow, at that point, I was like, ‘This isn’t a police officer — this is just some guy here to kill me,’” Barger continued.
The eye-witness said that Barger was screaming for help repeatedly as the officer pounded away at his face.
“They were on the ground for a good two or three minutes, and the guy was screaming, ‘Somebody help me, somebody help me, I don’t know why you’re doing this,’” the witness said.
The officer contents, however, that while he was pummeling Barger, his glasses were knocked off. That, he claims, constituted assault.
Prosecutors realized the charge wasn’t going to stick in court, but the doubled down on a misdemeanor obstruction of justice charge, which Barger still faces.
All of this, Barger would later find out, was because the officer ran his plates and found out he had an unpaid parking ticket. Barger quickly took care of that as soon as he found out about it.
The chief of police is defended the actions of the officer during the incident.
Barger received no medical attention for his injuries. Instead, inmates helped him out.
“They brought me chairs and helped me sit down,” Barger recalled. “They were better than the police were to me. It’s not the way it’s supposed to be. The police are supposed to be the good guys.”
Watch the video below from local KFOR-TV…
(Article by M. David and Reagan Ali)