Ronald Lanier, a Black retired corrections officer in Nassau County, New York, says that cops racially profiled him and proceeded to beat him inside a supermarket. The white police officers allegedly choked Mr. Lanier then let him go without an apology after locating a shoplifting suspect on the roof of the store.
From CBS New York:
Ronald Lanier said he was shopping in the Western Beef Supermarket in Mineola on Nov. 30 when he was tackled, handcuffed and beaten by officers with the Garden City Police Department.
“I’ve never been cursed, physically abused, beaten and treated like a slave as I was two days ago,” Lanier said, breaking down as he described how he landed in handcuffs and in a hospital. “For somebody to grab me by the neck in the supermarket, and I’m telling you, ‘I’m one of you,’ and you disrespect it — it was like you’re just another black dude.”
“They cursed at him, they abused him verbally, they then start to beat him,” his attorney, Fred Brewington, told 1010 WINS. “He was taking blows with his hands cuffed behind him as he laid facedown.”
Lanier explained to the officers that he was a former law enforcement officer but claims those words went unheard. Lanier says he intends to sue the department and wants their badges taken from them immediately.
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