Petersburg Police Detective Strikes Teen with Baton for Video Recording, Hospitalizing him with Concussion [Update]

By Carlos Miller of Photography Is Not A Crime:

A Virginia teen ended up hospitalized with a concussion Tuesday after police struck him on the side of the head with a baton for video recording them.

The video shows the cop [Officer Vance R. Richards] asking his age before attacking the 19-year-old man, apparently figuring he can get away with doing that to an adult. Officer Vance R. Richards MEME

Devin Thomas was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, your typical contempt of cop charges.

Thomas being led away in handcuffs after he was attacked for video recording cops

Thomas being led away in handcuffs after he was attacked for video recording cops

It’s the usual video we normally see, the third one from Virginia this week, but this time Virginia Cop Block joined the teen and his uncle to file a complaint at the police departments, as you can see in the video below.

Watch that video by Virginia Cop Block and read the rest of Carlos Miller’s Story on this HERE!

A Protest organized by Virginia Cop Block will be happening Monday Morning June 16th. More info here.

Update: Protest was a success! Read about the protest here.

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  • Bob Dole

    This is ridiculous. I don’t even feel bad when cops are murdered any more because of these asshole police.

    • Pigs are criminals nowadays….they lie, steal, harass and extort money from people meanwhile they are above the law.

    • Shawn Irwin

      Your a piece of shit. If you ever need a cop don’t call 911 call a crack head for help

  • Kameron Smith

    Bob go fuck yourself, this only shows the teen and his friends side of the story you have no idea what really happened your going of what some nigger thug told the news. so lets actually believe the kid who could be a drug dealer possibly robber or murder that makes sense

    • katoria

      You sound very ignorant. Your racist comments further show your level of stupidity. The video speaks for itself…. he is a bystander recording….. regardless to the circumstances, your racial comments are uncalled for…..

      • Shawn Irwin

        Good luck, you sound like someone that any dept would be glad to have! I’m retired off the job and I really hope you do great

    • George

      Coming from a young black man” point of view that was crazy n not every one of its its thugs or criminals. There is nothing illegal about video taping. And honestly this the main reason why i want to become a police officer now. I want to show one that all black men aren’t thugs and 2that all police officers aren’t like this. Even if a small difference i want to be a influence in the community i swerve and not a tyrant

    • Teejay

      STFU

    • Tony Hudgins

      Kameron i have you children marry blacks you have a ton a little black grand children running around.

      But honestly i’m surprised that the ignorant rednecks have computers these days, not to mention you know how to post online.. maybe there is hope for you hicks.

      P.S. i’m white you jackass

      • Amos

        Kameron,
        your comments are just as racist as the ones you’ve read………..and it wouldn’t hurt for you to proof read what you chose to write…..

    • donnie boggs

      wow Kameron Smith, you are a true piece of shit. the video shows what happened not what the ” thug ” told the news. It’s pigs like these that are gonna one day be hog tying you while raping your mother or wife and robbing you of your property because they can. I hope one day you are pulled over, jerked out of your car and beaten while your car is illegally searched. You will probably willingly bend over for them and even provide the saliva for them to fuck you with

    • Mr Republican

      We have a pretty good idea what happened here, it’s hard to argue with the video, he was video taping and then was assaulted. Why not believe the kid? He has video evidence, that’s enough to convict any criminal in a court of law. Why would you even say “he could be a drug dealer possibly robber or murder”, besides the horrible grammar and racial slurs, this is just an ignorant statement. Maybe you “Kameron KKK Smith” are the drug dealer, robber, or murderer, or maybe you are just a ninnyhammer?

      • Shawn Irwin

        He ordered them inside for his safety. He is there alone with the guy resisting is he supposed to run away, cry or make the arrest? From this video you can make the judgement that the cop lumped him up? Why were the cops called? Who was the victim of the call? These things will never be answered here because this page is out to destroy cops. They say that a badge doesn’t give you extra rights, sure it does do you go out on patrol and make car stops? If your faced with a dangerous situation you can run away a cop has no obligation to retreat which means he has to handle the situation. So just marinate on what I said for awhile you piece of shit!

    • Upgrezze

      Your nothing but a lowlife. Fuck ANYONE who abuses their position. I encourage people to legally obtain a gun incase a civil war pops off cause people are only gonna take so much of this Gestapo type treatment from the people who are supposed to be serving the public not attacking us. The system is damaged. This cop should have a green light on him.

      • Shawn Irwin

        He ordered them inside for his safety. He is there alone with the guy resisting is he supposed to run away, cry or make the arrest? From this video you can make the judgement that the cop lumped him up? Why were the cops called? Who was the victim of the call? These things will never be answered here because this page is out to destroy cops. They say that a badge doesn’t give you extra rights, sure it does do you go out on patrol and make car stops? If your faced with a dangerous situation you can run away a cop has no obligation to retreat which means he has to handle the situation. So just marinate on what I said for awhile.

    • Shawn Irwin

      Amen

  • George

    Excuse the spelling,it’s auto correct. Used to using a keyboard on my other phone

  • Crusha

    That’ll teach that filthy jigaboo to pull his pants up. Great work, police!

    • Teejay

      STFU !!

  • Ronnie Grubb

    “Go inside….Go inside right now”?!? Okay, what happened to the young man is bad enough, but them ordering everyone to “go inside”. Why? Why officer? Exactly why do you want everyone to “go inside”? Perhaps so that those who DO “go inside” won’t be an eye witness to your thuggery? Perhaps to lessen the chance of citizens rising up and defending not only themselves, but their dignity as human beings.

    This has got to stop!! Governments have got to realize that they are not in an “Us v. Them” game. They are there for US, the citizens, and not to harass those that they feel warrant harassment because of a perceived or concocted wrong.

    I think it would do those at the helm to remember that, “Those who do not understand their history are destined to repeat it”. The people have a way of rising up…..look overseas.

    • Shawn Irwin

      He ordered them inside for his safety. He is there alone with the guy resisting is he supposed to run away, cry or make the arrest? From this video you can make the judgement that the cop lumped him up? Why were the cops called? Who was the victim of the call? These things will never be answered here because this page is out to destroy cops. They say that a badge doesn’t give you extra rights, sure it does do you go out on patrol and make car stops? If your faced with a dangerous situation you can run away a cop has no obligation to retreat which means he has to handle the situation. So just marinate on what I said for awhile.

      • Paulina Paulino

        “He ordered them inside for his safety.” – How idiotic. If he felt “unsafe”, why would he even approach them?

        • Shawn Irwin

          How many people were there? Of course the cop strict hii in the head with his baton (couldn’t be anywhere else right) because that was on the video and he was bleeding from the head in the still picture wasn’t he? Your just trash jumping on the band wagon. Make you feel that your part of a group now? Idiot

  • Teejay

    Don’t matter what that boy did. Police leave shit like that up to the judge. They don’t take matter into their own hands. Boy in handcuffs and they still beating him. And fa y’all with these racist ass comments that’s somebody child. What or how would you feel if somebody did y’all child like this.

    • Shawn Irwin

      My child is white can’t happen

  • Go stand in the middle of 95,,and run full speed into a truck you racist bitch

    • Shawn Irwin

      Crackers? That term comes from the white man making a cracking sound with a whip that mDe a cracking noise. Ever since the whips went away so did them working

  • Kill yourself slow and sexy cracker

    • Shawn Irwin

      Nigger

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  • S.

    How well do your local cops protect and enforce your private property rights? Anti-property rights agenda?

  • sopwithcamel

    at the 36 point, a caption states that Vance Richards is a Prince George officer.

    The Prince George County Police is a totally different agency. As officer Richards is clearly wearing a Petersburg Police Dept badge and uniform

    More important: Richards should be fired for excessive and unjustifiable use of force and be charged with at least battery and possibly deprivation of civil rights under color of law.

    Thomas’s case should be dismissed

    • Shawn Irwin

      He ordered them inside for his safety. He is there alone with the guy resisting is he supposed to run away, cry or make the arrest? From this video you can make the judgement that the cop lumped him up? Why were the cops called? Who was the victim of the call? These things will never be answered here because this page is out to destroy cops. They say that a badge doesn’t give you extra rights, sure it does do you go out on patrol and make car stops? If your faced with a dangerous situation you can run away a cop has no obligation to retreat which means he has to handle the situation. So just marinate on what I said for awhile and think about it

  • Ann

    I could feel sorry for him if he wore his pants properly.

  • Shawn Irwin

    Why were the cops called in the first place? No one will answer that! Notice how we don’t see him until he is bleeding? What did he look like before. This man was actively resisting, listen to the video and watch him pull away fron the officer. He is there alone with at least 6 people who are against him. He had to do what he had to do. If you were him what would you have done when effecting an arrest with a guy fighting you.

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