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Caught On Tape

Cops Attack Actors

1/6/2009 4:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained video showing the arrest of Josh Brolin and Jeffrey Wright last July, and it looks like the cops had their sights set on an ass-whuppin'.

Brolin arrest: Click to watch

It all went down in Shreveport, LA in July. Both actors were arrested for allegedly interfering with an officer. The tape we obtained begins with a passive Brolin -- his arm around fellow-actor Jeffrey Wright -- when a cop pepper sprays him in the face. But it gets more brutal -- when Wright is laying on the ground and it appears a cop repeatedly tasers him.

Today Blair Berk, the lawyer for Brolin and Wright, convinced prosecutors to dismiss all charges against all seven defendants in March, provided they obey the law until then.

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76.

Admirer of Pictures    

Sorry E-nraged, it is exactly like that. Here in Portland, Oregon. When they shoot and kill someone they'd have a BBQ at someone backyard in Gresham. A neighbor of one of the cops told me. She also said he a neighborhood bully too.

Like Thun said anyone could become a police officer. Very little screening and training. One of them tried to date my 11 old sister and harassed my family afterwards when she said no. US is becoming a sad to live.

2114 days ago
77.

HonestAbe    

#71 I was so touched by your pithy remarks to good ole Tom, that I wish we could have a parade. You and Tom are lost in your gobblydegook! These police officers were a disgrace to their profession. Also, both actors have a right to voice their feelings. I do believe that we still have the Bill of Rights. Perhaps, you should peruse them. Cops do have a tough job, but they should well-trained before they wear a badge. And their training is not synonymous with the training one receives in parts of Europe and in Canada as Thun so adeptly pointed out.

2114 days ago
78.

Redacted    

"If they would just done what they were told, it would not have happened." --- This statement is a perfect example of the fall of the American character. What has happened to our country that we now produce citizens who excuse this sort of behavior - and blame the victim to boot? What has happened to our country that we now produce citizens so willing to abdicate their own personal sovereignty and allow themselves to be bossed around by bullies with badges? Know your rights. A police officer does not have the right to detain you unless you are being placed under arrest. Please America - Don't let us become a country of servile drones. Don't let these pathetic little bullies intimidate you. Though they have shredded the Bill of Rights with addendums and qualifiers, this is still a free country. We cannot let incidents like this go by without a serious counter-reaction - The loss of freedoms is like a snowball rolling down a hill......It gains momentum, and it gets harder and harder to reverse the course. Over time, each new generation grows up a little less free, and a little more predisposed to accept further losses. In very short order, the American experiment could end with scarcely a whimper.

As far as the cops go, imo the basic problem - much of the time - comes down to stupid. In a free society, the role of the law enforcement official is one of sacred importance. Far too often, the people least suited to hold such a position are the ones most likely to seek it out. The stupid, the aggressive, the deeply insecure and unstable (those seeking a career that gives them a feeling of power and control). These are the people that should never be allowed anywhere near a position with this kind of responsibility, yet they make up a frightening percentage of those that fill the ranks. What's more, it's guaranteed to get progressively worse year after year as one generation of stupid and/or borderline personalities trains the next generation of stupid and/or borderline personalities. Personally, i think we need to start requiring a mandatory, highly specialized two - four year degree for any position in law enforcement. In conjunction with this move, we would also have to significantly increase their pay and benefits.This change would weed out nearly all of the dangerous personality types that are currently so pervasive, and it would attract some of our best and brightest, those that sincerely want to serve and protect their society.

Something has to change - we are fast becoming a police state. Worse, as the comment i quoted demonstrates, our national collective unconscious is becoming more and more willing to accept - and even advocate - our own subjugation. This is America, people - the greatest experiment in freedom and self-determination ever attempted by mankind - we owe it to past and future generations to make sure it doesn't falter and fail.

2114 days ago
79.

pussyhunger    

I don't believe this video. TMZ always tries to make things look serious to get people attention...

2114 days ago
80.

Thatcher    

As a retired Shreveport Police Officer with 28 years of service I find no excuse for the way Brolin and crew were treated during this incident. I do believe the have a very good case in civil court if decide to pursue it.

2114 days ago
81.

shreveport use to be    

I LIVED IN SHREVEPORT LOUISIANA FOR 18 YEARS. IT IS A BOTTOMLESS PIT. ONCE YOUR THERE YOU CAN'T GE T OUT AND THE COPS STINK ROYALLY. THEY ARE ALWAYS PUSHING THE LIMITS AND DOING THINGS THEY ARE NOT SUPPOSE TO DO. JUST LIKE THE LADY THAT WAS TAKEN IN A BACK ROOM AT ONE OF THE LOCAL POLICE STATIONS AND BEATEN AND SHE SUED AND THE COPS WERE EITHER FIRED OF SUSPENDED. THEY ARE ALWAYS TRYING TO COVER SOMETHING UP. WHEN I LIVED THERE ME AND MY HUSBAND AT THE TIME GOT PULLED OVER FOR DRIVING THRU DOWN TOWN ONE NIGHT AND THEY HASSELED US BECAUSE WE DIDN'T NOTICE THE CHANGE IN LANES ON A ONE WAY STREET. I WAS CARRYING A 2 GALLON BOTTLE OF APPLE JUICE FOR MY SON AND THEY TRIED TO ACCUSE US OF BEING DRUNK. THEY MADE ME BREAK THE SEAL ON THE BOTTLE AND SMELLED IT TO MAKE SURE IT WAS APPLE JUICE. TOTAL B. S. BUT TYPICAL SHREVEPORT!!!

2114 days ago
82.

chrisa    

cops have to be the most corrupt and dispicable people on the planet. i would never call the cops if i were in trouble and needed help, they would make matters worse.
i say sue the bastards and take their badges! throw them in jail into the general population, then see how tough they are!

2114 days ago
83.

stw    

tazers can kill, people defending the police need to ask themselves if this happened to a friend of mine, would it be ok if they were shot to death? sometimes tazers kill with no warning.
take care,
stw

2114 days ago
84.

poopsi    

IT JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU THAT RACISM STILL EXISTS . AND YOUR GIONG TO SEE ALOT MORE OF THIS TYPE OF BRUTALITY, BECAUSE THERE ARE ALOT OF PEOPLE ANGRY AT THE FACT WE HAVE A BLACK PRESIDENT

2114 days ago
85.

sukitwo    

I lived in New Orleans, La. The police there are a rough, tough bunch. You would never would want to interfere, if they are arresting or questioning someone!!! I imagine the police in Shreveport, La. are similar to those in New Orleans or really anywhere!! Think twice before you start questioning what they are doing!!! It does look like the police overreacted to these guys!! You just never know how they will react, if someone questions them while they are doing their job. Maybe they will see this tape and realize they could have handled the situation better!! I wonder what the police were doing to make these guys want to interfere? Maybe they were using excessive force with someone that looked like they were being abusive!!!!

2114 days ago
86.

Beth    

To # 82...RACISM?? Huh? The actors are white and all but one of the police officers are black, and it was the black cop who did most of the damage! So, your opinion makes no since whatsoever!

2114 days ago
87.

poopsi    

to 83 that was my point exactly, if it was white cops everyone would have taken thier side.so you just proved my point
oh and one of the actors is black ' so we know where you stand on race issues, you can,t tell who is white or black

2114 days ago
88.

trippin    

"If they had done what they were told this wouldn't have happened"..."Cops don't arrest people for no reaason"..."The b!tch with the camera should be prosecuted"...

What a bunch of fascist police-state-advocating totalitarian pigs. For your information, cops SHOOT people for no reason. They SODOMIZE PEOPLE WITH PLUNGERS for no reason. They BEAT and KICK people for no reason. And what you complain about is not what they did, but that there was a video of it? Pathetic.

You people are aick. We have become the Soviet Union, and you all just think that's dandy, that's how freakin over-the-top sick you are.

These cops need to be put behind bars like the common thugs they are, in order to send a message to other cops that brutality will not be tolerated.

2114 days ago
89.

WHY WAS MY POST DELETED???    

My post was #8 last night - this morning it is gone. I made comments about the Shreveport Police and how they step over thier bounds regularly. I made a comment about a man that was spread eagle on his car hood and searched for a sesame seed on the front seat next to him from a burger king whopper. Please - tell me someone saw that post?! And now..it's gone. I think my point was just proven.

2114 days ago
90.

C.C.    

Apparently the police wanted to arrest these guys for what happened inside of the club which was not videotaped and they resisted by first holding on to each other. We do not know what happened prior to the cops showing up or when the first officers actually arrived on scene, so we do not know if the officers told them they were under arrest. (Very convienant TMZ) Instead of getting into another major confrontation with these obviously drunk guys, the officers used restraint and first tried to pepper spray them. It worked on one guy but not the other. The other guy still refused to follow orders and did not place his hands behind his back like I am sure he was told to. He choose to resist. Once again the officers choose not to fight with this gentleman so they used a contact tase in order to get him to comply. The contact tase is not as strong as the darts (especially when a person is under the influence) so sometimes it takes multiple times for that person to get the hint. It would be stupid to even try and prosecute these cops or even discipline them for doing there jobs. I understand police officers choose their profession but they should be able to go home, to their families at night without being hurt just like the criminals you are trying to protect. If these actors were punching you in the face while in the club, would you want the police to just let them go because they did not want to be arrested?

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