Caught on camera: Richmond man claims police brutality

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Richmond man claims police brutality, and he says he has the video to prove it. It's even gotten the attention of Richmond's chief of police.

"They roughed me up real bad," alleged victim Maurice Moore said. "Yeah, they tased me, had me in a choke hold and punched me." Moore was rushed to the hospital. The video dates back to June 2013, but it recently showed up on YouTube.

"They never asked for an ID or anything," Moore said. "They just ran up and approached me."

He was charged with resisting arrest, assault on a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct. "I stopped trusting the people that I put my trust in as far as protecting me."

So why did police stop Moore? Well, according to court documents, he was allegedly littering.

"I am more than willing to sit down with Mr. Moore," Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham said. "He has presented this information to the news media, but he has not notified the police department." Chief Durham said internal affairs tried contacting Moore at least five times over the past few years, but he said Moore refused to address the caught on camera incident.

"Was this too far?" NBC12 asked Chief Durham. "I wouldn't say it went too far," Chief Durham replied. "Officers have discretion."

The chief encourages citizens to comply with officers demands. "I think the officers were doing their job and tried to affect an arrest for a violation of the law, and whether Mr. Moore likes it or not," Chief Durham said. "He had a duty to himself to come and follow up, but every attempt that we made, he never wanted to talk to us. You can't have it both ways."

The chief says there's one lesson here. "If you feel you are not getting the service that you feel you should get from your police department, file a complaint. I need to hear that."

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