by Brian A. Wilkins
Peoria, IL police thugs Andrew Smith (L)
and Gerald Suelter (R) face multiple charges.
Bryce Scott, the victim, was outside of his girlfriend’s house on May 3, 2008. His girlfriend’s mother called police because Scott was “outside her home,” according to the civil lawsuit filed by Mr. Scott, 34, in Peoria County Circuit Court on January 13. Mr. Scott led the police on a brief chase, before stopping and surrendering. The video, caught on the cops’ dash cam, tells the story from here:
Scott said he was kicked, stomped, punched, and Tasered several times by the thug cops. Scott was not charged with any crimes that night. The police said Scott “became combative” while on the ground, which is why they beat him. Peoria County Attorney Kevin Lyons said he did not file charges sooner because he was unaware of the incident until after Scott filed the civil suit. Thugs Smith and Suelter were arrested and booked into Peoria County Jail on March 16. Each face identical counts of official misconduct, aggravated battery, battery, and mob action. Shane Voyles, the attorney representing the thugs, accused Lyons of filing the charges in retaliation for Peoria Police Union backing a different candidate for State’s Attorney last year. Both thugs’ bail was set at $10,000. Scott is currently being held in that same Peoria County Jail on separate charges.
The good news in all this is the fact the two rogue cops are being made to answer charges of thuggery under color of law. It’s a shame Mr. Scott is also in jail, apparently on charges of possession with intent to deliver heroine. If he needed money, why couldn’t he just wait for the civil suit to complete its course? The fact is, Scott is in jail for non-violent drug crimes, which I’ve always maintained should be punishable by treatment instead of clogging up jails and prisons with potheads.
There are so many elements to this story, its hard to comment much right now. Scott is facing criminal charges, the two thugs are facing criminal charges, more Peoria cops may be charged in the incident, and the civil suit vs. Peoria police and the individual cops. We’ll keep you up to date as it all unfolds.