Lawyers Call For Petersburg Officers’ Arrest

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) – Lawyers and citizens are calling for some Petersburg police officers to be arrested, after 19-year-old Devin Thomas was arrested in Petersburg on June 10th.

Thomas claims he was filming a video when an officer approached him, knocked his phone out of his hand and assaulted him for filming.

“I wasn’t doing anything but recording and I was attacked by police,” says Thomas. “They made me look like a criminal, had blood rushing down my face.”

Thomas has been charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduction.

Malik Shabazz, the president of Black Lawyers for Justice is one of the attorneys representing Thomas. He says his client’s constitutional rights were violated.

“If there is any justice in this town, those officers that assaulted him and attacked him, they should be brought on trial,” says Shabazz.

Petersburg police told 8News the department cannot comment because the investigation is ongoing.

The case has been moved from Petersburg and is now in the hands of the commonwealth’s attorney in Colonial Heights. In an emailed statement from that office, a representative wrote. “We are the special prosecutors appointed by the circuit court for the city of Petersburg and entered our appearance [Wednesday] in general district court. Unfortunately we cannot comment on a case that is pending”

Thomas is scheduled to appear in court July 16th.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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