Suffolk County, Long Island — A family feud ends in arrests and a wild video that now has the people involved alleging police brutality.
Thomas Demint was on his way to work when he spotted Suffolk officers arresting a friend, his friend’s brother and their mom after an altercation. The video shows a woman on the floor while a heated argument ensues between one of the woman’s son’s and the arresting officer. The officer can be heard saying “You’re next!” and when the man challenges the officer, the two get into a physical altercation resulting in the man being tased.
Demint recorded the wild scene and insists he was not in the way of the officer’s even being heard telling the man to calm down several times. Suffolk County police responded in a statement saying, “Thomas Demint interfered with officers by shouting obscenities toward police officers and paramedics as well as entering the scene several times after he was told not to.”
Demint’s attorney says that after the scene had calmed, Demint was walking away when three police officers jumped him on the back, threw him down to the floor and cuffed him, cuffed him and arrested on charges of obstruction.
Demint,20, says cops on the scene tried to erase the video from his phone but deleted the wrong clips and since then he’s been stopped by police several times.
Suffolk Police issued the following statement on the incident:
Suffolk County Police officers responded to a Center Moriches home after a 911 caller reported an adult male was attempting suicide on May 21, 2014 at approximately 11:10 a.m. When police arrived, officers attempted to administer aid to the suicidal man when his family intervened. While police were attempting to calm down those involved, Thomas Demint interfered with officers by shouting obscenities toward police officers and paramedics as well as entering the scene several times after he was told not to. Mr. Demint’s actions diverted officers’ attention away from the suicidal man and Mr. Demint had to be physically escorted away from the scene. Mr. Demint was placed under arrest for Obstructing Governmental Administration and Resisting Arrest.
The Suffolk County Police Department has not received a complaint from Mr. Demint nor have we received a copy of the video. Department officials will reach out to Mr. Demint regarding his claims. A thorough investigation will be conducted into Mr. Demint’s complaint to find out exactly what happened.
The Suffolk County Police Department respects the civil rights of all members of the public. These rights extend to bystanders at police scenes; however, bystanders must not interfere with police operations or create a safety risk to the public. Bystanders may record video as long as they do not enter restricted areas, interfere with police operations, violate any laws or compromise the safety of officers.