Video Of Police Beating Unarmed Black Man On OU’s Campus Disturbing

Source:  Graham Lee Brewer /NewsOk

In the above video I discuss the case of Willie Joshua Cannon, 23, who was arrested Monday by Norman and University of Oklahoma police officers on complaints of interference and outraging public decency. Cannon was being held Tuesday in the Cleveland County jail.

Click here to watch a video of the arrest, which circulated online Tuesday, shows police restraining and pounding Cannon in broad daylight right on the University of Oklahoma’s campus.

According to an arrest report released Tuesday, witnesses alleged that Cannon (who is reported to be homeless) was looking up the skirts of two females on Campus Corner, a very popular area of businesses, clubs, and resturants situated next to campus, and was following them very closely. A woman who filled out a complaint against Cannon said a witness informed her Cannon was also touching himself inappropriately as he followed the two women.

Police said that before his arrest, Cannon was asked by officers to sign a docket on the complaint. When he refused, he was told he had 10 seconds to sign the docket or be arrested, police wrote in the their report.

In the police report, an officer wrote that Cannon refused to place his hands behind his back and the officer used his Taser on Cannon three times — once in the thigh, once in the back beneath the shoulder blade and once on the upper arm.

The man who shot the video, Blake Wilson, 20, of Oklahoma City, used his cellphone and posted the clip to Facebook soon after. Wilson, a sophomore business entrepreneurship major at OU, said he was on his way to class when he walked close to the man in the video, who was sitting on the sidewalk as officers asked him questions. Wilson said the incident took place next to the Bizzell Memorial Library.

“Really, it was just him talking to (police),” Wilson said. “It was pretty calm, he wasn’t in handcuffs or anything. And, he was just giving them information, it seemed like.”

Wilson said he began recording video when police attempted to handcuff the man.

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