DA Drops Charges After Video Shows Man Acted in Self-Defense Against Violent Cop
On April 17, 2015, Brooks was arrested on charges of suspicion of heroin possession. He was brought into the custody of the Elizabeth Borough police department and chained to a bench.
As the altercation begins, Brooks is seen standing up when officer Garrett Kimmell approaches and tries to grab Brooks’ throat. Not wanting to be choked or have his trachea crushed, Brooks attempted to push Kimmell’s hands away.
Pushing away Kimmell’s hands caused the officer to begin punching Brooks. As the punches start to fly at his face, Brooks begins to fight back in an act of defense. However, it appears that he quickly realized that the fight is futile, since he was chained to a bench in a police station, and so he raised his hands and submitted.