A police officer in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, had an emotional meltdown as he stopped, harassed and repeatedly cursed at an innocent man driving near his railroad work site on Dec. 28, 2016.
Newly-surfaced police body cam video shows the hysterical cop, officer Matthew Mercado stopping and handcuffing Adam Finley for having out-of-state license plates.
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in August 2016 that police cannot stop people simply for having out-of-state plates, reported The Associated Press.
After Mercado violated the court ruling, he falsely claimed that Finley “got up on me” and became “hostile and aggressive.”
Finley calmly denied the allegations, but still apologized in an apparent effort to calm Mercado down.
Mercado threatened Finley with jail, and falsely accused Finley of obstruction of justice and assaulting a peace officer.
The crazed cop lectured Finley on how to behave, and told Finley that he was was suspicious because he had out-of-state plates.
Mercado falsely accused Finley being ‘aggressive and hostile” again, before finally releasing Finley from handcuffs.
Mercado also threatened to tase Finley in the future.
Finley tried to file a complaint, but was interrogated by Chief of Police Chris Kirksey and Officer Matt Cook and, later, charged by Cook for refusal to submit and obstructing governmental operations, notes NEA Report.
Finley was acquitted of the bogus charges on April 3, 2018.
Finley has now filed a lawsuit against the City of Walnut Ridge, its police chief, mayor, and two police officers.
Mercado left the police department in February 2017.