"Just Don't Know What I Did Wrong": 83-Year-Old Man Aggressively Beaten By Michigan Police Who Refuse To Release Dash Cam Footage
The global dashboard camera market, in terms of revenue, was valued at $1,458.2 million in 2013 and is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 15.3% during the period from 2014 to 2020. That's because dash cameras are an exceedingly useful tool for both police officers and everyday citizens. However, when police blatantly refuse to release dash cam footage, it's a serious cause for suspicion and most likely means that they're trying to keep something hidden that could get them in trouble.
That's why many people are defending 83-year-old Larry Sevenski, who Michigan police claim assaulted them on St. Patrick's Day, leading them to slam him to the ground, breaking his arm and nose. However, they're refusing to release the dash cam footage to prove it.
It all started when Sevenski, owner of Larry's Seven-Ski Inn for more than 50 years, was informed by his customers that there were troopers parked across from his restaurant. When he got into his car and drove across U.S. 131 in Antrim, he was pulled over for allegedly failing to use a turn signal when making a u-turn.
That's when things became heated.
Police say Sevenski stepped out of his car upon being pulled over. They claim that he "clenched and cocked his fist," making them fear for their safety.
“The subject then grabbed ahold of the trooper’s wrist and proceeded to make a fist in an assaultive motion. At that point, the trooper initiated his defensive tactics techniques and brought the subject to the ground,” says 1st Lt. Mark Harris, Michigan State Police Gaylord Post.
However, Sevenski says he simply wanted to talk to the officers to see if there was a problem. Instead, he ended up in the hospital.
“They said I couldn't talk to them. I was breaking some kind of law, I don't know. It got crazy, all at once...the next thing I know, I was on the ground,” Sevenski told 9 and 10 News.
Lt. Harris says, “If he would have complied with the orders of the trooper, got back in the car and not become aggressive and assaultive, he would not have ended up on the ground.”
If the troopers' recollection of the event is truthful, they should have no problem releasing the dash cam footage as evidence. But surprisingly enough, they've refused to release it, despite receiving formal requests from several media agencies.
“They handcuffed me, and they hurt very bad because I have a reversed shoulder and I can’t put my arm behind my body,” explains Sevenski. “Everybody’s worried about me. I’ve been worried about me, too. Just don’t know what I did wrong.”
Incidents like these leave victims questioning what they can do to speak out. And while an estimated 93% of marketers use social media for business purposes, protesters also turn to social media as a vigorous platform of discussion. Because despite the fact that consumers are exposed to an average of 3,000 ads and promotional messages every day, stories of police brutality and corruption tend to spread like wildfire on social media. These stories are often shared by people who have witnessed or been involved in similar confrontations with officers that are legally obligated to uphold the law and morally obligated to not use excessive force or withhold evidence.
Needless to say, something needs to change.
Luckily, Sevenski has a legal team that is adamantly supporting him.
“Based upon the fact that we’ve reviewed this matter with my client, Mr. Stevenski, he maintains his innocence and we vehemently look forward to providing with him with a proper defense and exonerating him,” said Rick Steiger, one of Sevenski’s two attorneys.
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