Anthony Promvongsa has filed a lawsuit against Officer Joe Joswiak who was caught on a police dash cam video kneeing and hitting Promvongsa in July 2016 in Worthington, Minnesota.
Joswiak is heard screaming at Promvongsa: “Get the f*ck out of the car, motherf*cker. Show me your hands!” as he begins hitting Promvongsa with knees, fists, and elbows.
Worthington Police Sgt. Tim Gaul reportedly turned the audio off soon after the violent incident began.
After being pummeled, Promvongsa was charged with multiple felonies related the incident.
Two off-duty officers claimed that Promvongsa tailgated their vehicle, pulled near them and threatened to attack, notes WCCO.
Joswiak later found Promvongsa’s SUV, and claimed that Promvongsa didn’t pull over right away.
The police dash cam video shows Promvongsa pulling over, Joswiak running up to the vehicle, and Joswiak punching and kneeing Promvongsa who was still in his seatbelt.
The ACLU of Minnesota, which represents Promvongsa, filed an excessive force lawsuit against the Worthington Police Department, the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force and the City of Worthington.
Promvongsa recalled the incident on the ACLU of Minnesota website:
I was driving to my GED orientation at the Worthington Area Learning Center. But as I was driving to my class, two off-duty officers in an unmarked police car confronted me. They stopped in the road so that I couldn’t pass and accused me of tailgating them. They were aggressive—one even pulled out his gun. Because I didn’t want any trouble, I turned my car around to head home…
I heard Officer Joswiak yelling, but I didn’t even have a chance to roll down my window to hear his orders. He yanked open my door, his gun pointing right at me. I thought he was going to kill me. Then he began punching and kneeing me. I didn’t even have a chance to unbuckle my seatbelt, that’s how fast everything happened. His blows were so violent, I actually came out of my shoes.
I had no idea why Officer Joswiak was so angry—why he pulled out his gun and started yelling, cussing, and kneeing me. He just opened my door and immediately started to assault me.