FORMER VETERANS AFFAIRS POLICE OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO ABUSING VETERAN

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[Police Brutality\Veterans Affairs]
Surveillance videos recorded B.H. walking away from the hospital as Nicholson followed behind him on the sidewalk. Despite the fact that B.H. was leaving the premises as ordered, Nicholson arrested him three minutes later.
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Former Veterans Affairs Police Officer Norman Nicholson used his badge to brutalize a Veteran.

Recorded on surveillance video assaulting a handcuffed veteran, a former police officer with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Bay Pines, Florida, recently pleaded guilty to one count of depriving an individual of his Fourth Amendment right to a reasonable search and seizure under the color of law and one count of knowingly making false entries in a report with the intent to obstruct an investigation within the jurisdiction of a federal agency.

At approximately 8 p.m. on June 15, 2018, a U.S. army veteran identified only as “B.H.” entered Bay Pines VA emergency department seeking treatment. Due to the fact that B.H. did not have an appointment, he was instructed to return the next day.

A few hours later, at approximately 12:57 a.m. on June 16, 2018, B.H. returned to the hospital. He was recorded on surveillance video checking in at the front desk before taking a seat in the waiting room. A few minutes later, VA Police Officer Norman Nicholson approached B.H. and ordered him to leave. According to surveillance footage and the recent plea agreement, B.H. complied with Nicholson’s orders and exited the facility.

Surveillance videos recorded B.H. walking away from the hospital as Nicholson followed behind him on the sidewalk. Despite the fact that B.H. was leaving the premises as ordered, Nicholson arrested him three minutes later.

In doing so, Nicholson swung the veteran around, and placed both of the veteran’s hands behind his back. The veteran did not resist the arrest and moved his left arm behind his back on his own.

After B.H. was already handcuffed and in custody, Nicholson used his left hand to shove the veteran’s head against the fence. He then used his right hand to pull the veteran’s legs apart, causing him to fall face first into the fence and then to the ground.

For the rest of this story go here: https://www.nationofchange.org/2020/03/26/former-veterans-affairs-police...

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