Police in St. Louis admit to beating wrong black man
Joseph Swink was returning home from an internship when he became caught in the middle of a high-speed chase. Swink crashed his car while trying to avoid the police chase of Anton Simmons. Instead of avoiding the pursuit, Swink was mistaken for Simmons and brutally beaten by the police. Swink suffered severe damage to his ear as a result of the beating.
“They ended up grabbing him [Swink], tossing him to the ground, and were trying to handcuff him. All the sirens and lights were going off. It was very loud and they couldn’t hear anything the citizen was saying,” said St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez.
“I never really had 100 percent trust in police before. But I really don’t now,” Swink told the news station.