UPGRADE!!! ASSAULT CHARGES AGAINST TWO KCPD OFFICERS INCREASED TO FELONY EXCESSIVE FORCE AGAINST TRANSGENDER LADY WHO SUFFERED VIOLENT STREET MURDER LATER!!!
Last year's drama outside of a beauty supply store ESCALATES amid campaign season and growing demands for police accountability in the aftermath of Black Lives Matter protests.
Sadly, there's not much outcry against the suspect who killed this victim months later in a completely separate incident.
Here's the latest news update in the local law enforcement push back . . .
Two KCPD officers now face felony charges for using excessive force in 2019 arrest
A Jackson County grand jury today indicted two Kansas City police officers for felony assault after they used excessive force in arresting a citizen on a Kansas City sidewalk in May 2019, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced.
The officers had been facing a misdemeanor charge.
In May, a grand jury indicted the two defendants -- Matthew G. Brummett, dob: 2/14/1983, and Charles Prichard, dob: 11/13/1972 -- for the misdemeanor charge of Assault 4th Degree for recklessly causing pain to the victim, Bryan Hill, also known as Breona Hill or Briya Hill.*
Today, the grand jury, after taking further testimony, indicted those two officers, Brummett and Prichard, for the Class E Felony of Assault in the 3rd Degree, for knowingly causing physical injury to the victim by slamming her face against the concrete sidewalk, kneeing her in the face, torso and ribs and forcing her arms over her head while cuffed.*
The victim in this case was shot to death in October 2019 in a residence on Hardesty in Kansas City. A defendant has been charged in connection with that shooting.
The foreman of the grand jury signed an affidavit today detailing the new evidence the grand jurors considered in their investigation of the arrest of Bryan Hill. According to that affidavit, witnesses came forward after the initial May indictment of the officers. One witness, who was lead defensive tactics instructor in the summer of 2019 at the Regional Police Academy looked at media reports, including a video, about the arrest. This witness said there were several issues with force used during the arrest. The instructor’s commanders supported the instructor’s conclusions and raised other issues about the arrest they believed were not justified. The two officers were made to go through retraining.
A second witness who was a former defensive tactics instructor also reviewed the media reports and contacted a member of KCPD command staff to say there were issues with the force used during the arrest, the affidavit also stated.
Evidence was also presented to the grand jury about the extent of the victim’s injuries as a result of the force used during the arrest, according to the affidavit.
The prosecutor’s office will make no further comment on this case.
Check the links:
KSHB: Charges upgraded to felony assault against 2 KCPD officers
KCUR: Charges Against Two Kansas City Policemen Upgraded To Felonies In Beating Of Transgender Woman
Fox4: On Friday, a grand jury upgraded the officers charges to third-degree assault, a felony charge, in the arrest of Breona Hill.
KMBC: Officers were originally indicted on a misdemeanor charge in Breona Hill's arrest
KCTV5: 2 KCPD officers now facing felony charges in excessive force case
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