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Man beaten with handcuffed wants former JPD officer charged with hate crime

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

There are new startling images caught on camera of a former JPD officer striking a handcuffed suspect.

Ladarius Brown, the man who suffered the repeated blows, wants that fired officer off the streets and jailed on hate crime charges.

Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance says Officer Justin Roberts was fired Monday after an internal investigation into several video clips of the incident were provided to the police department.

Monday, the victim, Ladarius Brown, is telling his side of the story at City Hall downtown.

"I was just in shock about it," said Brown. "I'm still in shock about it".

The newly released cellphone images show Brown in what appears to be a choke hold.

The 21-year-old was also repeatedly punched by Roberts while in handcuffs.

Brown wants criminal charges against the former law officer.

"It was nothing said. We were asking them to leave off our property," added Brown. "It's private property. We asked them to leave off, and it led to something else".

Brown's attorney, Carlos Moore, says his client was targeted by Roberts because of his sexual orientation.

"Why did he choose Mr. Brown to treat like this? Is it because Mr. Brown is black? Is it because he's a gay man," asked Moore. "We believe this was a hate crime".

Brown says that he wants the former officer arrested and charged with a hate crime. 

In the video, you can see the officer shoving the suspect, Ladarius Brown, into the side of his hair salon on Cooper Road. The officer then strikes him twice in the head, all while his wrists are handcuffed behind his back.

Police were called to a hair salon for a disturbance Saturday. Employees at the salon say it centered around a vehicle repossession, and the car belonged to a friend of Brown.

Brown said he was dragged from the car by the officer.

Chief Vance says he was disappointed in the officer's actions, but that not all of the officers who were present violated the departments code of conduct or training.

"We've been talking for months about how we're not going to condone misconduct on behalf of JPD police officers," Chief Vance explained. "It's not representative of what were trying to build here and it's certainly not an indicator as to how the rest of our police officers behave."

Employees at the hair salon said the whole incident escalated very quickly. They say Brown actually knew Officer Roberts and allowed him to handcuff him before he was assaulted in the video.

Brown was charged with no drivers license, no insurance, and simple assault.

The attorney also claims Roberts has a violent past and should not have been on the force.

"Just a few years back someone hired me to sue Justin Roberts civilly. He shot my client Adrian Jackson in the back seven times when he was a security guard," added Moore. "So he went from being a security guard shooting someone in the back seven times to being hired by the City of Jackson".

Officials with the Jackson Police Department said Roberts is required to have a probable cause hearing, because he was on duty at the time of the incident.

He filed simple assault charges against Roberts Monday.

Brown also plans to sue for civil damages. No amount was released during the news conference.

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