A Philadelphia cop inadvertently pulled over while pulling an illegal move … at least that’s the claim of a man who recorded his own arrest, only to see this video deleted – allegedly by the officer who took it. stopped – and now a trial is coming.
According to the police report … a Philly cop identified as Officer Burnett says he noticed a van idling for 10 to 15 minutes at a gas station in March, so police checked the plates and she came back to Jacob Giddings.
Cops say Giddings had an active warrant for assault, so Constable Burnett asked him to get out of the vehicle, and when he “started to resist” … Burnett used force to get him out.
However, Burnett’s body camera was activated and as you can see she captured Giddings apparently recording the incident on her phone from inside her truck. This fact is not mentioned in the police report.
From Burnett’s body camera, it looks like Giddings lost his phone in the fight. Later, after Giddings’ detention, the officer picked up the phone and appeared to have access to the footage. He presses a few controls, but the pictures don’t clearly show what he did.
Giddings, from the backseat of the police car, is heard asking Burnett if the video is still on his phone, and the cop says he doesn’t know – but Giddings believes Burnett deleted the video.
According to the police report, cops also found marijuana on Giddings and he was arrested and charged with one count of resisting arrest and one count of drug possession. During the bust, he suffered minor cuts to his wrist from the handcuffs and was taken to hospital for treatment.
Giddings called in his lawyer, and his lawyer, Mills of Donte, tells TMZ… they will sue the Philadelphia PD for excessive force and assault, tampering with evidence, false arrest and malicious prosecution.
Mills says they later retrieved Giddings’ arrest video from his iCloud account. We’re told Giddings is still being sued, and he doesn’t think Burnett has been penalized.
We have contacted the Philly PD … no word so far.