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ACLU Releases Video of Police Officer’s Violent Assault on Minnesota Motorist

Off-duty officer Joe Joswiak pulled over Minnesota motorist Anthony Promvongsa for driving aggressively in July of 2016 and immediately began violently assaulting him. The ACLU just released dash cam of the incident and is calling for an investigation into officer Joswiak, who has not been disciplined.

The released video shows a police car pulling a U-turn to pull over Promvongsa, who immediately pulls over. An officer exits the squad car and immediately begins yelling with gun drawn “Open up the door motherf-cker, show me your f-cking hands.” The officer then opens the driver’s side door and begins violently physically assaulting the driver. The officer knees the driver, punches him, drags him to the ground and more. The officer’s physical assault on the driver began within seconds of pulling him over. Promvongsa released a statement through the ACLU:

“I did not even have the opportunity to take off my seat belt before I was literally blindsided with this unnecessary attack. I immediately pulled over for the Worthington squad car, and before I know what was happening, I was beat and ripped from my vehicle.”

The officers’ involved allege “Promvongsa was the provocateur in a road-rage encounter that started about 9:30 a.m. on July 28. Promvongsa is accused of several aggressive acts toward the car of an off-duty Worthington police officer, including tailgating, swerving, making hand gestures out the window and closing in at a high rate of speed before stopping just short of the officer’s vehicle.”

Promvongsa is facing charges of resisting arrest, assault with a dangerous weapon, fleeing police in a vehicle, marijuana possession and driving after his license was revoked. The video clearly shows Promvongsa did not have time to resist arrest before being assaulted.

According to Twin Cities Daily Planet, the Promvongsa family, the Minnesota chapter of the ACLU and Asian activist organization RadAzns are calling on the Minnesota community to contact Worthington and Nobles County officials to demand justice.

Contact Worthington Police Chief Troy Appel at [email protected] and learn more at the ACLU’s website.


Lauren von Bernuth

Lauren is one of the co-founders of Citizen Truth. She graduated with a degree in Political Economy from Tulane University. She spent the following years backpacking around the world and starting a green business in the health and wellness industry. She found her way back to politics and discovered a passion for journalism dedicated to finding the truth.

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