Sonoma County prosecutors ask judge to order removal of police brutality videos from Youtube (Press Democrat)
Wednesday February 22nd, 2012
Sonoma County prosecutors are seeking a court order to remove two videos posted on the Internet that appear to show a Santa Rosa police officer pummeling a West County artist during an arrest.
Deputy District Attorney Andrew Lukas has requested that lawyers for Thomas Flournoy, 49, who was charged with obstructing officers, be forced to take down the videos posted on YouTube and linked to a story in The Press Democrat.
One of the videos of the September confrontation shows Flournoy face down on the street with Officer Christopher Diaz on top of him, repeatedly punching him in the face, back and side. Two other officers are holding Flournoy down.