Phoenix Councilman Michael Johnson is using his recent altercation with a police officer to shed light on alleged civil rights violations by police.
Johnson, an African-American, was handcuffed and thrown to the ground by a White police officer after he tried to assist his neighbor whose house caught fire on March 19. Johnson said he only wanted to help his friend in need and expressed extreme humiliation and disappointment for what had happened. He said that when he tried to speak to the officer and asked to speak with his supervisor, the officer told him â€œit doesnâ€™t work that way.â€
Initially, Johnson and his supports didnâ€™t peg the incident as racially motivated. But later at a press conference, Johnson expressed that while he could not confirm a racial motivation behind it he does feel his civil rights were violated.
By Maria Springs