An Indianapolis teenager whose allegations of police brutality garnered national attention has been found not guilty on gun charges.
Brandon Johnson accused police of excessive force two years ago after he was badly injured during an arrest. A year later, police served a warrant at Johnson's home and arrested Johnson, along with his older brothers. Johnson was charged with gun possession, but a juvenile court judge acquitted him Wednesday.
Johnson's lawyer agreed, saying the prosecution was unusually aggressive considering the fact that the case involved a misdemeanor gun charge with very little evidence.
"It was a picture of an arm holding what they believed was a gun. And I told the judge I have never seen any kind of charge based on that - just a picture of a gun," said Monish Patel, Johnson's attorney. "That's why this was such an egregious case. We were offered the sky on this, and we weren't taking anything but a dismissal or a not guilty. And we got a not guilty."
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry
Patel said he also suspects Johnson's prosecution was retaliation for Johnson's brutality case against the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
It should be re-emphasized that the gun possession charge was based on a picture of a gun on the young man's cell phone. There was not even a person in the photograph. I am not sure of when I have ever heard of a more outrageous charge. The judge acquitted Johnson - obviously - but what should have been done is that Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry should have been ordered to appear in court and held in contempt for pursuing such a baseless charge against Johnson.
"I don't think they would have pursued a misdemeanor as far as they did - having six witnesses, having a gun expert come in, all over a misdemeanor. It just doesn't happen normally," said Patel.
Brandon Johnson's family thinks that the Marion County Prosecutor's office aggressively pursued the charge as retaliation for the police brutality charge. You think? There is no other explanation. Not even police abuse apologist Abdul Hakim-Shabazz has offered a defense for Curry aggressively pursuing this ridiculous charge.