Walking across the street in a manner not fit for the police state can often end in serious injury or death—not necessarily because of a car running you over. Unfortunately, this country’s enforcement of jaywalking laws has gone to the extreme, and a new video of a Michigan State Police trooper proves this point.
MSP Trooper Paul E. Arrowood, 43, was arrested on single counts of common law offense or misconduct in office and assault and battery. The first charge is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
While this officer certainly deserves the maximum sentence, his actions that day are an indictment of the entire system—that considers it just to extort, kidnap, and cage people for entirely arbitrary reasons like walking in a manner not fit for the police state.
On Sept. 4, 2022, Michael D. Wilson, 28, was harming no one, committed no crime, and did nothing wrong when Arrowood targeted him for extortion. However, Arrowood claimed Wilson was somehow committing a crime because he was walking on the side of the road and not the sidewalk.
Walking on the side of the road is not a crime, not even in Police State USA. But this didn’t stop Arrowood from escalating violence against the innocent 28-year-old.
As the video below shows, two troopers exit their vehicle and approach Wilson, with Arrowood immediately grabbing Wilson’s right arm.
“Time out, time out, time out,” Wilson tells the troopers as they try leading him to their vehicle. “I ain’t even doing nothing. I’m not even doing nothing. Ya’ll got your cameras on? Please do.”
At no time do either of the troopers tell Wilson that he is suspected of committing a crime—because he wasn’t. Instead, violence was used to “subdue” the innocent man, and Arrowood smashes Wilson’s face and chest into the pavement.
“Roll the f**k over!” Arrowood yells at his victim, who is screaming for help the entire time.
Arrowood then begins punching his victim in the head while calling him a “little bitch.”
“Put your hands behind your f**kin back,” Arrowood says as he continues punching and kneeing Wilson.
Arrowood suddenly starts talking about some nonexistent gun when other troopers arrive, despite initiating the stop because Wilson was not on the sidewalk.
“I ain’t got no gun, ain’t never had no gun,” Wilson shouts.
“He just beat my ass,” he yells to the other troopers. “You a racist ass b****. Thank you for beating my ass. I hope your camera is on. He whupped my ass for no reason.”
In an attempt to justify their sadistic brutality, troopers charged Wilson with assaulting, resisting, or obstructing police. But only days later, prosecutors—without a leg to stand on—cleared Wilson of any wrongdoing.
Six months after this cop violently attacked and kidnapped an innocent man, he’s finally getting what’s due. But, unfortunately, the taxpayers of Michigan will also be forced to pay for this cop’s actions. Wilson has filed a lawsuit, and his attorney, Joseph A. Albosta, lauded authorities for arresting one of their own.
“I’m glad to see the system is working and police are in fact policing one of their own when they do something wrong and act inappropriately,” he said. “I’m glad to see the Saginaw County Prosecutor’s Office following through with the investigation and eventually bringing charges. I think it’s a step in the right direction.”
“The actions of Tpr. Paul Arrowood fall outside of MSP policy and procedure and they constitute an unwarranted use of force,” stated Col. Joe Gasper, director of the MSP. “The members of the Michigan State Police are committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect, and we will tolerate no less. When we fall short of this standard, we will hold our members accountable.”
Arrowood was released last week on his own recognizance and is set to appear for a preliminary examination at 10 a.m. on March 21.
Below is a video highlighting what happens when masochistic individuals seek out authority to abuse those they dislike.
This article was originally featured at The Free Thought Project and is republished with permission.