It does not directly show a penchant to use excessive force, but it certainly shows a tendency to abuse power and the details of the incident may show a willingness to make false claims to justify his actions. A short video emerged yesterday (video after the jump) of an incident in 2013 in which Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, arrested a man for videotaping him.
“If you wanna take a picture of me one more time, I’m gonna lock your ass up,” Wilson tells Mike Arman, who had asked for Wilson’s name. Arman replies: “Sir, I’m not taking a picture, I’m recording this incident sir.”
At that point Wilson arrests Arman.
The backstory to the incident, according to the Guardian report, is that Wilson arrived at Arman’s residence to “issue a court summons regarding derelict vehicles that were being left on the property in violation of city rules.” The report also notes that Arman has a criminal record and had previously been charged with resisting arrest. But the video shows no evidence of that in this case. And the details of the arrest – comparing Wilson’s report to the videotape as well as Arman’s claims after the fact – may provide evidence of Wilson’s propensity to file false reports to justify his actions.