What is the Story Behind Bossier Police Officer Kicking a Man?

In a video recorded Tuesday (6/25) courtesy of Marco Edwards, a man is seen walking outside with his hands up in the 4500 block of Norris Drive. The man gets down on his knees and immediately afterwards the officer walks up to him and kicks him in the stomach, despite the possible suspect being in complete compliance.

Many people have been wondering why the officer took such drastic action to stop a man who seemed to be following orders, and it seems that the lack of sound in the video is a contributing factor to the apparent display of useless violence. The man in the video, Jermel Coleman, who was wanted for the murder of his step-father, was allegedly yelling for the officers to shoot him, as well as initially ignored their commands.

Coleman was arrested for the murder of Randolph Divins, who he shot on June 21st. Investigators say Coleman confessed to shooting Divins.

To add to the conversation, as well as see the entire video, go to the RSHV News 1 Facebook page.

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Julia LeFort

Julia LeFort joined RSHV News 1 in May 2019 following her graduation from Florida College with a Bachelor's Degree in May 2019. She has been working as an editor in Florida for the past two years and previously graduated from Benton High School. Currently she is working as the content manager and a contributing reporter to RSHV News 1, while also attending graduate school online through LSU's School of Library and Information Science. Julia is excited to be back in Northwest Louisiana, which she considers home. You can contact Julia at

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