Video of Rodman Marine arrest released

Sunday, February 21, 2010 | 7:59 p.m. CST
The video file was recorded with the camera in the patrol car of former Columbia Police Officer Justin LaForest.

COLUMBIA — The Missourian has obtained a video file of the arrest of Columbia resident Rodman Marine, 31, which occurred Dec. 19, 2006. The video file was recorded with the camera in the patrol car of former Columbia Police Officer Justin LaForest.

In the video, Marine can be seen leaving a car driven by Marine's cousin, Tylanedor Delany, 37, who remains in the driver's seat during the arrest.

Shemeca Marine, 27, Rodman Marine's sister, can also be seen in the video. She was arrested that evening for interfering with an arrest.

Marine was arrested that night on suspicion of marijuana distribution, resisting arrest and third-degree assault of a law enforcement officer.

According to arrest reports and citizen complaints from the incident obtained by the Missourian, Marine was stunned with a Taser three times.

An internal investigation into the incident found LaForest's use of force in the arrest "improper" on Feb. 8, 2007, three days after LaForest resigned from the force. He is now a police officer in Ashland.

In December 2009, Marine filed a lawsuit naming LaForest and five other defendants in a federal court. He is seeking damages of up to $1 million.

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Scott Hawf February 22, 2010 | 10:46 a.m.

LaForest should have asked Marine nicely to get into the car then taken him out to eat at C.C.'s City Broiler.

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Sean Coder February 22, 2010 | 2:18 p.m.

About half way through the video, when the sirens sound (indicating more police force showing up), it appears LaForest starts to senselessly beat the Marine in an attempt to get a reaction so that arriving police officers will be incited to inflict more violence on Marine. This is outrageous!

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Scott Hawf February 22, 2010 | 3:37 p.m.

You are right! He hits him one more time then Marine goes down (finally) and the police back him up. If he didn't want to get hit he should have gone down in the first place. But you're right, the drug dealer should be shown the utmost respect. I think people need to be shown how they are victimized by society. I would have been able to act calmly if I had been in LaForest's position. I mean, c'mon, who would get scared when surrounded by the family and friends of the guy you are trying to arrest when all alone?

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Scott Hawf February 22, 2010 | 3:38 p.m.

Oh, and he's not a marine. His name is Marine.

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Scott Hawf February 22, 2010 | 3:44 p.m.

Actually, he does hit him four more times. Probably should have pepper sprayed him, or stunned him sooner.

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Sean Coder February 23, 2010 | 12:10 a.m.

Sorry for the extra word, but my typo aside, do you really see any violence displayed by Marine? Police brutality is a serious problem. Drug dealing is not a violent crime.
You can have your opinion, but the tape speaks for itself.

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Scott Hawf February 23, 2010 | 1:54 p.m.

Yeah, sorry, I was half joking in the first few comments. The cop is definitely out of hand, but you have to realize that he is in a position that we have never been in. He should have left the night stick in his belt and pushed the guy to the ground to cuff him. I don't know about 1 million in compensation though...

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