Attorney: Cop used excessive force in IHOP melee | ajc.com
The best thing to do when a situation like this occurs is to videotape from a safe distance, send it to an e-mail address or website, and hide the camera or run. Officers have assaulted people videotaping their abuses and have smashed the cameras or have erased the recordings.
If you are victim of an assault by an officer, your friends should not get involved. Indeed, you need someone to remain on the scene to get the names and numbers of witnesses.
In this case, the peanut gallery on the radio have already siding with the police officer. In Georgia, at least, it is extremely difficult to win these cases because you have the mindless masses who are pro police. Their thinking is police have a tough job. So, officers should be given the benefit of the doubt. I know that theory isn't in the Constitution, but you cannot fight stupidity.