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Americus man says he's harassed by law enforcement

Americus resident Brandon Douglas Americus resident Brandon Douglas
Former Americus Officer Chris Janovsky. Former Americus Officer Chris Janovsky.

An Americus man says he's been harassed by law enforcement there for a couple of years, and he has videos he says shows officers mistreating him.

Brandon Douglas says he wants to stop police brutality.

The interim chief says he's committed to working with people in the community to improve the department.

Americus native Brandon Douglas says interactions with officers like this have him scared to drive around in his own community.

He says since 2013 he's been pulled over more than a dozen times. He claims this video shows police brutality.

He and others have complained to city officials.

"We run and make complaints, we run and talk to the chief, we run and talk to the chief, we run and talk to the lieutenant, and its pretty much the same thing, all the complaints seem to be shoved under the rug," says Brandon Douglas.

A group of concerned citizens planned to deliver a petition to the city council this week asking them to fire Officer Chris Janovsky. He resigned a few days before that meeting to pursue other opportunities.

Interim Chief Herman Lamar says Janovsky was suspended once for an incident not involving Douglas.

The Chief says he takes all complaints from the public seriously. He told us tonight he is currently reviewing the department's policies and procedures and will implement retraining if necessary.

And Douglas says he wants to make sure police don't mistreat people in his community.

"I don't want anyone else to go through what I've been through, so I'm not just speaking out for me, I'm speaking out for me and every other child like me or for everyone else in my community, everybody else who is a victim, everyone else who needs someone to speak out for their situation because they were too scared," says Douglas.

Click HERE to view the petition.

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