D.J. Qualls Tweets He Was Beaten by Vancouver Police for 'No Reason'
"I cannot understand it," the actor wrote. "I'm sitting here, with a busted face in total shock. I literally did nothing wrong."
D.J. Qualls says he was beaten up by Vancouver police late Friday and doesn't know why.
The actor, whose credits include TNT's Memphis Beat and the movie Road Trip, revealed the news in a series of tweets.
According to Qualls, he was walking out of a café when he saw "a dude punch a girl." When police arrived, he went to tell one of the officers what he had witnessed.
"He said if I didnt get out of there, he's arrest me, I asked why and he tackled me, busted my face and handcuffed me," Qualls said.
He added: "Was not arrested b/c was innocent. I was handcuffed and bleeding while the cop kept saying to me, 'you think youre fucking better than me? … Repeatedly asked 4 his badge number and he said if I didnt shut up, Id be taken in. Finally got a card as I was taken to hospital."
He was admitted to the ER, where he was in "serious pain" and bleeding and received stitches in his chin.
"I cannot understand it," he tweeted. "I'm sitting here, with a busted face in total shock. I literally did nothing wrong.
He also asked his followers to retweet his messages and is demand an apology from the officer and wants "full reimbursement" of his hospital bills, which amounted to $800. He's also making a formal complaint with the Vancouver Police Department.
"The point is, a cop did it to me. I wasnt arrested b/c I didnt DO anything and I had to pay for his rage.& I pay taxes here," wrote the actor, who was in Vancouver shooting an episode of the CW's Supernatural.
A rep for the police told the Vancouver Sun that they are looking into the incident.
"Obviously we're aware of the complaint that he's made via the media and we've reached out to him," he said. "Despite not hearing from him we've proactively started an investigation."
Meanwhile, Qualls quipped that there was a silver lining to come out of the incident: "I picked up 600 followers in an hr. Who knew police brutality was so hot right now?"