Friend Shields War Vet From Cop Abuse

I got into a heated debate about "Freedom of Speech" with SAPD (San Antonio Police Department), which led to 2 cycles of tazing in my back and a beating to the head with batons; then an unlawful arrest.
My friend whom I was with,  Brian Hayden blocked the blows from the batons by jumping on my back shielding me from the brutal attack from the officers as I was on the ground. He was hit several times to the skull and arm. Then dragged across the street. He is now facing criminal charges for protecting me from police brutality.
Neither of us ever laid a hand on any of the officers. I had 5 officers on me. Two were tazing me and the other 3 were slugging me with clubs. My friend who is a man with integrity saw this as excessive and decided to stand in the way of the blows. We both have extensive lawyer fees and I myself have two kids; I am limited on how much I can help pay for my friends lawyer fees.
As a war veteran myself whom served as a prison guard in Baghdad Iraq, I am thoroughly disgusted on how these officers conducted themselves as "professionals." We never used this much force to control a detainee suspected of terrorism because we would be charged and it is wrong. Help us make this the same standard for our Police officers.
Several police officers are known for excessive abuse, and even to pregnant women. One officer is being investigated for murdering a innocent college student for drunk driving in my area. So, this is nothing new unfortunately. I am grateful my loyal friend was there to protect me and possibly even save my life. Help me show my thanks to my friend and your appreciation for a true hero, by donating to help defend his case. He is a hero, not a criminal.
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Pauly Haarman Jr. 
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