COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Columbus mom wants answers after she says her son was brutally beaten by Columbus police while he was being arrested last week.
“This is no joking matter,” said Valerie Johnson, mother of Timothy Davis, 31, who appeared in court last week in a wheel chair and with bruises on his face.
“This is my child, they messed up my son,” said Johnson.
Cell phone video of Davis being arrested last week by Columbus police for an open warrant related to resisting arrest, started popping up on social media a few days later.
In the video you can see plain clothes officers hitting Davis, and kicking him, at one point his pants fall to his knees.
“In this particular case, there is an internal investigation going on by internal affairs,” said Sgt. Dean Worthington, with Columbus Police.
Columbus police is not talking publicly about the incident, because of the internal investigation now underway.
Charging documents obtained by ABC 6/FOX 28 state, officers identified themselves and told Davis he was under arrest. Davis said he wasn’t going to be placed under arrest and tensed up to fight.
Franklin County Municipal Court documents go on to say, officers grabbed a hold of Davis and he pulled away, he then took an officer to the ground, biting and fighting officers.
Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs tells ABC 6/FOX 28 she has seen the video but had no further comment.
Law enforcement said they can use whatever force is necessary within reason to get control of the suspect.
“We can match their force with our force, and one step above that,” said Worthington.
Davis is no stranger to the court system. He has an arrest record that goes back years and served time for robbery and kidnapping.
Davis is currently wanted in Kentucky for assaulting a state trooper earlier this year during a traffic stop.
Davis was arrested last week for a nearly year old open warrant in Columbus, that charges him with resisting arrest, including accusing him of kicking a police officer.
Despite her son’s criminal and arrest record, Johnson says he never should have been treated like that by officers.
“His head, his face, his ribs, he’s like almost broken,” said Johnson, “I want justice.”