EUCLID, Ohio — Protestors questioning a Euclid police officer’s use of force after video of a violent struggle went viral marched from the scene of the video to the police station Saturday night.
“There seems to be some aggression and at no time have we seen de-escalation take place,” said Michael Nelson, attorney for the Cleveland NAACP. “This particular video tape is disturbing regardless of the underlying circumstances.”
Richard Hubbard III, 25, of Cleveland was arrested after a struggle that lasted more than 3 minutes. He was medically examined at the Cuyahoga County Jail Euclid Annex and posted bond on charges of Driving Under Suspension and Resisting Arrest.
A video shows Hubbard on the ground while a woman yells. One of the officers is shown slamming Hubbard’s body repeatedly into the ground. The officer sits over him and punches his face multiple times.
Cleveland.com has requested the name and personnel file of the officer, as well as the dash cam video of the struggle.
Euclid police are investigating the incident. Nelson says a third party should lead it.
He spoke after a rally at the intersection of East 228th Street and Lakeshore Boulevard Saturday evening, near where Hubbard was arrested. Protestors later went to the Euclid police to ask for information, Nelson said.
Christopher McNeal, a civil rights attorney who attended the rally, said he believes police used excessive force.
Police must consider whether a suspect is resisting arrest or attempting to flee, he said. Use of force on someone who is incapacitated or complying is excessive.
The instances on the video constitute a use of deadly force, McNeal said.
“We’re very much alarmed at what is going on as it not only relates to his circumstances but the shooting of another individual yesterday as well as the shooting of Luke Stewart back in March of this year,” he said.
The arresting officer, who was treated and released from a hospital, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending further review.