Video shows white cop punching black man repeatedly

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 20, 2017

OH officials are investigating a violent arrest in which an officer was videotaped repeatedly punching a black man, the latest alleged case of excessive use of force by police against African Americans. As the two officers hold Hubbard down, Amiott slams his head into the pavement multiple times and punches him repeatedly.

However, the video obtained this week in a public records request shows that Amiott did not give Hubbard even a chance to comply, Hubbard's attorney said Friday.

Nearly a second after Amiott gave Hubbard the order, the video shows the officer grabbing Hubbard's arms and wrestled him to the ground in the middle of a street.

His girlfriend, who jumped out of the vehicle to calm down the officers, told them that Hubbard is unarmed.

"Your own two eyes and common sense can lead to only one reasonable conclusion as to the propriety of the level of force used for a basic traffic stop and whether or not my client had a chance to comply", Hubbard's attorney, Christopher McNeal, said Friday.

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin - another USA city with strained relations between police and African Americans - violent protests erupted after a 23-year-old black man was shot by a black officer after a brief foot chase.

Cellphone video taken from a nearby business shows Hubbard being struck but doesn't show the traffic stop or the first part of the arrest when Hubbard is taken to the ground. The video has been viewed more than 7 million times on Facebook.

In light of the uproar, the Euclid Police Department released Officer Amiott's personnel file.

Police Arrest Video

"We stand with Officer Amiott and we hope that people will not rush to judgment, but rather will understand the literally split second decision and response required of our police and will let the administrative review process play out", the union said in statement.

Amiott also resigned from his prior job-moments before he was slated to be fired-at the Mentor Police Department because he conducted a traffic stop allegedly without probable cause and then lied about it.

Euclid Police Chief Scott Meyer apologised in a statement for not responding to the fast enough.

Both said the traffic stop would be "thoroughly" investigated to determine whether the officer followed departmental rules and procedures.

"We are appalled by the brutality seen in these videos", said J. Bennett Guess, head of the OH chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

"We are appalled by the brutality seen in these videos", ACLU Executive Director J. Bennett Guess said.

Officer Amiott has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. "This behavior underscores a disturbing pattern of extreme use of force by police in our state and across our nation".

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