Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

Video shows police punch Harvard student

Officers pulled Ohene by his legs- a maneuver that made him fall to the ground Officers pulled Ohene by his legs- a maneuver that made him fall to the ground
Sammy Stanley | 17 April, 2018, 22:10

Bard Jr. said he stands by the actions of the officers who arrested a black Harvard student Friday and said the Cambridge Police Department has not placed the officers involved on administrative leave at a press conference Monday. "But, once again I am making no determinations prior to completing a thorough investigation". "Three officers from the Cambridge Police Department and another officer from the Transit Police Department were required to gain compliance with the male".

According to the Harvard Crimson, university president Drew Faust called the arrest "profoundly disturbing" but cautioned not all is known because the review is still pending.

Speaking to reporters Monday afternoon, Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville G. Bard Jr. defended the officers, saying that trying to constrain someone against their will is always hard. A woman had called police to report that a naked man had thrown his clothes into her face.

'Numerous attempts made by officers to calm the male down were met with opposition and his hostility escalated while officers attempted to speak with him, ' according to the report.

A video taken in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been called "disturbing" by the mayor for showing a violent encounter between a police officer and an unarmed, naked Black Harvard University student. Police shackled his ankles before putting him in an ambulance.

Police said they told Ohene they were "only there to help him and were concerned for his safety;" however, he became "aggressive, hostile, and intimidating" and approached officers with clenched fists, prompting them to take him to the ground, the report continued.

Members of the Harvard Black Law Students Association, some of whom witnessed Ohene's arrest, called into question Bard's version of events, characterizing the incident as an instance of police brutality.

A video of the incident was released Sunday amid outcry regarding the officers' conduct.

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He is being charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, assault, assault and battery, and resisting arrest. Most of the concern is not about police intervening with the student but how they did so - video shows the student being punched after he was detained. He said the officers "engaged" with the student for "minutes" before tackling him.

The lawyers said it had been a trying ordeal for their client and his family, and they asked the public and the media to respect his privacy.

Ohene could be heard exclaiming, 'Help me, Jesus!

"When individuals are in a time of crisis - whether it's due to drug use, mental illness or other variables - this can create great complexities in an officers response", Bard's statement said. Some undergraduates have questioned why CPD was contacted in lieu of the Harvard University Police Department or other resources.

"The allegation that officers were stopping anyone from filming, I haven't seen any evidence of that", he said.

Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern said video taken by an onlooker shows an officer punching the man, who is black, several times. The statement, which was signed by more than a dozen other student groups, said that "a pool of blood" was left on the pavement by the struggle. One is still receiving treatment for unspecified injuries suffered during the arrest, Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville Bard said.

Idowu said all police departments should have body camera programs - and Cambridge does not.

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