Video Shows Police Officers Beating Naked Black Harvard Student Near Intersection
18 April 2018, 12:46 | Isaac Mcdaniel
Shocking moment a naked Harvard student 'high on hallucinogenic drugs' is repeatedly punched by police in the middle of Cambridge
The mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, said an investigation into the violent arrest of a naked Harvard student by Cambridge police officers on Friday night had begun and called the publicly released video footage of the incident "disturbing".
Ohene, who was standing near the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Waterhouse street, was naked. "Three officers from the Cambridge Police Department and another officer from the Transit Police Department were required to gain compliance with the male". While in the ambulance, he spat blood and saliva at an EMT, according to the report. Video taken by a bystander and released by the police shows the man being confronted by officers on a concrete median in the middle of a busy street, before he is dropped to the ground.
"Although there has been significant extrajudicial commentary on Selorm's case, we do not intend to litigate these matters in the media".
While the police department said the officer used force to successfully carry out the arrest, students who witnessed the event challenged the police narrative.
"Numerous attempts were made by the officers to calm down the male, but they were met with opposition and hostility", Commissioner Branville Bard said during a press conference.
Police have learned from talking to his acquaintances that Ohene had ingested narcotics, possibly LSD, which had a hallucinogenic effect. "We are reminded, as soon-to-be-graduates of an elite law school that we can not protect our bodies with our degrees - and that is why we also call our current students and alumni to embrace these demands as inclusive to all Black people, not just Harvardians". "We will be asking questions of ourselves, recognizing that the responsibility rests with the University to establish the conditions of trust necessary for effective campus policing and the delivery and coordination of effective health care".
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He asked the public to analyze the officers' actions "in the context of a rapidly evolving situation" and added: "I absolutely do support the officers". They're also calling for the school, students and instructors to put pressure on the Cambridge Police Department.
In its statement, the student group called on Harvard to form a crisis team to deal with emergencies without involving the police and demanded an investigation into the officers' conduct. There were about 30 onlookers during the incident, police said.
"Each incident our officers are involved in presents an opportunity for evaluation and determination on what alternatives can be done in the future for the most optimal outcome", reads a joint statement issued by the City Manager and Police Commissioner, who promise to examine officer protocol moving forward. We have high standards for our police officers in Cambridge. 'As Mayor, I will continue working with my colleagues to make sure that the horrific treatment of black Americans at the hands of law enforcement has no place in Cambridge'.
"We have high standards for our police officers in Cambridge". Police said Ohene became "aggressive, hostile, and intimidating" and approached officers with fists, forcing them to take action.
"We have been witness to the use of force against a member of our community, which, regardless of circumstances, is upsetting and compels the search for a deeper understanding".
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