A very disturbing video is going viral at the moment. The video shows a police officer repeatedly punching a black man in the face during what seemed to be a traffic stop. There was apparently no need to use force and still the officer punched the man and thrashed him badly.
It is yet another instance of apparently white police officers subjecting black people of physical intimidation and torture. It is said that in similar circumstances the same law enforcement officers will never resort to the use of force if the subject was a white.
While till now the police force seems to be standing with the said officer, there are chances that the video footage that is pretty clear of the entire incident will put the entire police force in the dock.
The issue wouldn’t have been exposed in such a way had a dashcam video of a traffic stop didn’t caught the entire beating of the black man and saved it. The white police officer who has a history of disciplinary issues can be seen throwing the man onto the pavement after stopping his car, banging his head to pavement several times and then repeatedly hitting him with punches.
The footage puts Officer Michael Amiott in the dock, completely demolishing the initial statement from police in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid, Ohio. The statement had accused the victim, Richard Hubbard III of suspicious behavior. The statement claimed that the victim had refused Officer Michael Amiott’s orders to “face away” after getting out of his car Aug. 12. He was also accused by the police of resisting when stopped. Nonetheless, now a video obtained this week in a public records request appears to show Amiott not giving Hubbard a chance to comply, Hubbard’s attorney said Friday. This looks rather very serious indeed.
The footage shows a police officer, who seems to be Amiott, grabbing Hubbard and throwing him hard to the pavement, grabbing his neck and punching his head. The man’s wife who rushed out of the car pleaded with the police officer to stop the beating but the white officer didn’t listen to her. The woman then grabs her cell phone from the car and records the incident herself, as Hubbard requested her to do, as he was getting punched by the officer.
After the appearance of the dashcam video attorney Christopher McNeal says there is incriminating evidence against the officer. “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” says Christopher McNeal.
In the meantime Euclid Mayor Kirsten Gail in a statement said that the incident will be reviewed thoroughly. “The City of Euclid and our Euclid Police Department are committed to providing a safe community and to treating all justly and with dignity and respect. We have made great strides in building a bond between the community and its police department. Violence and use of force in any situation is disturbing and difficult to watch. The videos of the incident on Saturday morning raise some very serious concerns. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all use of force by police are both lawful and justified. I can assure you the incident will be reviewed thoroughly and appropriate action will be taken. We certainly do not want this incident to erase all of the good work that has happened and continues to happen every day in Euclid or to define who we are as a community. We will continue to work with residents, our faith leaders, and community partners to improve our community and ensure Euclid remains a community where we all can be proud to live, work and visit”. The statement read.