By The Blaze. Video showing a police officer allegedly punching a naked Harvard University student who was reportedly hallucinating on drugs has led to a use-of-force investigation, WBZ-TV reported.
Police arrested 21-year-old student Selorm Ohene in response to 911 calls that Ohene was naked in the street throwing clothes at bystanders. He was charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, assault, resisting arrest, and assault and battery . . .
When Cambridge Police Department officers arrived on the scene, they found Ohene standing naked on a traffic island. According to the police report, Ohene clenched his fists and began walking toward officers, who grabbed him by the legs and took him down.
A witness was recording video of the incident, and it shows an officer punching Ohene several times, according to Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern, who called the video “disturbing.”
“We have high standards for our police officers in Cambridge,” McGovern said in a statement. “In most cases, the extensive training our officers go through results in the deescalation of dangerous situations. When confrontations cannot be averted and include use of physical force, we must be willing to review our actions to ensure that our police officers are providing the highest level of safety for all.” (Read more from “Officer Allegedly Punches Naked, Hallucinating Harvard Student and Is Now Under Investigation” HERE)
Use of Force Investigation Against Officer Who Punched High Student
By CBS Local. . .Cambridge Police say that when they arrived, Ohene was standing naked on a traffic island in the middle of Mass. Ave. People who were with him told police that Ohene had taken drugs that likely had a hallucinogenic effect.
According to a police report on the incident, Ohene was clenching both fists and walking toward officers. They opted to grab his legs and bring him to the ground.
Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern said video taken by an onlooker shows an officer punching the man, who is black, several times.
Ohene was taken to an area hospital for evaluation. Police say he spit a combination of blood and saliva at an EMT . . .
“We must learn from this incident and always strive to do better, but I want to be clear: my colleagues and I take these matters seriously, and will follow this closely to ensure that all the facts are properly investigated and that the public is informed of any and all developments,” McGovern said. (Read more from “Judge Freaks out at Assault Victim for Using ‘Incorrect’ Gender Pronoun of Attacker” HERE)