Cambridge police officers filmed allegedly beating Harvard student Selorm Ohene

Cambridge police officers filmed allegedly beating Harvard student Selorm Ohene

A video of the incident was released Sunday amid outcry regarding the officers' conduct. As in any case involving the use of force, he said, the police have begun an internal investigation. It contains racial slurs and expletives used by bystanders as a crowd gathered.

The student reportedly remains in a hospital under police watch. That goes on for some time, with the officers at arm's length at least.

Cars slowed down and about 30 people gathered to watch the scene. The third officer helps pin Ohene to the ground. Critics have accused them of beating Ohene. A friend of his told the officers he may have been on drugs, The Boston Globe reports. The primary concern I've addressed this morning focuses on punches (five in total) issued by one of the involved officers after the suspect was on the ground.

Commissioner Branville G. Bard Jr. gave a lengthy press conference in which he provided more details of the incident.

Last night at approximately 9:09 p.m.

A woman called 911 saying a man had thrown his clothes in her face. It was learned from his acquaintances that he previously took narcotics, which could have a hallucinogenic effect when ingested. The video of the incident "speaks for itself", they added.

"After he was observed clenching his fist and moving towards officers, the decision was made to take the individual down". "Once on the ground, the male continued to resist arrest".

He was then taken to a local hospital for an evaluation.

Bard added that the department may reconsider some of the charges against Ohene, which include indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, assault, resisting arrest and assault and battery on an ambulance personnel.

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Ohene's lawyers said in a statement that the incident "continues to be a trying ordeal for Selorm and for his family". "If anyone ever had to constrain an individual against their will, they will know it's a very hard thing to do", he said.

"You have to judge their actions within the context of a rapidly evolving situation and not with this ideal construct" said, Commissioner Bard. Vehicles also slowed to witness this obscene display.

He added: 'Every attempt that was made to calm Ohene down and reason with him was met with opposition.

Police say officers were called Friday night after receiving reports of a naked man standing on a traffic island. A naked, unarmed Black man, stood still on the median at the center of Massachusetts Avenue across from Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church. As Ohene approaches one of the officers, another officer grabs the student's legs while the other officers pin him to the ground.

Ohene was tackled. Police say he would still not comply and they struck him 5 times in the stomach to bring him under control. "Help me, Jesus!" Eventually, a fourth officer helps restrain Ohene while another one can be seen punching the student.

"A pool of blood remained on the pavement as the ambulance departed", according to the Black Law Students Association. "Shortly thereafter, firefighters came and cleaned up the blood with bleach and water".

Faust called the video "profoundly disturbing" in an email sent to university affiliates Monday. "What is shown on the video is disturbing".

Because use of force was required in order to gain compliance from Ohene to avoid further injury to himself, the responding officers or any on-lookers, an internal review will be conducted by the department's leadership and Professional Standards Unit, per policy of the department.

Ohene is studying mathematics at Harvard, according to The New York Times.

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