A police officer in Euclid, Ohio is on leave after a video surfaced on social media showing a questionable arrest. 25-year-old Richard Hubbard III was pulled over for a moving violation. The driver was told to turn away from the officers so he could be taken into custody. Hubbard refused to comply.
Since Hubbard aggressively resisted arrest, the policemen felt that force was necessary to subdue him. People get arrested all the time. Some people’s actions really do justify police using force.
Hubbard eventually stops resisting. His arm is limp at his side while one officer continues hitting him and choking him out. The partner puts a hand on the arresting officer’s back, but we can’t hear what is being said. Then, the aggressive officer starts punching the suspect again. His partner doesn’t help him but doesn’t seem to try very hard to stop the bullshit, either. Other officers join the melee.
Hubbard’s passenger hysterically pleads with the cops, at this point terrified for his safety. One cop subdues her and another chases off other people on the scene.
Later, Hubbard was medically examined at the Cuyahoga County Jail Euclid Annex. The arresting officer was treated and released from an area hospital. Hubbard posted bond on charges of Driving Under Suspension and Resisting Arrest. You’ll notice that there has been no mention of nature of the “moving violation”.
The arresting officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending further review. Dash camera did capture the arrest but the video hasn’t been released.
The police department released a statement that reads in part,
It is the mission of the Euclid Police Department to provide professional and transparent service to the residents, business owners, and visitors to the City of Euclid. This entire incident will be reviewed, in detail, so that the public can have a full and open understanding of the series of events that eventually led to this violent encounter.
It seems as though even when we can give some officers the benefit of the doubt, they take things too far and end up beating the hell out of a person because they can. Even if we look beyond the obvious racial questions this video poses, what in the hell are these officers being taught during training? The obvious abuse of power is sickening.