A video has surfaced of a police officer in Euclid, Ohio, beating a black motorist on Aug. 12. The beating was filmed by a black woman who was handcuffed by police.
Both incidents were filmed by Lashaunda Malone who posted her video on Facebook where the footage has gone viral.
According to the police, Richard Hubbard was originally pulled over by police for a moving/traffic violation, reports WJW.
Police claim that Hubbard was told to get out of his car and face the other way, but ignored that order and physically resisted while being taken into custody.
After being beat in the face and kneed in the skull for several minutes, Hubbard was taken to the Cuyahoga County Jail Euclid Annex and charged with driving under suspension and resisting arrest.
The police department added:
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.
Councilwoman Taneika Hill told WJW the video was disturbing:
I was very disturbed by what I saw.I am waiting for my chief and my mayor to respond to me and add some clarity. To me the video is very disturbing.
I do not want to move ahead of facts, but at the same time the human in me, its disturbing, to see a person hitting someone to that degree is disturbing. I will never understand why the officers would continuously hit. I will never understand why the young lady [who was video recording it] was put on the ground..to me that is humiliating, cant wrap my mind around things like that….Do not want to move ahead of the facts
I am not an officer…again, I don’t know what happened before,I can’t speak on what happened. I can only speak on what my heart felt.
Cleveland NAACP spokesperson Mike Nelson said that he wants the U.S. Justice Department to look into the practices of the Euclid Police Department.