The Cambridge Police Department responded to a 911 call that a woman saw a man take off his clothes and throw them at her. A friend of his told the officers he may have been on drugs, The Boston Globe reports.
The mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, said an investigation into the violent arrest of a naked Harvard student by Cambridge police officers on Friday night had begun and called the publicly released video footage of the incident "disturbing". A fourth officer helps restrain Ohene, and one of the officers can be seen striking Ohene.
In the video Ohene can be heard screaming: "Help me, Jesus!" Ohene is punched multiple times. Numerous attempts made by officers to calm the male down were met with opposition and his hostility escalated while officers attempted to speak with him.
According to a police report on the incident, Ohene was clenching both fists and walking toward officers.
"It was made very clear that our pleas were not going to be received by Ohene". Ohene's behavior became aggressive, unreceptive, and intimidating nearly immediately.
'I perceived this as a threat and thought an attack was imminent, ' wrote the cop. Ohene's goal was to seriously hurt himself or one of the officers on scene. Ohene's behavior could only be summed up as chaotic and tumultuous.
"I absolutely do support the officers". The third officer helps pin Ohene to the ground.
"A naked, unarmed Black man stood still on the median at the center of Massachusetts Avenue across from Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church", the group's statement said.
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The university's black law student association said that a number of its members witnessed what it called a "brutal instance of police violence", saying in a statement that the student screamed for help as he was punched in the torso. The officers held him to the ground until paramedics arrived, placed him on a stretcher, and put him in the ambulance.
"A pool of blood remained on the pavement as the ambulance departed", according to the Black Law Students Association.
"We had candid conversations behind the issues of racist policing", Bard said. "In most cases, the extensive training of our officers go through results in the de-escalation of risky situations", McGovern said in a statement.
As you know, there was an arrest last night that involved use of force by our officers. "Cambridge affirms that Black Lives Matter, but it must be true in practice as well", he said in a statement Sunday. We'll continue to review and refine our protocols, policies and trainings as appropriate to ensure we are most effectively, sensitively and safely handling incidents to uphold the highest degree of professionalism and standard of service our community expects from its police department.
Cambridge Mayor Marc C. McGovern expressed concern about the officer's conduct and said the results of the investigation would be publicized.
Ohene was charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, assault, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on ambulance personnel, police said.
According to MassLive, "officers can be seen repeatedly punching Ohene while bystanders shouted at police". "We ask that those who know the victim's name not share it with others, that his name not be included in internal or external conversations about this incident and that, in response to this letter, our conversation be focused on the broader issues of police violence against Black and Brown people and the following demands, and not this particularized incident, which is a symptom of a larger, systemic problem". The policy dictates that officers may use only the level of force "necessary to overcome any resistance or force being used by the perpetrator".