VIDEO: Officer Suspended After He Bruises Resisting Suspect During Fight
Euclid Police Officer Suspended Over Viral Video Of Arrest
Euclid, Ohio – Protesters gathered on Saturday night after video went viral which shows police officers in a fight with a suspect.
A description with the video said that the man was an “innocent black man” who was “racially profiled on a traffic stop.” Despite this not being true, the police department suspended an officer who was involved.
The incident happened Saturday afternoon at around 10:30 AM on East 228th when Richard Hubbard III, 25, was stopped by a Euclid police officer for a traffic violation, according to Cleveland.com.
Hubbard’s drivers license was suspended and officers ordered him out of his vehicle so that he could be placed under arrest.
After stepping out of the car, Hubbard began to resist arrest. He could be seen on the dash camera video pulling his arm away form the officer.
Hubbard was taken to the ground, which is standard for actively resisting suspects. While on the ground, he continued to fight with officers.
The video shows Hubbard with his hand on one officer’s waist near his gun, and the officer responds by throwing some hits to Hubbard’s face. While still fighting, Hubard was arguing that he didn’t have a gun and wasn’t reaching toward his waistband.
Backup officers arrived and Hubbard was taken into custody. He is being charged with driving on a suspended license and resisting arrest.
The officer who threw those punches has now been suspended after a protest formed over the video.
“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,” Lt. Mitch Houser said. “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.”
The arresting officer was treated for injuries at the hospital before being suspended.
Richard Hubbard was evaluated for minor injuries before being booked into jail. He has since bailed out.
You can see the cell phone and dashcam videos below: