Use Of Force Investigation Underway After Naked Man Punched During Arrest

Erika Holt
April 17, 2018

According to a police report, Ohene was naked, and a woman who appeared to be Ohene's acquaintance told officers he may have been on drugs.

Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern, a Democrat, said that an internal investigation is now taking place regarding the behavior of the police officers, according to The Boston Globe. "Help me, Jesus!" as he struggles with the officers.

"The video speaks for itself", the lawyers said.

"We demand that the officers who assaulted this man while he was naked, fully subdued and bleeding on the ground be investigated and held accountable", the group said in a statement, according to the Times.

"Each incident our officers are involved in presents an opportunity for evaluation and determination on what alternatives can be done in the future for the most optimal outcome", reads a joint statement issued by the City Manager and Police Commissioner, who promise to examine officer protocol moving forward.

With two different stories coming from police and witnesses, a spokesman for Cambridge police said in an email Sunday that the department is committed to a "thorough and complete" review.

The clips, sent to authorities by a bystander, sees three Cambridge Police officers and an MTBA Transit Police Officer take down student Selorm Ohene.

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The student involved in the incident is now undergoing evaluation at a hospital for issues including mental health concerns-and the ongoing evaluation is "one of the reasons" the student has yet to be arraigned, Bard said Monday. "Help me, Jesus!" Eventually, a fourth officer helps restrain Ohene while another one can be seen punching the student.

After trying to talk to Ohene, Burke writes that he knocked the student to the ground and punched him five times in the stomach in an attempt to subdue him. In a rapidly-evolving situation, as this was, the officers primary objective is to neutralize an incident to ensure the safety of the involved party (ies), officers and members of the public. He was charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault. Ohene takes steps toward one of the officers and then is tackled from behind by another.

The professors noted the circumstances of his arrest have generated a major public debate, but said that Ohene won't be part of it - except, possibly, in a courtroom. "If anyone ever had to constrain an individual against their will, they will know it's a very hard thing to do", he said. To prevent the altercation from extending and leading to further injuries, particularly since the location of the engagement was next to a busy street with oncoming traffic, the officers utilized their discretion and struck the individual in the mid-section to gain his compliance and place him in handcuffs. "When confrontations can not be averted and include the use of physical force, we must be willing to review our actions to ensure that our police officers are providing the highest level of safety for all".

"What is shown in the video is disturbing. Shortly thereafter, firefighters came and cleaned up the blood with bleach and water".

University president Drew Faust slammed the confrontation as "profoundly disturbing" in a letter on Monday, according to the Boston Globe. "We will be asking questions of ourselves, recognizing that the responsibility rests with the University to establish the conditions of trust necessary for effective campus policing and the delivery and coordination of effective health care". In most cases, the extensive training our officers go through results in the de-escalation of damgerous situations.

The incident happened Friday night, and after viewing footage of the arrest on Sunday, McGovern released a statement, saying that while "Cambridge affirms Black Lives Matter", the slogan "must be true in practice as well".

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