WATCH: Shocking Video Captures Memphis Cop Kicking and Hitting Man With a Baton After He Surrenders

Memphis Police launched an administrative investigation earlier this week after video emerged of a police officer kicking a suspect.

13 February 2016

The Memphis Police Department has launched an administrative investigation into an arrest that was caught on camera by a local news crew.

As police tried to arrest a suspect during a domestic violence dispute at the Country Squire Apartments in Cordova, the suspect was struck in the arm with a baton and then kicked in the side and arm by officers, video shows.

The incident was caught on camera by the news crew of Local 24, which happened to be in the area for an unrelated story. The date of the arrest is unknown, but appears to have been in the last week.

In the video, the suspect is seen running from police before he sits on the ground, putting one hand up in the air.

The officer then strikes his right arm, kicks the same arm and then kicks his side before ordering him to put his hands behind his back and calling for backup.

Later in the video, the suspect is pulled up off the ground by his handcuffs as an officer holds him around his neck. When they get to the squad car, the officer shoves the man into the backseat with his foot.

Neither the police officer nor the suspect have been identified.

According to the police report, the suspect had hit a woman and, in the process, hit his child before fighting with police.

A witness who saw the arrest while on a walk with his wife and son said he was pleased with the arrest.

‘They pretty much followed standard procedures that an MPD officer would follow, took him down. You had the other officers detain him,’ James Richey told Local 24.

People who watched video of the arrest, however, thought differently.

Tennessee State Representative GA Hardaway watched the video of the arrest and told Local 24 that he was angered by what he saw.

‘There’s obviously some abuse going on here, excessive force. When I’m looking at a young man that’s on the ground and supporting himself with one arm laying down, that is not a position where he’s a threat to anybody standing,’ he said.

Steve Mulroy, a former federal prosecutor and civil rights lawyer for the Department of Justice, agreed with Hardaway’s claims.

‘When the suspect was already down on the ground with his arms indicating that he was going to comply, offering no resistance and not failing to obey any commands from the officer, it was not justified for the officer to strike him with the nightstick or to kick him,’ Mulroy told Local 24.

Hardaway said that the officer’s actions feeds into the public’s perception of police.

‘That’s unacceptable, completely unacceptable. It unravels every bit of goodwill that has been rolled out. Any child that sees that is going to be imprinted with it for lifetime. Any adult is going to be imprinted with it. They’re going to teach their children that this is what the police do,’ he said.

When the video was shared with the Memphis Police officials, the department refused to speak about the case but said an administrative investigation had been launched.

The suspect was contacted and first said he felt he was mistreated during the arrest, but now will not speak about the incident.

The police union, however, has spoken out about the incident.

Memphis Police Association president Mike Williams watched video of the arrest and called it ‘excessive’.

‘I don’t think they took it to a point, to me, to where it was excessive because I don’t think anybody had to go to the hospital, anyone was injured,’ Williams told Local 24.

He added: ‘You know, I think they deployed the [baton] right because you are allowed to strike people in the fatty parts of the body. But I don’t know if citizens are ready to see that, you know, because they’re like, “Oh, wow, they beat him”.’


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