Rough arrest video draws protests


Protesters took to the streets of Louisville, Kentucky Monday in response to video of a rough arrest involving a black motorist.

 The incident and struggle to detain the suspect, Jarrus Ransom, was caught on camera. It shows the suspect being taken down from his car, then an officer punching him while trying to get him in handcuffs.

 The police report gives another side of the story cell phones didn’t see. The report includes assertions that Ransom lunged at an officer, ramming into his shoulder before he was in handcuffs.

 According to the police report, Ransom lunged after the officer poured soda out of a can onto the pavement and pills fell out.

 Police said Ransom ended up back in his car. The cell phone video recorded by bystanders in the parking lot picks up from there.

 “People say, wow, what took place?” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Now, it could be the exact correct thing that a police officer has been trained to do, and maybe it’s not.”

 He stressed that’s why an internal investigation is now taking place.

 Louisville Metro Police say by state law, they cannot release body camera video pertaining to an administrative, internal investigation conducted by the Professional Standards Unit. 

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