Euclid officer on leave after alleged 'violent' struggle during traffic arrest

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 14, 2017

The violent struggle lasted more than three minutes, and additional officers were needed to eventually take Hubbard into custody, police say.

WKYC spoke with Lashaunda Malone, a woman who recorded the incident and posted the video to Facebook. "We could see the police officer raining punches across his face". Euclid police released a statement about what happened Saturday evening.

The officer witnessed a moving/traffic violation committed by a man later identified as Richard Hubbard III, 25, around 10:30 a.m. August 12. Police ordered Hubbard out of the auto, instructing him to face away, so they could arrest him. Hubbard ignored the order to face away and as the officer attempted to take Hubbard into custody he began physically resisting.

The arresting officer, whose identity is not known at this time, treated and released at a local hospital.

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Those who live in the Euclid community said this latest incident is just a continuation of ongoing police brutality.

Earlier this year Luke Stewart, 23, was shot and killed by Euclid police. Police say the shooting occurred after officers were called to check out a suspicious vehicle. According to dispatch tapes, an officer was inside the vehicle as it sped off. BCI determined Stewart did not have a weapon.

A spokesperson for the Cleveland NAACP, Mike Nelson told Fox 8 sources that he plans to ask the Justice Department to look into the practices of the Euclid Police Department, to determine if there is a pattern of excessive force. "Whatever the situation is it can not be permitted to go unchallenged". "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", Houser said in his statement.

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