Arrest Last Night at Massachusetts Avenue and Waterhouse - Police Department

Arrest Last Night at Massachusetts Avenue and Waterhouse - Police Department

The Cambridge Police Department on Saturday said it launched an internal probe after video appears to show officers tackle and and punch a black Harvard student who was naked as they arrested him on Friday night.

Ohene, who was standing near the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Waterhouse street, was naked.

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.

Around 9 p.m. on Friday, a woman called 911 to say Selorm Ohene, 21, had thrown his clothes in her face.

In the video, shot by a bystander and released by police, Ohene is surrounded by three officers, then turns and approaches one of them. Bard said videos of the event show that the officers standing around the undergraduate attempted to speak with the student "for a long period of time".

"You have to judge their actions within the context of a rapidly evolving situation and not within an ideal construct", Bard continued. "Cambridge affirms that Black Lives Matter, but it must be true in practice as well", he said in a statement Sunday.

CORRECTION: An earlier draft of this story incorrectly identified Harvard University President Drew G. Faust as saying the incident was "a brutal instance of police violence".

"One of the reasons that we righteously get upset is that officers, once they get to the scene and immediately, before even understanding what's going on around them, they see a black body and they immediately attack". I mean, the officers took the actions that they felt necessary at that time. After he was observed clinching both of his fists and started taking steps towards officers attempting to engage with the male, officers made the tactical decision to grab his legs and bring him to the ground, however, the male resisted arrest once on the ground.

"What is shown on the video is disturbing", McGovern continued.

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The department conducts training to equip officers to handle all incidents in a professional manner to ensure the safety of the public and our officers at all times.

Ohene's arrest was caught on video, and drew an outcry from Harvard's Black Law Students Association. Once on the ground, officers were unable to gain compliance because the male contorted his body in a way that pinned his arms under his body and officers were unable to handcuff him.

According to MassLive, "officers can be seen repeatedly punching Ohene while bystanders shouted at police".

Bard said at the press conference he is unsure whether the blood on the ground stemmed from injuries the student suffered during the altercation.

He is charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, assault, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on an ambulance personnel.

"A naked, unarmed Black man stood still on the median at the center of Massachusetts Avenue across from Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church", the group's statement said.

The Cambridge Police Department said it will investigate a recent arrest of a Harvard student. A pool of blood remained on the pavement as the ambulance departed.

Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern called the video of the arrest showing Ohene being struck "disturbing" and promised that the results of the internal investigation will be made public.

As a police department, our officers are rightfully required to uphold the high standards expected from the community, city leadership and police leadership. We'll continue to review and refine our protocols, policies and trainings as appropriate to ensure we are most effectively, sensitively and safely handling incidents to uphold the highest degree of professionalism and standard of service our community expects from its police department.

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