Louisville Metro Police Department has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a homeless man at the PNC Plaza in downtown Louisville, KY.
The incident took place just before 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday. Police were called to the parking garage of the plaza after someone reported that a man was harassing people and causing a disturbance.
Officers say when they arrived they found security holding 29-year-old Foussene Pemba. According to police, the security guards then told them they tried to escort Pemba off the property, but he became combative and they were not able to remove him.
Police say when the attempted to put handcuffs on Pemba he “refused to follow instructions to put his hands behind his back.” According to the arrest report, officers then took Pemba to the ground, where he continued to fight for about one minute.
Police then tried to tase Pemba when he refused to follow directions.
At that point, police say Pemba hit one of the officers in the face, cutting him over his left eye. That officer then hit Pemba with an “…empty hand to attempt to gain compliance.” Pemba was eventually handcuffed and “hobbled.”
After being restrained, Pemba allegedly bit one officer in the “right hand area,” and bit another officer in the “right thigh/groin area.” He then grabbed that officer’s penis, according to the report.
The cell phone video of the encounter shows a police officer repeatedly punching Pemba in the face and telling him to “turn over”.
LMPD released a statement saying it’s investigating the incident.