Newly released dashcam footage of a violent police traffic stop is raising doubt about the police departments version of the incident.
The footage which shows a White Ohio police officer punching a Black driver over and over. According to the initial statement released by the Euclid Police Department, Officer Michael Amiott pulled over 25 year old, Richard Hubbard III for suspicion of driving with a suspended license. The police’s statement claimed he ignored the officer’s order to “face away” and resisted arrest, which official suggested justified Amiott punching and slamming Hubbard head into the pavement multiple times.
However a new video, obtained in a public records request, shows that the officer attacked Hubbard within a second of ordering him to “face away.” It also shows that Amiott threw some punches while Hubbard’s arms were spread out and appeared not to resist the officer.
“Your own two eyes and common sense can lead to only one reasonable conclusion as to the propriety of the level of force used for a basic traffic stop and whether or not my client had a chance to comply,” said Hubbard’s attorney, Christopher McNeal, according to the Associated Press.
A bystander shot a video of the assault that circulated on social media before the police released the official dashcam video. Unlike the dashcam version, the bystander’s video does not show the entire arrest and lacks audio. But it went viral, showing the extreme brutality of the arresting officer.