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Akron, OH — A video of a number of officers arresting an Ohio man has gone viral because it exhibits law enforcement officials on prime of 47-year-old Patrick King, tasering him and punching him time and again. In response to King the cease ought to have by no means occurred as he was merely strolling again from the neighborhood retailer and stopped to speak to a pal.
On Sunday, King advised News 5 Cleveland that he was confronted by Akron law enforcement officials whereas he stood in a pal’s entrance yard and talked.
“Principally pulled up alongside of me, jumped out and requested me for my ID,” King mentioned.
“They needed to handcuff me and I didn’t wish to be handcuffed and I mentioned, ‘What for? What for?’ And, they received one handcuff on me after which threw me to the bottom,” he mentioned.
King admitted that he gave officers a pretend title, however insisted that he didn’t do something mistaken. Nonetheless, that didn’t cease officers from violently attacking him.
“They began beating on me, wailing on me, kicked me within the ribs a number of occasions,” King mentioned.
King mentioned he’s injured from the assault and has a tough time shifting round.
“I can barely sit nonetheless proper now. I’m having bother simply elevating my backbone.”
Because the video exhibits, officers start scuffling with King who is solely getting kidnapped for no different purpose than desirous to be left alone. Apart from giving cops a pretend title, presumably as a result of he didn’t need them to know who he was, King had harmed nobody.
Police solely stopped him as a result of they declare he was seen leaving a “identified drug home.”
When the native information firm requested King if he thought it was extreme pressure, he minced no phrases, saying, “Sure, I do. I’m simply ready to come up with a lawyer and I plan on suing.”
In response to Akron police, nonetheless, they are saying the video doesn’t inform the entire story and King offered a hazard to the officers.
Deputy Chief Jesse Leeser mentioned King was “noticed leaving a identified drug home and lied about who he was. An officer received one handcuff on the 6-foot-Four-inch, 220-pound man, however he ignored a number of instructions and resisted for a number of minutes.”
Leeser mentioned the handfuls of punches, taser strikes, kicks and knees have been all essential to subdue King. Nonetheless, as TFTP has reported, it’s almost unimaginable to take heed to officers’ instructions to “cease resisting” and lay completely nonetheless as they taser, punch, and kick you.
“He was clearly actively combating with these officers. They have been winded. The battle had gone to the bottom. Not solely did he have the handcuff as a weapon probably, however the officers have been additionally very uncovered. We’re not floor fighters,” Leeser mentioned.
At the very least one of many officers gave the impression to be a floor fighter although. That officer is seen delivering numerous punches to King in a UFC-style ‘floor and pound.’
As for King, he denied leaving the drug home and mentioned he by no means attacked officers in the course of the arrest.
“I didn’t swing on the officers. I do know that. I didn’t punch at them. I do know that. I didn’t kick at them. I do know that,” he mentioned.
In response to Information 5 Cleveland, King mentioned he served six years within the Military. Throughout his service, he was concerned in an Military automobile accident in Panama and was pinned within the again seat. He mentioned the incident left him with post-traumatic stress syndrome.
He mentioned that feeling of being pinned rushed again to him when he was on the bottom with police, which put him a panic mode.
“The Tasers got here out. All the pieces was taking place so quick. So far as me flailing and wailing round, yeah, that was a mixture of the electrical energy going via my physique and the PTSD.”
Police mentioned King additionally had two energetic warrants, one out of Cuyahoga County for a probation violation and one other for obstructing out of New Franklin.
King advised Information 5 the Cuyahoga County warrant associated to strolling away from a court-ordered veteran’s remedy middle, a choice he regrets.
He mentioned he had prior run-ins with the regulation for not paying youngster assist and drug possession, however he doesn’t really feel his previous justifies the actions of Akron police on Sunday.
“I hope you by no means get in that scenario, nevertheless it looks like it’s turn into an increasing number of of a police state,” King advised WEWS.