EUCLID, Ohio – A Euclid police officer is on paid administrative leave after video of a violent arrest was posted on Facebook Saturday morning.
The video shows a violent struggle between a 25-year-old man and a Euclid officer in the middle of East 228th Street. As of Saturday at 8:30 p.m., the video had been shared more than 12,000 times on Facebook.
According to Euclid police, if all started around 10:30 a.m. when an officer observed a traffic violation committed by 25-year-old Richard Hubbard III, who was driving a 2011 Silver Hyundai.
During the traffic stop, police ordered Hubbard out of the car and attempted to take him into custody. Police say Hubbard ignored commands to turn away from the officer and began physically resisting.
In the dash cam video, you can hear the officer tell Hubbard to “face away” from him twice before the struggle ensues.
During the struggle, which lasted about three minutes, the officer punches Hubbard’s face several times. The dash cam video shows the woman get down on the ground and repeatedly yell, “stop!” and “babe, listen, listen, listen!”
You can also hear Hubbard tell the woman to record what was happening.
As the officer punches Hubbard, the woman repeatedly yells, “stop!”
The struggle continued as traffic passed by. Eventually, the officers handcuffed Hubbard as more officers responded. Those officers also attempted to disperse the crowd that had formed.
Hubbard was medically examined at the Cuyahoga County Jail Euclid Annex. The arresting officer was treated and released from an area hospital.
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