Body cam video released of teen’s arrest, chief defends officer’s actions

Police body cam shows teen resisting arrest

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Mt. Healthy police have released body cam footage following an incident at a Family Dollar store.

Police said on Tuesday afternoon, the clerk at the store on Hamilton Avenue reported three disorderly females who refused to leave.

The females began taunting the clerk, and one of the females threw an item which struck the clerk, police said.

One of the responding officers saw the group walking in the area.

Mt. Healthy Police Arrest - 8200 Hamilton December 11, 2018

Warning Graphic Video - Body Camera of arresting Officers and responding officers in their entirety

Posted by MtHealthy PD on Friday, December 14, 2018

When the officer approached, one of them became combative and began kicking and biting the officer, they said.

To stop the attack, police said the officer used his body weight to pin the female on the ground.

Body cam footage shows officers giving her several verbal commands to “stop” and to “relax," but she continued to act aggressively.

Mt. Healthy Arrest 8200 Hamilton - December 11, 2018

Warning Graphic Video - Body Camera Video of Responding Officers and back-up units.

Posted by MtHealthy PD on Friday, December 14, 2018

While carrying her to the police car, she continued to kick at one of the officers.

Mount Healthy Police Chief Vincent Demasi defended his officer’s actions.

Police said the incident is under investigation, but that based on an initial review, Demasi saw no obvious violations of policy or procedures.

Police Arrest- 8200 Hamilton December 11, 2018

Graphic Video - Arresting officer and backup officers

Posted by MtHealthy PD on Friday, December 14, 2018

“Portions of this incident were captured by motorists on video. The video was posted on several social media platforms and is circulating. This incident is currently under investigation by the Mount Healthy Police Department. Based on my preliminary review, I see no obvious violations of policy or procedures by the Mount Healthy officers responding to this call for service. It does again highlight the need for citizens to comply with an officer’s lawful request, and then complain to a supervisor if they believe a violation of authority has occurred. Physically resisting a law enforcement officer is a serious violation of the law. Mutual respect and decorum must exist in order to support a thriving community,” he said in a Facebook post.

No one was injured.

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