Cruiser-cam video obtained by this news organization showed the July 12, 2018, incident continued after Washington, 27, was being detained un-cuffed in the back of a cruiser as officers searched a car Washington had been operating on Harriet Street.
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Police had separated Washington and a woman who had been in a car nearby; records indicate police were sent to the scene when callers reported a couple was fighting in a vehicle.
The video and audio shows one officer asked another what Washington was doing in the back of the cruiser and another answers, “He’s trying to get out.”
After several verbal exchanges, an officer tells Washington to “put your back to us” and “you’re going to get pepper-sprayed, dude.” Washington responds, “Sir, please. Sir, please. I don’t want any problems, sir. Just let me chill.”
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Moments later, the video shows the officers then begin attempting to restrain Washington. In the ensuing struggle, one officer uses his Taser, and probes appear to connect with Washington.
Another camera angle shows Washington and three officers tumble toward the ground before a fourth joins. At least three officers are seen appearing to punch Washington and are yelling at him to stop resisting.
“I’d like to think that change is going to happen with the police,” said Washington’s attorney, Carl Goraleski. “I don’t see signs of it yet. This was a good case for change to begin. Maybe it still will.”
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Harris was quoted in the investigation saying Washington kicked him in the lower right shin, that Tasings were not having the desired effect and that his 10-15 strikes to Washington’s abdomen were not fazing the suspect.
“I know we told him multiple times … stop resisting, give us your hands, give us your hands,” Harris said. “You could feel him tense, he was completely tense. For the size he was, it was in my opinion that he was on something. His strength was, in my opinion, extremely unnatural for someone his size.”
The report stated Washington was trying to grab at officers’ gun belts and one’s genitals.
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“I started delivering strikes to his face to try, just to try, to get him down on the ground because I didn’t want him to get anything out of anybody’s belt and end up in a shooting situation,” Harris wrote.
“I looked at the video many times, and I didn’t see aggressive behavior initiated by Mr. Washington that warranted the response,” Goraleski said. “He was outnumbered, out-muscled, outgunned, out everything.”
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