Arrest Last Night at Massachusetts Avenue and Waterhouse - Police Department

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Officers located and verbally engaged the naked male standing on a traffic island in the middle of Massachusetts Avenue.

Police said they told Ohene they were "only there to help him and were concerned for his safety;" however, he became "aggressive, hostile, and intimidating" and approached officers with clenched fists, prompting them to take him to the ground, the report continued. "Help me, Jesus!" as he struggles with the officers.

"Police have acknowledged that an officer punched him five times in the stomach", The New York Times reported.

Bard-while emphasizing that he has not yet conducted "a frame-by-frame review" of video of the arrest-offered a detailed account and a defense of the CPD officers' actions Monday.

With two different stories coming from police and witnesses, a spokesman for Cambridge police said in an email Sunday that the department is committed to a "thorough and complete" review.

A video, shot by a bystander and released by police, shows an officer grabbing Ohene's legs from behind and knocking him forward into another officer. He was taken to a local hospital after spitting up blood.

Bard said officers had difficulty in getting one of Ohene's arms from underneath his body to be able to handcuff him.

"It's important to not gauge the officers' actions within the context of an ideal construct and to actually gauge their actions within the context of a rapidly evolving situation", Bard said.

Officers pulled Ohene by his legs- a maneuver that made him fall to the ground
Officers pulled Ohene by his legs- a maneuver that made him fall to the ground

Segun Idowu, a police accountability advocate in Boston, said it's too early to say whether police overreacted, but he can understand why the use of force resonates with some activists.

Police have charged Ohene with disorderly conduct, indecent exposure, resisting arrest, assault, and assault and battery on ambulance personnel. Bard said the student was preventing the officers from placing handcuffs on his arm-and he said CPD officers tried multiple other methods of subduing the student including using their batons.

Asked why the student has been charged if the incident involves concerns over the undergraduate's mental health, Bard said the department is now working to decide whether the student's situation means he would be better served by "means other than the criminal justice system". "Once on the ground, the male continued to resist arrest", according to the police commissioner. A video taken at the scene showed police pinning the man down and repeatedly hitting him in the stomach. "If anyone ever had to constrain an individual against their will, they will know it's a very hard thing to do", he said.

"As Mayor, I will continue working with my colleagues to make sure that the horrific treatment of black Americans at the hands of law enforcement has no place in Cambridge".

The BLSA statement over the weekend noted that "a pool of blood remained on the pavement" as the ambulance carrying the student departed the scene Friday night.

Ohene "was flailing, kicking, and the officers were doing everything within their power as they go up that force continuum to bring him into custody and compliance and control safely", Bard said.

Drew Faust, the president of Harvard, released a statement in which she called the incident "profoundly disturbing" and "upsetting". "We have high standards for our police officers in Cambridge". Each incident officers are involved with can have varying degrees of challenges and dynamics, which is why our officers undergo extensive and some of the most progressive training in country, particularly in the areas of Trauma-Informed Training, Crisis Intervention Training, Mental Health Training, and de-escalation techniques.

"Cambridge affirms that Black Lives Matter, but it must be true in practice as well", McGovern said.