According to police, an officer pulled 25-year-old Richard Hubbard III over on E 228th St. just before 10:30 a.m. for "a moving/traffic violation". Police ordered Hubbard out of the vehicle, instructing him to face away, so they could arrest him. Police tell Fox 8 Hubbard ignored their order and began to resist as he was taken into custody. The incident lasted more than three minutes.
"It is the mission of the Euclid Police Department to provide professional and transparent service to the residents, business owners, and visitors to the City of Euclid", Lt. Michael Houser said in the news release.
A family member said the suspect in a video that went viral on Saturday is said to be resting and recovering after police were seen punching and slamming his head into the ground.
Hubbard was medically examined at the Cuyahoga County Jail Euclid Annex. He posted bond on charges of driving under suspension and resisting arrest.
The arresting officer, whose identity is not known at this time, treated and released at a local hospital. "This entire incident will be reviewed, in detail, so that the public can have a full and open understanding of the series of events that eventually led to this violent encounter".
"I was very disturbed by what I saw.I am waiting for my chief and my mayor to respond to me and add some clarity".
WARNING: The video of the arrest may be disturbing for some viewers. I will never understand why the officers would continuously hit. "I can only speak on what my heart felt".
A spokesperson for the Cleveland NAACP, Mike Nelson told Fox 8 sources that he plans to ask the Justice Department to look into the practices of the Euclid Police Department, to determine if there is a pattern of excessive force.