Cambridge police officers filmed allegedly beating Harvard student Selorm Ohene

A statement from the mayor of Cambridge addressing Ohene's arrest

According to a police report on the incident, Ohene was clenching both fists and walking toward officers.

Cambridge police are reconsidering the charges they filed after they arrested a Harvard student, with force, over the weekend.

CPD spokesperson Jeremy Warnick said in an interview after the press conference that the student is no longer being treated for injuries sustained during the arrest, but that he remains in the hospital-under police custody-for complications stemming from "drug ingestion" and from "an evaluation related to his mental health". It contains racial slurs and expletives used by bystanders as a crowd gathered. As the confrontation with police officers occurred, people continued watching, some taking videos with their phones. The department conducts training to equip officers to handle all incidents in a professional manner to ensure the safety of the public and our officers at all times. Critics have accused them of beating Ohene. Emergency Communications stated they had received a call from a woman who stated a male had thrown his clothes in her face. Six other people later called to report a man who appeared completely naked. He said the officers "engaged" with the student for "minutes" before tackling him. It was learned from his aquaintances that he may have ingested a hallucinogenic substance. His legs were grabbed, and he was taken down to the ground. Mr. Bard said the report would be made public as soon as it was completed.

"We operate in a practical world", Bard said. Oherne was taken to the local hospital. While in transport, he proceeded to spit a mixture of blood and saliva at an EMT. He has been charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, assault, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on ambulance personnel.

"The goal in these situations is always to use the least amount of force and to get the subject to mental health providers using the least amount of force necessary". There were about 30 onlookers during the incident, police said. "The video speaks for itself". "If anyone's ever had to constrain an individual against their will, they'll know that it's a very hard thing to do". "You have to judge their actions within the context of a rapidly evolving situation and not within an ideal construct". When officers arrived, they found Ohene on a traffic island. It also said the officers had tried to obstruct witnesses' attempts to record the encounter, but it did not specify how. "Every attempt that was made to calm Ohene down and reason with him was met with opposition".

The Harvard Black Law Students Association, some of whose members witnessed the scene, disputed the police account and claim the officers acted without provocation.

Ohene, who was standing near the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Waterhouse street, was naked. The third officer helps pin Ohene to the ground. "Help me, Jesus!" Eventually, a fourth officer helps restrain Ohene while another one can be seen punching the student.

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.

Davis previously said Harvard's Office of General Counsel and Massachusetts Hall, traditionally a name for the University's central administration, are "involved" in examining the Friday incident.

"What is shown in the video is disturbing. In most cases, the extensive training of our officers go through results in the de-escalation of risky situations", McGovern said in a statement. "When confrontations can not be averted and include the use of physical force, we must be willing to review our actions to ensure that our police officers are providing the highest level of safety for all". McGovern also said "Cambridge affirms that Black Lives Matter, but it must be true in practice as well". The group called it a "brutal instance of police violence", and questioned the involvement of police at all when they suggest Harvard officials should have dealt with their own student.

Cambridge Mayor Marc C. McGovern called the events "disturbing" in a statement Sunday. He is a native of Ghana.

Ohene is studying mathematics at Harvard, according to The New York Times.



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