Two Harvard law school professors will represent student arrested by Cambridge police

Two Harvard law school professors will represent student arrested by Cambridge police

Three police officers and a Transit Police officer pinned Ohene - who may have been on hallucinogenic drugs, an acquaintance told police - to the ground in an attempt to restrain him, according to the department.

The police arrived at 9:09 p.m.at Massachusetts Avenue and Waterhouse Street, along Cambridge Common in Harvard Square. The man had been the subject of at least seven emergency calls, including one from a woman who said he had thrown his clothes at her.

Cellphone video recorded by a bystander and released by the police shows one of the officers punching Ohene a total of five times while the student is lying on the ground.

"The video speaks for itself", the lawyers said.

"I absolutely do support the officers".

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

As you know, there was an arrest last night that involved use of force by our officers.

"Ohene was found completely nude in the middle of Mass Ave. acting completely irrational", Officer Steven Burke wrote in an incident report. After he was observed clinching both of his fists and started taking steps towards officers attempting to engage with the male, officers made the tactical decision to grab his legs and bring him to the ground, however, the male resisted arrest once on the ground.

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.

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Ohene's arrest was caught on video, and drew an outcry from Harvard's Black Law Students Association.

According to MassLive, "officers can be seen repeatedly punching Ohene while bystanders shouted at police".

He is charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, assault, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on an ambulance personnel.

The professors noted the circumstances of his arrest have generated a major public debate, but said that Ohene won't be part of it - except, possibly, in a courtroom.

"So they continued other measures, other control holds, other uses of their batons, to try to get the arm leverage from underneath the man's body", Bard said. The commissioner said "it's a very hard thing to do" to "constrain an individual against their will". A naked, unarmed Black man, stood still on the median at the center of Massachusetts Avenue across from Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church. To prevent the altercation from extending and leading to further injuries, particularly since the location of the engagement was next to a busy street with oncoming traffic, the officers utilized their discretion and struck the individual in the mid-section to gain his compliance and place him in handcuffs. The statement, which was signed by more than a dozen other student groups, said that "a pool of blood" was left on the pavement by the struggle.

The mayor of Cambridge, Marc C. McGovern, called the video "disturbing" and said he wanted to ensure "that the horrific treatment of black Americans at the hands of law enforcement has no place in Cambridge". "Shortly thereafter, firefighters came and cleaned up the blood with bleach and water".

"We will work with City officials to address concerns members of our community have raised about interactions with the Cambridge Police Department", Faust continued.

As a police department, our officers are rightfully required to uphold the high standards expected from the community, city leadership and police leadership.

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