Brevard Activist Wants Citizens’ Police Review Board After Video of Cop Punching Suspect Last Month
By Melonie Holt, WFTV // January 9, 2018
ABOVE VIDEO: A Brevard County activist will ask the Titusville City Council on Tuesday night to consider forming a citizens’ police review board. (WFTV Video)
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA (WFTV) – A Brevard County activist will ask the Titusville City Council on Tuesday night to consider forming a citizens’ police review board.
The request stems from a December drug arrest that was captured on a cellphone and appears to show a 20-year-old suspect being punched after he’s taken to the ground.
Amari N. Hair, of Titusville, faces charges of possession of heroin and possession of hydromorphone.
Hair was placed in handcuffs and taken down to the ground by two officers, the video showed.
Moments later, an officer told Hair to stop resisting and then punched him in the face because Hair disobeyed commands to stop reaching for his front waistband, police said.
The chief said his department is still gathering all the facts in the case, which is now the center of an internal affairs investigation.
ABOVE VIDEO: Footage of the arrest last month.