Police chief defends use-of-force in video of arrest

Police chief defends use-of-force in video of arrest

The chief of the Muncie Police Department released some context regarding a of officers using force during an arrest Sunday.

The , which garnered thousands of shares within a few hours on Facebook, shows an officer punching a man who Chief Joe Winkle says had ran from police and refused to show his hands.

The was also being shared on Quad Cities area social media this week, with people reporting it happened in Moline rather than Muncie.

Chief Winkle says the suspect, 36-year-old Joshua Douglas, threw a bag containing 65 grams of crystal meth during a foot pursuit. Someone reportedly called 911 on Douglas because they were afraid he was going to drunkenly drive his car from a Taco Bell.

Although some are questioning the officers’ use of force during the apprehension, Chief Winkle says he believes they followed protocol for a person resisting arrest. The chief says the officers didn’t know whether the man had a weapon on him.

Officers did manage to place Douglas into custody. He’s now facing charges of resisting law enforcement, dealing methamphetamine, and possession of a narcotic.



By: ThisIsButter (21535.30)

Tags: other news, wtf

Location: Muncie, IN, USA

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