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Video shows police striking man with baton in North Carolina

Video shows police striking man with baton in North Carolina

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina authorities are investigating video that appears to show an officer using a baton to hit a black man who's already on the ground.

Video of the altercation posted Friday on Facebook had more than 40,000 views. By Sunday, that number had increased to six million.

The man, who was subdued by a half-dozen officers in the middle of a road, was identified as Frederick Hall.

The incident happened at the intersection of Garner Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

The clip begins with two officers getting up from the ground, with Hall swinging at one officer who then pushes him off.

Hall, who was not wearing a shirt or shoes during the encounter, continued to throw punches at two officers before a fourth pulls up and quickly jumps out of his car.

It appears the officer used a stun gun on Hall in an attempt to subdue him, but Hall moved towards the officer.

The officers swung their batons at Hall repeatedly throughout the encounter.

Eventually, the video of the encounter is obstructed by a Raleigh police car.

"They're trained to handle an arrest without physically impairing them," explained Reverend Portia Rochelle, the Raleigh-Apex NAACP President.

She led a press conference Saturday afternoon at Martin Street Baptist Church, where Hall's family was joined by local advocates who called for transparency in the investigation.

"We want some answers, an answer, a half-answer would be great at this moment," said Douglas Hall, Frederick's older brother.

Douglas said Frederick has dealt with diagnosed mental health issues since 2012. An added 2016 run-in with authorities left him injured.

"How can you justify kicking somebody in the head ten times? How can you justify stomping someone's hand? How can you justify beating them with a baton?" asked Angee Sam, Hall's sister.

Hall is currently being held at WakeMed, where his family was blocked from visiting or speaking with him.

They provided a video to local media of them attempting to enter the facility, where they were blocked by staff. One family member was eventually arrested and charged with trespassing.

Family describe Hall as quiet, hard-working and religious, noting that he worked two jobs. They declined to say where he worked, but noted he had been sent home from one of his jobs prior to incident for working too many hours.

"What in your policy, tell us the point in the video according to your policy, that justified what we see now. Now we see a mob attacking the one person," said Reverend Dr. Shawn Singleton, pastor of the Martin Street Baptist Church.

The Wake County District Attorney's Office said it is reviewing the video.

According to online records, Hall is charged with the following offenses:

  • Two counts of assault causing injury to a law enforcement officer
  • One count of assaulting a government official
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Resisting an officer
  • Leaving a vehicle unattended
  • Failure to wear a seat belt

No bond is listed. His court date is August 20, 2018.

The Raleigh Police Department issued the following statement:

The Raleigh Police Department is aware of the incident that occurred earlier today at Garner Road and Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; we are reviewing the matter in accordance with our departmental policies. In the spirit of transparency, we have proactively made the District Attorney's office aware of this situation. The Raleigh Police Department offers no further comment on this ongoing investigation.

Below is the full statement from Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman:

Late this afternoon I was made aware of a use of force incident regarding Raleigh Police Department by the Raleigh Police Chief Deck Brown. I have requested that all available video, including body cameras and dash cam video be provided to my office for review. I am in consultation with the State Bureau of Investigation and once we have completed a review, will be making a determination as to what the appropriate next steps are. We are requesting the community's patience as we go through this process.

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