The Cambridge Police Department on Saturday said it launched an internal probe after video appears to show officers tackle and and punch a black Harvard student who was naked as they arrested him on Friday night.
Bard added, though, that he is making no final determinations prior to "completing a complete and thorough investigation".
Video police officers repeatedly striking Selorm Ohene, a black Harvard University student, has gone viral. A woman had called police to report that a naked man had thrown his clothes into her face. "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", he said. Video taken by a bystander and released by the police shows the man being confronted by officers on a concrete median in the middle of a busy street, before he is dropped to the ground.
Two officers were treated at a hospital for minor injuries and unprotected exposure to body fluids, police said.
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. As the confrontation with police officers occurred, people continued watching, some taking videos with their phones.More news: J. Cole Announces New Album 'KOD' Out Friday
Faust condemned the arrest of a Black student by Cambridge police, reports The Crimson, and called for better discretion against "the backdrop of increasingly urgent questions about race and policing in the United States". As he turns his back to one of them, the officer tackles him. He has been charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, assault, resisting arrest, and battery on ambulance personnel.
"This has been and continues to be a trying ordeal for Selorm and for his family", said his attorneys, Prof. "The video speaks for itself".
Ohene could be heard exclaiming, 'Help me, Jesus! Sullivan is the director of the Criminal Justice Institute, which provides hands-on experience for students who represent "indigent adults and juvenile clients facing misdemeanor and felony charges in the Boston criminal courts", according to its website.
Bard, who is black, said officers are trained to use the least amount of force, along a "continuum" that begins with the officer's arrival.
Because use of force was required in order to gain compliance from Ohene to avoid further injury to himself, the responding officers or any on-lookers, an internal review will be conducted by the department's leadership and Professional Standards Unit, per policy of the department.More news: Watch SpaceX launch an observatory to hunt alien planets
"The allegation that officers were stopping anyone from filming, I haven't seen any evidence of that", he said.
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.
Cambridge Mayor Marc C. McGovern called the incident "disturbing" and said in a statement Sunday that "that the horrific treatment of black Americans at the hands of law enforcement has no place in Cambridge".
Bard said once the suspect was on the ground, he "contorted his body in a way that pinned his arms under his body and officers were unable to handcuff him" and an ongoing struggle ensued.
"He is now recovering from injuries sustained during his encounter with the Cambridge Police Department, " the attorneys wrote in a joint statement.More news: Irish country music legend Big Tom McBride dies aged 81