Graphic Video Shows Cops Beat Man for Several Minutes Over Traffic Violation
Euclid, OH — Richard Hubbard, arguably, should not have been driving with a suspended license. He also, should not have been uncooperative when police asked him to step out of the vehicle he was driving. But neither offense, in the minds of many objective observers, deserved the several minutes long beat down he received at the hands of Euclid police.
Because so much of the traffic stop is unknown, as only the second half of it was recorded by a spectator, there are many unanswered questions. But what is known is Hubbard appeared to be complying with police, yet was violently arrested with actions that included punches to the head, knees on the skull, twisting and turning of arms, hands, and fingers. All in all, Hubbard was horribly manhandled.
Adding insult to injury, his friend, who was recording the incident was also placed in handcuffs in a clear violation of her First-Amendment right to record police interactions. From the video, it seems she never once, although we are sure she wanted to, attempted to intervene in the violence.
Euclid police responded with a statement saying “just before 10:30 a.m., an officer pulled over Richard Hubbard, 25, of Cleveland, for a moving/traffic violation near 240 East 228th Street” according to Fox 8.
The statement also says the unnamed officer was taken to an area hospital, treated and released, but the suspect, who bore the brunt of the violent beat-down, was taken to jail and examined by a healthcare provider. Yes. That’s right. The one giving the beat-down was treated at the hospital and the one receiving the actual violence got checked out when he got to jail. We, at TFTP, thought that was ironic.
Councilwoman Taneika Hill was admittedly disturbed by the now viral video she watched which documented