Harvard president calls beating of Black student "profoundly disturbing"


Officers who responded to the scene found Ohene standing nude in the middle of a traffic island on Massachusetts Avenue.

The Globe reported Tuesday that Drew Faust said that while all of the facts are not yet known, the incident raises important issues about the relationship between police and the communities they serve, student health resources, and the manner in which university units operate with each other and their community partners.

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"The video speaks for itself", the lawyers said. As mandated by department policy, CPD is conducting an internal review in the wake of the arrest given the incident involved use of force.

According to MassLive, "officers can be seen repeatedly punching Ohene while bystanders shouted at police".

The Cambridge Police Department tweeted about the incident on Saturday morning, but didn't note that any misconduct or violence had occurred while the arrest was being conducted. The video has caused outrage in some corners with people accusing the police of using brutality against a black man; the police commissioner says he's standing by the officers and accuses Oherne of being disorderly, but the incident is under investigation. "He was surrounded by at least four Cambridge Police Department (CPD) officers who, without provocation, lunged at him, tackled him and pinned him to the ground".

Bard said part of the reason an arraignment has not been scheduled for Ohene is because the department is evaluating his mental health. They opted to grab his legs and bring him to the ground. "You have to judge their actions within the context of a rapidly evolving situation and not within an ideal construct". He has been charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, assault, resisting arrest, and battery on ambulance personnel. Once on the ground, officers were unable to gain compliance because the male contorted his body in a way that pinned his arms under his body and officers were unable to handcuff him. He said the officers "engaged" with the student for "minutes" before tackling him.

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The lawyers said it had been a trying ordeal for their client and his family, and they asked the public and the media to respect his privacy.

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. The commissioner said "it's a very hard thing to do" to "constrain an individual against their will".

"A video recorded by an onlooker shows a Cambridge Officer punching the man several times", Cambridge Mayor Marc C. McGovern said in a press release. The statement, which was signed by more than a dozen other student groups, said that "a pool of blood" was left on the pavement by the struggle.

Branville G. Bard Jr., the Cambridge police commissioner, said at a news conference that he supported the arresting officers and had not placed them on administrative leave. "Shortly thereafter, firefighters came and cleaned up the blood with bleach and water".

"The video also shows that the man wasn't compliant while he was on the ground", Bard said. Davis previously said Harvard's Office of General Counsel and Massachusetts Hall, traditionally a name for the University's central administration, are "involved" in examining the Friday incident. In most cases, the extensive training our officers go through results in the de-escalation of damgerous situations. "Cambridge affirms that Black Lives Matter, but it must be true in practice as well", he said in a statement Sunday.

"We will work with City officials to address concerns members of our community have raised about interactions with the Cambridge Police Department", Faust continued.