Cincinnati, OH – Officials have released bodycam video of an attack on a Cincinnati police officer earlier this month that occurred as officers were trying to arrest a robbery suspect (video below).
The incident began on July 8 when 34-year-old Charlando Peoples allegedly stole a man’s cell phone and punched him in the face, WXIX reported.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said Cincinnati Police Officers Johnny Harris and Andre Miller responded to the scene.
Deters said Officer Miller tried to take Peoples into custody but the suspect resisted and shoved him, WXIX reported.
Then Peoples “lunged toward [Miller] and punched him in the face” and then retrieved a “large metal pipe” and struck Officer Harris in the head, according to the prosecutor.
Officer Harris, a 16-year veteran of the police force, was seriously injured in the attack, WLWT reported.
But he and Officer Miller continued to follow Peoples as the suspect walked away down the middle of the street in front of them.
Bodycam video showed that both officers tased the suspect but he was not subdued.
Each time a Taser was deployed, Peoples screamed with rage and pulled at his shirt.
Additional officers arrived on the scene and attempted to get Peoples to stop but the suspect kept walking, screaming with rage as he went, the video showed.
Officers attempted to de-escalate the situation and get Peoples to surrender but he refused to engage and continued walking.
Officer Harris followed the suspect and the procession of officers trying to arrest him from a distance, bodycam showed.
The video showed the wounded officer said several times that the suspect had gotten him pretty good and there was blood on his hand.
Officer Harris’ bodycam showed the 15 minutes escapade through downtown before a large group of officers were able to subdue the suspect after he was tased for the fifth time, WXIX reported.
Peoples was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, assault, attempted murder, obstructing official business, and two counts each of robbery, felonious assault, and criminal damaging.
If convicted, Peoples could face up to 21 years behind bars, WXIX reported.
Deters said Officer Harris suffered “serious physical harm” at the hands of Peoples, including several broken bones in his face and a broken nose.
He said Officer Harris will require reconstructive surgery, WXIX reported.
“This guy is lucky he did not get shot,” the prosecutor said. “The restraint these officers showed is nothing short of remarkable.”
“We are living in a time where violent criminals feel emboldened,” Deters continued. “I know many officers go to work every day in fear that they will have to use deadly force. It is outrageous that our culture has created this environment, but it is the sad reality.”
“Any attack on our law enforcement officers will not be tolerated by the Hamilton County Prosecutors Office. We will do everything in our power to ensure this violent criminal goes to prison for as long as possible,” he added.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content: