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LPD: video shows officers followed policy during arrest

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Lubbock Police Department has released body cam footage after two videos surfaced on social media capturing an arrest near the intersection of 50th Street and West Loop 289 Wednesday evening.

LPD reports, after a review of video and other information, it has determined officers followed policies and procedures.

View the short clips widely being shared on social media below:


Here is a much longer video clip released by LPD of officer body cam.

 

LPD reports the man was soliciting money. An officer informed the man it is against the law. According to the police report, the man told the officer he would take the ticket. Then, he solicited money again, while the officer was writing the citation.

The officer then told the man he would get another citation. Documents from the department show the officer called his supervisor and asked permission to arrest the man, due to repeated violations.

The supervisor approved. When the officer when to put the suspect in handcuffs, police say he actively resisted arrest and fought the officer and his back-up.

The officer reported using an "open area take-down" on the man. Then, when he continued to fight, the officer punched the man three times in his abdomen, to gain compliance.

In a YouTube video Mayor Dan Pope's campaign posted Friday, Police Chief Floyd Mitchell says it falls within the department's less-lethal use of force policy.

"Our officers are being respectful, and we're going to continue to be respectful during these encounters," Chief Mitchell said in Mayor Pope's video. "There are times when we have to use force, and in those times, as soon as the threat or situation calls for deescalation, we're going to do that. That is a huge part of policing is deescalation."

Mitchell said he wants citizens to know he is going to protect them as best he can.

"I also have to make sure that my police officers understand when they do their job correctly, I'm going to protect them and defend them as well, and our officers did a good job during this incident," Chief Mitchell told the mayor.

In light of these events, Assistant Chief Jon Caspell says there needs to be an emphasis on community policing and making more positive headway with residents. This is something the department has been working on in recent years.

"Making sure that they understand that when we have to use force, if we are put in a situation where our officers have to use force to bring a chaotic situation under control that we're going to do it in a way that lends credibility to the situation and that we don't participate in police brutality," Caspell said.

The suspect in the video is now charged with assault on a public servant, a third-degree felony. If convicted, this carries a penalty of two to 10 years in prison.

 

Below is the police report detailing the incident leading up to the arrest:

*A1 is David McDannels, 36

While on patrol in the area of 5700 50th St. I observed A1 to step into and stand in the roadway of 5700 50th St. eastbound lanes of travel to solicit a ride, contribution, employment, or business from an occupant of a vehicle. I observed A1 to receive an object from a vehicle in the roadway.

I made contact with A1. I advised A1 that I observed him receiving an object from the vehicle in the roadway. A1 advised something to the effect of "I'll take the ticket".

I collected information to identify A1, and returned to my patrol vehicle.

While in my patrol vehicle  observed A1 to step into and stand in the roadway of 5700 50th St. west bound lanes of travel to solicit a ride, contribution, employment, or business from an occupant of a vehicle. I observed A1 to receive an object from a vehicle in the roadway, which appeared to be United States Currency from my point of observation.

I spoke with A1 from my patrol vehicle, in reference to soliciting in my presence, and advised A1 he would be receiving a second citation.

A1 replied, due to traffic in the area I was unable to hear A1 clearly.

I called for assistance from an additional officer by police radio.

V1 arrived on scene.

I made contact with V1. I advised V1 that A1 would be receiving an instantered citation for solicitation from a roadway. I advised V1 that A1 has a pet with him as well. I advised V1 that I would leave the pet with V1 to be transferred to a person A1 wishes to transfer the animal to, or to animal control if no such person is able to retrieve the pet.

V1 and myself contacted A1. I asked A1 if he had a person he wished to transfer the animal to at this time, who is able to do so. A1 advised  he did not.

A1 was advised to place his hands behind his back. V1 and myself then attempted to place A1 in a pair of handcuffs. While V1 and myself attempted to handcuff A1, A1 pulled his hands from V1 and myself and began actively resisting arrest. A1 moved forward away from V1 and myself. I used my left and right arm at this time to prevent A1 from fleeing by grabbing A1 around his abdomen. A1 turned to the north, at which time, V1 and myself placed A1 on the ground. A1 continued actively resisting arrest by refusing to place his hands behind his back. A1 then stood up from where V1 and myself had placed A1 onto the ground. I then used an open area takedown to place A1 back onto the ground. Once on the ground A1 placed his hands back under himself and began attempting to stand up again, continuing to refuse to place his hands behind his back. At this time I applied three closed fist strikes to A1's upper left abdomen with my left hand, in order to gain compliance. XXX arrived on scene. At this time A1 placed his left hand behind his back. I placed A1's left hand in a handcuff with assistance from XXX. A1 then placed his right hand behind his back. I placed A1's right hand into the other handcuff with assistance from V1.

A1 was then removed from the ground and set into an upright sitting position on the ground.

V1 advised V1 was struck by A1 while A1 was resisting arrest, causing V1 pain. V1 also advised her property had been damaged during the altercation. See V1's supplement for further information.

A1 was placed into my patrol vehicle. At this time I checked A1's handcuffs for proper fit, and double locked A1's handcuffs.

A1 in my patrol vehicle was moved to a nearby parking area.

XXX photographed V1, and A1 as a CSO at this time.

A1's dog was released to animal control.

A1 was arrested for the listed charges, transported, and booked into the LSO County Jail.

I submitted a copy of A1's booking paper as a trailing document.

I submitted the listed property to the LPD property room.

BWC and DVR were used at this time.

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