Richmond community claims excessive police force during arrest

Published: Apr. 17, 2013 at 3:12 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 27, 2013 at 3:35 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A community in Richmond is outraged at what they're calling excessive police force after a man suffered seizures during an arrest by Richmond and RRHA police.

Cell phone video from a witness of the Gilpin Court incident, shows officers standing over the suspect, Dominique Redd. Redd, 22, appeared to be handcuffed and on the ground. His body seems to twitch.

Other cell phone video shows Redd being rolled on a stretcher to an ambulance. He appears leaned over and unconscious. You can hear people screaming, clearly upset.

Witnesses of the incident say two police officers were overly aggressive with the Redd. Bystanders believe this is what likely caused him to have a seizure.

Richmond police say they responded to a drug complaint on St. John Street, Monday afternoon. Teosha McCoy, a witness, says the officers tried to arrest Redd.

"They (police) was trying to handcuff him, and he yanked away. And that's when (police) knocked him on the ground. Then they hand cuffed him….That's when the bald headed officer...He punched him in his his rib cage on his side," described McCoy of what she says she saw.

McCoy says another officer restrained Redd, as well.

"Then the white officer had him around the neck, and his face was on the ground…(Redd) couldn't breath... He was gasping for air," continued McCoy.

Richmond police say that there is an internal investigation into this incident. However, a police spokesperson says that's protocol into whenever there are allegations of use of force. Police also said in a statement, "...An individual was arrested and police observed the person arrested having medical issues after the arrest."

Daphne Redd, Dominique's mother, says her son has never had seizures before. She says she hasn't been allowed to see Dominique in the hospital, since he's under arrest.

"I just want some answers," said Daphne Redd. "I'm hurt. I'm frustrated. I just want to see my son and hear him speak again, and hear his side of the story."

Redd is in stable condition. He's facing two outstanding warrants, a drug violation, resisting arrest and trespassing.

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