RALEIGH, N. C. – No charges will be filed against a North Carolina police captured on video striking a suspect with a baton, the prosecutor said Monday, as the police new released footage of the man throwing punches at the officers and knocking one down.
Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman announced that her office won’t prosecute officers shown damping Frederick Darnell Hall in bystander video that began circulating on Friday. Newly released police dashboard video taken from a different angle, see Hall throwing punches at officers before he was brought to the ground.
“While this incident is unfortunate and distressing to see, are the law enforcement officers are authorized under the law to use violence to stop an attack if necessary,” Freeman said in a statement. She noticed officers tried to use a stun gun on the Hall for the use of any other power.
A bystander video surfaced Friday, obtaining the scores of the social media, showed what happened after the Room was already on the ground, when an officer repeatedly strikes him with a baton. Another witness video shows the Room swinging at the officers.
Community activists have decried the twist with Hal is yet another example of excessive use of force by the police.
Hall was charged over the weekend with several counts of violence, as well as resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
The public prosecutor of the office not immediately respond to a message late Monday, the question of whether Hall has an attorney. Multiple phone offers associated with Hall-address, the connection was broken.
The Raleigh Police Department obtained a court order allowing the release of multiple clips of dashboard and body camera video Monday. North Carolina law generally requires a judge to sign off on the release of the police video.
The department has also issued a statement with new details about what happened. Officers were called Friday morning to investigate a vehicle left unoccupied on a busy street with the music loud. She said that she found the defendant to walk around on a intersection with no shirt or shoes.
The press release said Hall, who seemed excited and “in an altered state,” would not work as officers spoke with him. After officials tried to stop him from getting back in his car, he attacked them, police said.
The press release said officers suffered cuts, abrasions, insect bites, and bruises that required treatment in a hospital.
In the release of the new images, the department wrote that some of the video clips previously posted on social media and aired by news outlets ” does not have a complete and accurate representation of the incident.”
It is not the first time this year that Freeman’s office has to consider whether officers went too far in a video confrontation. Two former state troopers and a sheriff’s deputy have been charged with the assault of a pedestrian with flashlights and a police dog during an April twist.
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