A video (below) of a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer punching an African-American suspect on March 1 in Matthews, North Carolina, has triggered an investigation of excessive use of force.
The 10-second video, acquired by WBTV from an unidentified source, shows Malcolm Glenn Elliott Jr. pinned on the ground, and surrounded by seven Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers and a North Carolina Highway Patrolman.
Elliott was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run collision, and fled the scene on foot to an apartment complex.
"Officers attempted to restrain him and continued to pull his arms away from officers as they attempted to place him in handcuffs," police officials told the news station. "One officer delivered strikes to the suspect’s back in an effort to gain compliance and take him into custody."
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The person who filmed the incident and asked to remain anonymous, told WBTV the man complied with police when he was told to drop on the ground and put his hands up, and did not resist.
Elliott was charged with hit and run, resisting arrest and driving on a revoked license.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department refused to release video from the officers' body cameras, citing an internal investigation.
According to The Charlotte Observer, the police department also refused to release the names of the officers at the scene during the incident.
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Police said Elliott had “a minor abrasion on his arm,” but didn't say if it was from the car accident or the punching.
Elliott reportedly did not ask for or get medical treatment.