Loraine, Ohio. It’s 2014 and police officers arrest a man named Pele Smith. And to say that the cops are somewhat heavy handed with him is an understatement. So rough is the arrest that – while handcuffed – when they push him on their police cruiser, his chin smashes the windshield!
Fast forward two years and Smith is now suing the Loraine Police Department. He was admitted to the Mercy Regional Medical Center after the assault by Officer Zachary Ferenec and claims to still be suffering from the incident.
Police had cause to arrest Smith on a drugs charge after he was thought to be distributing and swallowed a baggy when questioned… “I know it doesn’t look good,” Lorain Police Captain Roger Watkins later admitted. “But our intention wasn’t for him to hit the windshield.”
Here’s a short CNN report on the incident, complete with the footage of Mr. Smith’s heavy handling…