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Viral Facebook Live Video Shows Ohio Man Being Beaten and Punched During Arrest

Euclid Ohio Police Brutality Arrest Beating

A viral Facebook Live video shows a man being violently arrested in Euclid, Ohio.

A live-streamed video that was making its way around Facebook on August 12th (2017) shows a man being violently arrested in Euclid, OH. (Note: many of the people sharing the video had for some reason misidentified the location as Edina, MN.) As of right now, there aren’t a lot of details outside of what can be seen on the video. (That video is embedded below.)

Later in the evening, the Euclid Police Department did release a statement in which they said that the cops pulled a man named Richard Hubbard III, who is from Cleveland, over for a traffic violation. They then decided to arrest him for some unspecified reason. Euclid is a suburb of Cleveland.

According to the EPD statement, Hubbard refused to turn around and face away from them when the police officers ordered him to. Initially, there are two cops involved in the beating. Eventually, at least three other cops arrive and begin helping handcuff Hubbard.

The cop, that can be seen hitting Hubbard numerous times, including in the back of his head, has not been identified yet. Currently, he is on paid vacation while his co-workers perform an “investigation.”

A woman who can be seen recording with her cell phone apparently was arrested also once the other cops arrived.

Below, is the statement from the Euclid police, via Fox8.com in Cleveland:

Euclid police released a statement about the incident, saying that just before 10:30 a.m., an officer pulled over Richard Hubbard, 25, of Cleveland, for a moving/traffic violation near 240 East 228th Street.

Hubbard was ordered out of the car told to face away from the police as he was taken into custody. Police say that Hubbard ignored that order and began to physically resist as the officer took him into custody.

The violent struggle, pictured below, lasted for over 3 minutes.

Update: Partial dash cam video (also embedded below) has been released, which is included as an update to the previously cited Fox8.com post. However, it’s still not very clear even on that video why the police saw Hubbard as a threat when they initially decided to arrest him.

According to the new statement from police, Hubbard was being arrested for not having a license. In addition, although it isn’t shown on either video, the statement says that Hubbard was tased. (The taser can be seen being thrown onto the street after it apparently wasn’t effective.)

They also state that they thought he was going to run, but he appears to be boxed in between the car, the open car door, and the officer who would later assault him. It doesn’t seem like he would have much of an opportunity to run, even if that was his intention.

Bystander Video

Local News Report With Dash Cam Video

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Video Update: Ohio Cop Who Ran Stop Sign to Ticket Lyndhurst Man For Flipping Him Off

The following post and accompanying video were shared with the CopBlock Network by Dominic Fallon, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. This submission consists of a second video containing an update of a previous submission by Fallon. In that submission, Fallon stated that he had flipped a cop off, who then turned around and ran a stop sign while speeding himself in order to issue a speeding ticket in retaliation.

Date of Incident: October 10, 2016
Officers Involved: Sergeant Greg Traci – Badge #107, Officer Matt Eden – Badge #014, Officer David Boss – Badge #006
Department Involved: Lyndhurst (Ohio) Police Department
Department Facebook Page: Lyndhurst Police Dept.
Department Phone No.: (440) 473-5116

If you have a video, personal story involving police misconduct and/or abuse, or commentary about a law enforcement related news story, we would be happy to have you submit it. You can find some advice on how to get your submission published on the CopBlock Network within this post.

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After I was ticketed for “speeding” in Lyndhurst, I decided to gather more video evidence that I also posted in the video update. I wanted to thank the creators of this organization for helping to shed light on the corruption throughout our justice system and I’m sorry it took so long for this update.

I do want to let people know that all cops are not bad, but like every other human on this planet, they do make bad decisions sometimes. Without this organization, I do not think I would have had the courage to go out and film government officials breaking the law.

Even though I was still charged for speeding, I am a man of my word and did state that I did travel no faster then 28. Maybe one day we will have a new law set across this country that would encourage officers to document and turn in the officers that do make these bad decisions and also be rewarded with some type of incentive.

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– Dominic Fallon

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Two Off-Duty Cops Involved in High Speed Chase “Punished” with Suspensions and Community Service

Back in May of last year, two off-duty Ohio cops that were caught driving 77 in a 35 mph zone refused to pull over and led police on a high-speed chase into a residential neighborhood. Eventually, they were stopped after they made a wrong turn and pulled into a private driveway.

It was at that point that the Fairlawn police officers pursuing them recognized them as Officers Justin Herstich and Brandon Foster, also of the Fairlawn Police Department. Instead of being arrested, beaten, and/or murdered for running from the police, they were simply allowed to leave, apparently without even having to get out of their vehicle.

Later, Officer Hertisch, who was driving at the time, was charged with failure to comply with the orders or signal of a police officer, reckless operation of a vehicle, and speeding. Of course, by the time it went to trial those charges had been “amended” to one single charge of obstructing official business. Officer Foster, the passenger, received his Policeman’s Discount right away and was not charged at all.

Last week, they officially received their “punishment.” Via News5Cleveland:

Two Fairlawn police officers, who were off-duty when they led on-duty officers on a high-speed chase, have been suspended without pay, according to law director Bryan Nace.

Officer Justin Herstich was suspended for 45 days, but 15 days were held in abeyance. He began serving the suspension this week.

Officer Brandon Foster was handed a 15-day suspension, but 10 of those days were held in abeyance.

In addition, Herstich cannot be a training officer or an officer in charge for one year. Foster can’t take on either of those roles for a period of nine months.

“There’s an economic aspect here that hits them in the pocketbook, but I also I think it sends a message that you can’t have this type of lack of judgment even when your off duty,” Nace told News 5…

Herstich faced traffic charges for speeding and reckless operation of a motor vehicle. He was also charged with willful fleeing.

The fleeing charge was reduced to obstructing official business, according to Akron Municipal Court. The officer was found guilty on the amended charge and given community service.

So yeah, I have no doubt that Nace is correct that that thirty day suspension and community service that Herstich got, along with the five days without pay Foster had to suffer through, for something anyone else would have been facing felony charges over will serve as a loud and very clear warning to them and everyone in that department that they can’t just get away with this sort of thing. Not to mention the look of disappointment over their “bad lack of judgment” he reportedly gave them the day after their little high-speed adventure.

That’ll show ’em.

Dashcam Video of the Chase

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Drunk Off-Duty Cincinnati Cop Causes Panic by Dropping Her Gun While Harassing People in a Movie Theater

Sergeant Shauna Lambert of the Cincinnati Police Department was arrested last week after she showed up at a movie theater in Milford, began acting weird and harassing people, then dropped her department issued 9mm handgun. She was off-duty and drunk at the time.

Reportedly, her behavior included standing up several times during the movie and physically grabbing at least two other patrons, who attempted to move to another area to avoid her. Lambert responded by moving back toward where they were sitting, which is when she dropped the gun. There are conflicting accounts of whether she was attempting to pull the gun out at the time that it fell to the floor.

People within the theater began running out once they saw that it was a gun she had dropped, prompting an evacuation of the building. Others held her down on the floor of the theater, while one man picked up the gun and removed it from the building. She was then arrested, while still sitting within the theater. (See videos embedded below.)

It’s also been revealed since this incident that this isn’t her first drunken, armed rodeo. In fact, she’s now been arrested twice within the past nine months for alcohol related offenses. Back in April of last year, Sgt. Lambert was arrested for driving drunk in Blue Ash, when she was caught speeding and driving over the median then refused to perform a field sobriety test or take a breathalyzer.

Via WLWT5.com (the local NBC affiliate):

Shauna Lambert, a 23-year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department, was arrested in Milford on Friday.

Witnesses told police Lambert had dropped a gun onto the floor of a movie theater during a showing of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

No bullets were discharged, and no one was hurt, but Lambert was charged with having a gun while intoxicated and inducing panic.

It’s the second blemish on her record in nine months.

On April 29, Lambert was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence after Blue Ash police Officer Jason Asbury noticed her car speeding across a median on State Route 126.

Officer Asbury tried to perform a sobriety test on Lambert, but the test ended abruptly when Lambert was asked to walk in a straight line.

TRANSCRIPT OF DASH CAM VIDEO

Officer Asbury: “Then take nine more steps back, OK? One, two, three, all the way until you get to nine.”
Lambert: “You want to do this?”
Officer Asbury: “You understand everything so far?”
Lambert: “Do you want to do this?”
Officer Asbury: “Yeah, do you want to do this? I’m asking you. Are you going to perform these tests?”
Lambert: (inaudible)
Officer Asbury: “You’re not going to perform these tests? OK, ma’am. Turn around and face the car.”

Lambert refused to take a Breathalyzer test and pleaded guilty a few weeks later to an amended charge of reckless operation of a vehicle.

In spite of having pled guilty to that previous (conveniently “amended”) case and having a total of seven on-duty auto accidents (I’m thinking the same thing), Sgt. Lambert was kept on the payroll by the Good Cops within the Cincinnati Police Department, even though she still lost her license as a result.

In addition, although her personnel records contain glowing praise of her “strong sense of right and wrong” and willingness to impose that on others, as well as her exceptional standard of decision making by her supervisors, it also shows a history of citizen complaints filed against her, including one for “sustained discourtesy.”

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Harris County Sheriff’s Office Drops Drug Charges Against Texas Man After “Meth” Turns Out to be Cat Litter

A sock full of cat litter ended up leading to a Texas man being publicly branded as a drug dealer, when deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office managed to mistake it for meth. In yet another case of faulty field tests that have repeatedly been exposed as wildly inaccurate, police issued a press release and bragged on Facebook about how their “big drug bust” had kept everyone’s children save from the scourge of methamphetamines.

Meanwhile, Ross Lebeau was taken to jail on charges of drug possession with the intent to distribute, based on the “meth” weighing in at over half a pound. As a result, he lost work and will be forced to go through the process of having his record expunged, even though the charges were dropped, to avoid the stigma of having been identified, very publicly, as a drug dealer.

In spite of that, Lebeau is surprisingly unwilling to place any blame on the deputies who used notoriously innacurate equipment to declare the cat litter was an illegal substance. For their part, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office released a second press release, in which they had no problem whatsoever placing the blame squarely on Lebeau’s shoulders saying that the deputies did everything right and that his statement that he didn’t know what the “unknown substance” was is what was responsible for the mix-up.

Via ABC13.com (in Houston):

Lebeau and his attorney do not blame the deputies for the ordeal, rather the field tests.

“Ultimately it might be bad budget-cutting testing equipment they need to re-evaluate,” said George Reul, who added prosecutors practically laughed when he told them it was cat litter.

“I would like an apology,” said Lebeau.

He says the accusation has caused him to lose work, not to mention the embarrassment. He will work to expunge his record.

“I was wrongly accused and I’m going to do everything in my power, with my family’s backing, to clear my name,” he said.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Statement:
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped Mr. LeBeau for a traffic offense on December 5, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. During that initial stop the deputies detected a strong odor of Marijuana emitting from his vehicle. Mr. LeBeau was question and admitted to having marijuana in the console of his vehicle.

The drugs were recovered and in the process of inventorying his vehicle a substance was found wrapped in one sock in his vehicle. Mr. LeBeau was questioned about the contents at which time he indicated that he had no idea what it was. The deputies followed proper procedures and field tested the substance on two separate occasions which field tested positive for methamphetamines, notified the District Attorney’s Office who accepted charges for possession of controlled substance of 200 grams and Mr. LeBeau posted bond and was released.

During the investigation Mr. LeBeau failed to identify the substance and later, after being released indicated on social media that the substance was cat litter that he kept in a sock in his vehicle.

Regarding this incident all indication shows that the deputies followed basic procedures and followed established protocol related to this incident. Because of the established procedures in place and this contraband was submitted to the Institute of Forensic Science it was determined not to be methamphetamine and charges were dismissed.

It doesn’t look like he’s going to get that apology. At least the prosecutors were able to get a good laugh out of it.

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