The Black Lives Matter group will be holding a rally on Monday to protest the violent arrest of a Bradenton man.
The arrest happened last month and was caught on cell phone video. Officials say a man apparently high on spice attacked multiple police officers in Sarasota, leaving them with minor injuries.
It happened when Sarasota police responded to reports of an “ill and violent” patient at a home on Gore Court.
When officers knocked on the door, they were greeted by Chad Washington of Bradenton, who had an active felony warrant for failure to appear. Washington tried to slam the door on their faces, but the officers were able to push the door open.
As they tried placing him in handcuffs, police say Washington punched an officer in the face and another in the arm. Investigators tell us he continued punching, kicking and biting officers for several minutes until additional officers arrived and subdued him.
Cell phone video taken in the moments after the arrest show several officers around Washington, using a taser on him and kicking him while trying to take him into custody.
The events leading up to the video are up for debate.
“The first thing they did was attack him. They charged him to the floor and started punching him,” said Washington’s fiancé Darnesha McMillan.
McMillan claims he’s a victim of police brutality. McMillan says she called 911 because Washington was vomiting and foaming at the mouth. She says when officers arrived, they immediately started beating him.
But The Sarasota City Police Chief says her officers did nothing wrong. An internal investigation was completed last week.
“I think the officers acted appropriately in this case. At this point, the officers had an obligation to take this person into custody as safely as they possibly could,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino.
After his arrest, Washington was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Once he was medically cleared, he was taken to the Sarasota County Jail.
The officer who was punched in the face and bitten was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and released. The officer who was punched in the arm was treated and released at the scene.
Police said Washington was under the influence of narcotics and was in an “excited delirium” state of mind. They found MDMA in his possession and also believe he was under the influence of spice.
Washington was charged with three counts of battery on a law enforcement officer and possession of a controlled substance.
Black Lives Matter will hold a rally outside Sarasota City Hall Monday night from 6 to 8 p.m. They want the charges against Washington dropped and the officers who used a taser on him to be held accountable.