RALEIGH, N.C. – The Latest on a video showing North Carolina police striking a suspect with a baton (all times local):
North Carolina police have released new dashboard video that shows a suspect throwing punches at officers before he’s brought to the ground and hit with an officer’s baton.
Video of the altercation that first surfaced Friday gained scores of views on social media, showing an officer swinging his baton at the suspect while he’s on the ground.
Video released Monday by Raleigh police shows what preceded that.
In the newly released dashboard video, suspect Frederick Darnell Hall can be seen throwing punches at officers. He appears to knock one to the ground and shove another out of the way.
He’s later brought to the ground, and one of the officers can be seen continuing to swing a police baton.
Hall faces charges including assault. The district attorney announced that the police officers won’t be charged.
A North Carolina prosecutor says no charges will be filed against officers over a video showing police striking a black man on the ground with a baton.
Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said Monday her office won’t prosecute officers involved in the arrest of Frederick Darnell Hall. The decision comes after a review of body camera footage and bystander video of police subduing Hall Friday.
One witness video of the altercation shows a shirtless man throwing punches at police. In a video by another person at the scene, the man is shown on the ground surrounded by a half-dozen police, with one officer repeatedly hitting him with a baton.
Freeman says police are authorized to use force to defend themselves. Hall faces charges including assault on a government employee.