CMPD source: officer body camera footage being reviewed in possible case of excessive force

There are new details surrounding cell phone video from Tuesday that shows a CMPD officer apparently punching a suspect in his back.

Fox 46 has learned from a CMPD source that there is also footage from police body cameras, possibly showing other angles of the arrest. CMPD is not releasing that footage, nor are they confirming its existence.

CMPD says it's investigating a video from Tuesday morning sent to FOX 46 via Twitter that involves several officers. In the video, you can see one officer strike a person who is being held on the ground by other officers.

CMPD says they are investigating whether or not this was a case of excessive use of force. They confirm that the internal affairs unit is reviewing video and interviewing people who saw what happened.

According to CMPD, someone flagged down a Highway Patrol trooper about a vehicular hit and run at the intersection of Village Lake Drive and Independence Boulevard. CMPD officers began looking for the driver who left the scene.

Officers found the person they believe left the scene near Sardis Place Apartments. When officers tried to approach Malcolm Elliott, 26, he ran away. Police say Elliott resisted officers when they tried to restrain him, pulling his arms away when they tried to put him in handcuffs.

CMPD says Elliott has a minor cut on his arm, but they're not sure if that's from the hit and run accident or the encounter with police. He did not ask for medical care.

Police charged Elliott with hit and run, resisting arrest, and driving while license revoked.


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