The attorney for a 75-year-old Colorado man who was hospitalized after being arrested by police in his apartment in late May has shared a compilation of body cam videos of the incident.
The video was released as part of a lawsuit against a former officer Nicholas Hanning, who is face to face crime assault crime for duty Michael Clark, who was unarmed and barely clothed at the time Taser was deployed. Although Clark answered the door with what the video describes as a “shark mouth sword,” the video shows him obeying orders to put down his weapon.
The video was released by court order and shared by the Clark family’s attorney, Sarah Schielke. It begins with Hanning and a fellow officer Ellie Summers talking to Clark’s neighbors, Brittany Odom, who said Clark hit a common wall between their apartments, yelled at her “Shut up,” and then allegedly punched her in the face when she went to the house next door to confront him. Odom said she was sleeping at the time and did not make any noise.
“He smashed everything, my nose, my mouth,” Odom can be heard saying, while the words read “She has no visible wounds” and “not a single drop.” blood” appears on the screen. The text on the video also says Odom was drunk at the time.
All faces on the video, including Odom’s, were blurred out by court order, except for the officers and Clark. You can also check out the officers’ body cam videos below.
Hanning was later seen going to the apartment next door and knocking on Clark’s door, but did not appear to identify himself as a police officer. When Clark replied, one could hear him say “What do you want?” He was barely clothed, wearing only a pair of shorts and appeared to be wielding what police described as a weapon (a “knife”). Hanning kicked open the door, and he and Summers ordered Clark to put down the blade.
Clark complied, placing what turned out to be a “shark mouth sword” on top of a piece of furniture behind him. He then argued with the officers, while Hanning told him to get out of the apartment and Summers told him to get on the ground.
“Go to the ground,” Summers ordered Clark.
“No,” Clark said. “They hit that wall so hard, I think they’re going to go through the wall,” he added, gesturing in the direction of Odom’s apartment.
Moments later, as Clark stood inside his apartment, Hanning launched his Taser, hitting Clark in the middle of him. Clark is seen lying on his back on the ground.
When officers approached Clark, Summers said he was unconscious. Video shows a chair that appears to have fallen on Clark’s face after he lay on his side, and it appears that when officers tried to move Clark out of the apartment, officers caused Clark’s head to hit a piece of furniture. big wood.
As officers removed Clark from his apartment, Hanning was seen resting his knee on Clark’s neck as he lay face down on the hallway floor. Later, when Summers shows up to try to wake Clark up, Hanning’s body cam video shows Hanning removing the “shark-tooth sword” from where Clark had previously placed it — on top of a piece of furniture in the room. his apartment — and dropped it into the hallway in front of another apartment.
The video also shows EMTs taking care of Clark, who, after regaining consciousness, said he had no idea what was happening or why he was being held. He also said that the shark-tooth sword was in his apartment, and said he hadn’t moved it. He denied punching Odom, or anyone, and insisted he was “just lying in bed.”
“I didn’t do anything,” Clark said over and over, as the tethers were placed on the stretcher.
In addition to showing body cam footage, the video also alleges that Odom has a criminal history, including counts of fraud to lie to police, the more serious felony of assaulting a family and attempted murder. people.
Clark suffered a stroke the day after the incident, according to attorney Sarah Schielke, and has since had numerous health problems. Schielke said that Clark is currently in a 24-hour nursing facility.
“We knew things were going to go badly from Officer Hanning’s arrest statement,” Schielke said of the video in the statement. “But it turns out that affidavit is unfair to the extent that it is seen on these videos. They need to be seen to be believed.”
The Idaho Springs Police Department fired Hanning following an investigation into the use of force. In the July 16 statement announcing Hanning’s termination, the police description in the video matched much of what was seen, confirming that the officers did not identify themselves as police when they knocked on the door. Clark’s house and note that Clark was unarmed at the time. he was biased.
The Idaho Springs Police Department declined to comment on the video itself, but told Law & Crime that “the initial incident, in which officers were dispatched to investigate, was closed with no charges against any interested party.”
[Images via screengrab of video provided by Sarah Schielke]
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