Harvard Student Found Naked On Street, Video Shows Police Punching Him

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Officers located and verbally engaged the naked male standing on a traffic island in the middle of Massachusetts Avenue.

The clips, sent to authorities by a bystander, sees three Cambridge Police officers and an MTBA Transit Police Officer take down student Selorm Ohene.

A woman called 911 saying a man had thrown his clothes in her face. Most of the concern is not about police intervening with the student but how they did so - video shows the student being punched after he was detained. "The video speaks for itself". Ohene then turned from me and started walking in the direction of Officer Maziarz.

"Cambridge affirms that Black Lives Matter, but it must be true in practice as well".


"One of the reasons that we righteously get upset is that officers, once they get to the scene and immediately, before even understanding what's going on around them, they see a black body and they immediately attack". "When confrontations can not be averted and include use of physical force, we must be willing to review our actions to ensure that our police officers are providing the highest level of safety for all".

If Ohene was restrained, why was there a need to strike him?

"What is shown on the video is disturbing", McGovern continued.

As the confrontation with police officers occurred, people continued watching, some taking videos with their phones.


Harvard University's black law student association said several of its members witnessed the incident, which they described to be a "brutal instance of police violence". Once on the ground, officers were unable to gain compliance because the male contorted his body in a way that pinned his arms under his body and officers were unable to handcuff him.

The professors noted the circumstances of his arrest have generated a major public debate, but said that Ohene won't be part of it - except, possibly, in a courtroom.

Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern said video taken by an onlooker shows an officer punching the man, who is black, several times. He was arrested and charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, assault, resisting arrest, among other charges. The video has caused outrage in some corners with people accusing the police of using brutality against a black man; the police commissioner says he's standing by the officers and accuses Oherne of being disorderly, but the incident is under investigation. "If anyone ever had to constrain an individual against their will, they will know it's a very hard thing to do", he said. A naked, unarmed Black man, stood still on the median at the center of Massachusetts Avenue across from Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church.

In response to questioning from reporters at the briefing, Bard specifically discussed one CPD officer's decision to repeatedly punch the student in the stomach. The officers held him to the ground until paramedics arrived, placed him on a stretcher, and put him in the ambulance. The statement, which was signed by more than a dozen other student groups, said that "a pool of blood" was left on the pavement by the struggle. "Shortly thereafter, firefighters came and cleaned up the blood with bleach and water".


"We will be asking questions of ourselves, recognizing that the responsibility rests with the University to establish the conditions of trust necessary for effective campus policing and the delivery and coordination of effective health care", Faust said. We'll continue to review and refine our protocols, policies and trainings as appropriate to ensure we are most effectively, sensitively and safely handling incidents to uphold the highest degree of professionalism and standard of service our community expects from its police department.

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