UPDATED: Oct. 19, 2015 6:22 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A video of a man being arrested by Prince George’s County Police was retweeted more than 10,000 times after an officer punched him in the face while he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground.
The department says the civilian-shot video doesn’t tell the whole story, however.
“There’s a one-dimensional picture of this officer being painted to people across this country, who doesn’t represent who he is and doesn’t represent who we are,” says Deputy Chief Henry Stawinski.
Giovanti Moschino Young, 21, has been charged with multiple counts of assaulting police. Police say he managed to escape from a police cruiser at Wells Parkway and Route 1 in College Park around 5 p.m. Saturday after being arrested earlier in Laurel.
When the officer transporting the suspect confronted him, Young tried to kick the officer, bit him and spat at him. The officer used a taser on Young after he continued to struggle with him on the ground, police say.
“This individual would not yield, would not comply, and unfortunately, force had to be used, but it was used in a measured way to gain control,” Stawinski says.
Both Young and the officer were treated for their injuries sustained during the struggle.
Young remains in police custody.
Police released dashcam video of the first incident involving the suspect on Monday.
*WARNING: Profane language in video*
The department says Young originally gave officers a fake name during the traffic stop, but discovered he was wanted on an armed robbery charge in Howard County and failure to appear in court.
He is charged with obstruction and hindering a police officer, three counts of second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Police say he also faces charges for destroying a side mirror on a police cruiser and escaping a police cruiser.
Anyone with more information relevant to the investigation is asked to contact police at email@example.com
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