AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The arrests of a driver and another man who was bitten by a police dog as he broadcast Facebook video of the encounter with troopers will be reviewed by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a spokesman said.
Patrol Lt. Robert Sellers told the Akron Beacon Journal on Tuesday that the agency will review the Monday night arrests in Akron to determine whether the force used was appropriate.
The newspaper reports a trooper initiated the stop over a missing license plate, but driver Samuel Tolbert continued to a home and later said he’d been unaware of the trooper. A dashboard camera video released Tuesday shows troopers pursuing the vehicle and arresting the 31-year-old Tolbert at the home of Dannie Oliver.
Oliver, 36, became upset about Tolbert’s arrest and started recording it. In the Facebook video broadcast live, Tolbert can be heard asking Oliver to call his mom and get his ID card from the glove compartment of the vehicle, which was parked in front of the home. That’s when a trooper approached Oliver and began shouting at him.
In the Facebook video, Oliver said troopers arrived at his home, drew their stun guns and slammed Tolbert to the ground as they arrested him.
Troopers said Oliver ignored orders to get away from the car, and they can be heard shouting at him to get inside the house. Oliver can be heard shouting repeatedly that a dog was attacking his leg. Sellers said Oliver was treated at a hospital for dog bites.
Both Oliver and the driver remained jailed Wednesday. Online court records don’t list attorneys for them.
Oliver is charged with obstructing official business, resisting arrest and receiving stolen property, according to a court official and court records. Tolbert is charged with obstructing official business, willful fleeing and a drug abuse offense involving marijuana. It was not immediately clear whether all charges against the men were directly related to Monday night’s events.
After the video was broadcast, people commenting through social media questioned why troopers didn’t do more to de-escalate the situation and criticized it as unnecessary police violence against a black man, the newspaper reported. Tolbert and Oliver are black.
The Akron Organizing Collaborative is demanding that the patrol and state and local officials hold a news conference to explain the events that led to Oliver being bitten by the dog, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
“We’re concerned about any abuse of power and any police brutality,” said Heather Andrews, who is working with the group. “We don’t want what happened on Monday night to happen again.”
Akron’s mayor said he plans to monitor the patrol’s investigation.
This story has been corrected to show the man who broadcast the Facebook video was a resident of the home, not a passenger in the car, and the patrol spokesman commented to the newspaper Tuesday, not Wednesday.
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