Allentown Police Department Releases New Video of Incident Where Officer Knelt Over Man | Lehigh Valley Regional News


ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Allentown Police Department has released a new, approximately 9-minute video of the incident Saturday night that has sparked protests in the city.

The video was captured from a strategic point across the street, city police said in a press release. At one point during the incident, an officer had his knee on the man’s shoulder and head, according to a force-use expert.

The video can be viewed on the website of the police department.

During the first four minutes of the video, you can see a person who appears to be having a medical, mental health or drug and alcohol crisis, city police said. He appears to vomit multiple times and is seen to drop his cell phone and appears to have trouble walking and standing, police said. According to the statement, two officers who were in the hospital on an unrelated matter can be seen interacting with the distressed person in an effort to direct him toward the entrance to the emergency room.

The next part of the video shows a physical interaction between the person, police and hospital staff, police said. 23 seconds of this part of the video is reflected in a video that has been circulating on social networks. During the interaction, a breathable saliva mask is placed over the person’s head, police said. The mask is used to protect hospital personnel, officers, and others from coming into contact with body fluids such as vomit and saliva.

The final part of the video shows hospital staff and police escorting the man to the hospital. He received treatment and was later released, police said.

The police department and the county district attorney’s office continue to investigate the incident. Witnesses are being interviewed and evidence is being collected.

The Lehigh County District Attorney is continuing to investigate and will issue a statement when his review is complete, which is not expected until later this week, according to the statement.

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