Video of Ashland PD arrest comes under scrutiny
ASHLAND, ORE. - Back on May 19th, the Ashland Police Department arrested a man for resisting arrest, interfering with police and disorderly conduct. On July 12th, the Human Rights Oregon Facebook page posted a video of the arrest. Since then, the Ashland Police Department has received numerous responses on social media about the methods used in the arrest.
Police Chief Tighe O'Meara thought the video did not truly give a thorough view of the entire altercation. The video itself only shows the arrest, not what happens before to cause it or what happens after the arrest. O'Meara noted that after the man was arrested, he did not file any complaints toward the department.
The Oregon branch of the American Civil Liberties Union saw the video and mentioned in an email that they questioned if the arrest had to happen in the first place. From a second video that the Human Rights Oregon page linked to underneath the original video, the man consistently yelled at the officers claiming that they were violating federal laws. The incident all began when the police arrived at the Lithia Plaza in Ashland to issue a citation at another man.
On July 15th, the APD posted a statement on their Facebook page describing the incident and defending the actions of the officers.