LORAINE, Ohio - Newly released dashcam video shows an officer in Ohio slamming a handcuffed suspect onto a police cruiser with such force that the man's face shattered the windshield.
32-year-old Pele Smith has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Loraine, accusing several officers of excessive force.
"It’s unbelievable, it’s sad, it’s frightening that an individual, while in handcuffs, has something like that happen to them,” said Mark Petroff, Smith's attorney.
Though the dashcam video was just released, the incident happened back in September of 2014.
Officers were investigating a neighborhood for drug offenses when they stopped Smith for jaywalking.
According to WKYC, Smith had previously been convicted on drug charges and for possessing a firearm.
An officer at the scene believed Smith swallowed some drugs, and then say he became uncooperative.
Loraine Police Chief Cel Rivera released a statement to WKYC, stating that the video could be misunderstood and does not tell the whole story, asking people to not rush to judgement. "Although it is not easy to watch, police officers explain all of their actions in their police reports," the statement reads.
As part of a plea deal, Smith received probation after pleading guilty to charges of tampering with evidence, obstructing official business, and resisting arrest.