VIDEO: Cop Under Investigation For Neck Restraint On Suspect Who Spit On Him

Sandy Malone

Mobile police are investigating a video that showed an officer put Howard Green Jr. in a neck restraint.

Mobile, AL – A Mobile police officer has been taken off patrol duty while the department investigates a viral video that showed him putting a suspect in a neck restraint during an arrest (video below).

The incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon when Mobile Police Officer Blake Duke stopped 53-year-old Howard Green Jr. for a traffic infraction, AL.com reported.

Green had three open warrants and when officers went to take him into custody, a passerby filmed the arrest on their phone.

The video showed Green on the ground beside a police car while two officers put him in handcuffs and searched him for drugs and weapons.

Green screamed when his arms were pulled behind his back and someone off camera yelled that he had a broken wrist.

So the officers used a second set of handcuffs to secure his arms more loosely.

The video showed Officer Duke standing over Green and then grabbing the suspect by his left arm and hauling him to his feet.

Officer Duke marched Green around the front of the police car and as they got to the other side, the video showed Green twisted to face the officer and spit in his face.

Suddenly, Officer Duke grabbed the suspect and slammed him up against the side of the police car, the video showed.

Then he wrapped his right arm around Green and put him in a neck restraint to hold the suspect’s face away while another officer opened the back door of the cruiser.

Officer Duke tried to put Green in the back of the police car but Green screamed that he had a broken wrist and refused to sit down.

So the officer shoved Green at the waist and pushed him back into the car without hitting his head, the video showed.

Bystanders yelled at Officer Duke and told him they were filming him.

He turned around and replied that he was filming them too.

A moment later he told them to move on before he arrested them for disorderly conduct, the video showed.

Green was charged with failure to obey, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct, in addition to the three original warrants, WBTW reported.

Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste told WALA that he had opened an investigation into the incident and put Officer Duke on desk duty while it was conducted.

Chief Battiste said that the video concerned him but that it was too early to say whether Officer Duke had used excessive force.

The chief said the video appeared to show the suspect spitting in the face of the officer which led to arrest tactics that followed, WALA reported.

“Our goal is to gather all of the facts and then of course hold those individuals within our department, if there were policy violations, accountable for their behavior,” he said.

The chief said investigators would use the videos on social media in addition to officers’ bodycam videos in their investigation, WALA reported.

Court records showed that Green has been arrested more than 20 times since 1993, WALA reported.

But the police chief said that doesn’t matter.

“He could be the worst criminal in the world, but our job is to make sure that we treat all citizens in this community with dignity and respect in the performance of our duties,” Chief Battiste told WALA.

Officer Duke joined the Mobile Police Department in 2018 and was Officer of the Month twice in 2019.

Watch video of the incident here below:

Comments (92)
flybynight
flybynight

13/60 and climbing.

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LynnSB
LynnSB

Should have busted his jaw then the F’er couldn’t spit ! I have NO Robles with the officer !!

LEO0301
LEO0301

The officer didn't choke him so what's the problem? Personally, I think the officer used great restraint.

BubbaDon'tPlay
BubbaDon'tPlay

... and the sheboons go wild!

Shepfershort
Shepfershort

Dignity?!? You're kidding, right? You get what you give. Waste of air.

Ferret guy
Ferret guy

If these officers are going to get fired for restraining people for spitting, might as.well fuck them up and get their moneys worth

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Why is (sic) you choking him?

I am completely okay with, "so he can't spit on anyone else."

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flybynight
flybynight

Well how will he ever garner any respect if he can't first spit on people. *sarc

Woobie46
Woobie46

Have you ever heard so many morons on one video???? These people are too dumb to live!

jsant277
jsant277

Those bystanders are indicative of some of society's woes....Lack of respect for the law and police officers. They immediately assumed the worst and unfortunately societal pressure may push the Chief to make a decision that is contrary to good prudence.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Spits on a cop? What is wrong with these people?

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

if he had spit in the pigs face he would have been charged for it! as the video does show is this is a violent POS piggy that needs to be fired! he is a safety issue to the public.

firedogg95
firedogg95

Well, his SGT was there, she didn't think it was an issue, so why does the Chief of Police, oh sorry, Chief of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS and RIGHTEOUSNESS. Guess he doesn't trust his administrations judgement! SAD stance to take! Lets start defending your staff instead of caving to the A_HOLES that cause problems and disrespect your staff!

DR226
DR226

If I were the officer I would've taken off his cuffs and shaken his hand really firm and brisk. ( The broken one )

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

That racist idiot recording this and from a distance sets judgment on the Cops without knowing the facts. She didn't even know what happened before she started recording. She didn't know that the one handcuffed spat on the Officer. Her comment of "why he chokun heem he dun nufin and he be chokin heem". Yes he had the choke hold most likely to without choking pressure but just enough to hold the guys face away from him so not to get spat at again. It was only a very short time to get him into the car. It was the arrested ones fault for the Cop having to use force to get him in because on the non cooperative attitude to getting in the vehicle.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Was his wrist broken? How did it get broken?

How clearly does the video show the spitting? Can you see the alleged saliva?

Sargejh
Sargejh

Treat all prisoners with dignity and respect?! Are you fucking kidding me Chief? That’s all nice talk till someone spits in your face. What would you have done. How is this video disturbing? Way to back your men “Chief.” All about covering yours ass, right! Why don’t you do/say the right thing instead of worrying about doing things right?

Mel.Knight157
Mel.Knight157

My husband just got terminated for this very thing. A woman spit in his face, and my husband pushed her head back and grabbed her buy the cheeks and told her not to do it again. That was it. That's all that happened, and she was not injured. The chief of police sent my husband home a week after that. He called the TBI to investigate, and the TBI ended up clearing him. There was no real internal investigation done within the department. No complaints from the woman that spit in his face. In fact, she apologized to him when he served the warrant for assault. No complaints came from anyone. The chief came to the conclusion on his own before the TBI's assessment that my husband used excessive force and then he terminated him. My husband has never been written up. He stays out of trouble, and he's always reliable. He was officer of the month like the one in this story, too. My husband's chief went from 0 mph to 100 mph and fired him without even speaking to him. We're still fighting this in court 6 months after the assault. I sure hope this officer is treated fairly. I wouldn't wish our last 6 months of hell on anyone. Assault is assault, and officers should be able to defend themselves. They don't sign up for this job to just take the abuse. People need to stop being scared of what police work looks like. That includes those in leadership positions. It's sad when officers not only have to worry about their safety on the streets. They need to be concerned whether their departments will support them or not.

Stanracer
Stanracer

The hoodrats are restless.

mike wauters
mike wauters

As usual, the 13% sticking up for their own, even if their own is the biggest piece of shit the 13% has to offer. And they wonder why nobody wants them around?

gottie
gottie

Whenever a police Officer 👮‍♀️ makes arrest they all start taking pictures ..
They have nothing better to😡 and Complain

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

All authorities above the Cops on the streets need to have there backs. This out of control Political Correctness in America has to stop. People have got to stop tiptoeing around everyday situations because there overly cautious of offending someone's feelings due to race, creed, color or religion. Society has gotten way over sensitive.

sgtmacD
sgtmacD

After all the experience cross country we.
've had with cops(Whitemainly) arresting Blacks in Black neighborhoods after a crime has been committed by the perp, or has assaulted the P.O. after refusing to accede to lawful direction by the P.O. , that those in charge would have a EUREKA moment, disregard politics and back the cop or disregard all crime in those areas.

sgtmacD
sgtmacD

No Guts

RandyJ
RandyJ

he din' do nuffin'----only spit in the cops face

uv_catastrophy
uv_catastrophy

It's pretty sad when police officers can't handle things without losing control - it's a sign of mental weakness. A better officer would have wiped the spit off and carried on as if it didn't happen which would have invalidated the gesture. Spit doesn't hurt it's just offensive and if an officer can't handle it he should join the girl scouts and sell cookies for a living - no one every spits at a girl scout.

Jimhilton911
Jimhilton911

If you ask me the P.O.S. was damn lucky he only got choked.

He should be grateful the LEO exercised so much restraint.

What he actually deserved was his face smashed in!

jrahh43
jrahh43

So sad that Mobile is caving to the political left that is hellbent on ruining this country.

Blueblood345
Blueblood345

Racist, what everyone who supports criminals says.

Blueblood345
Blueblood345

The criminal who spit on the officer is the piggy.


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