Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Police Department has released bodycam footage that showed a man battling with officers after he shattered the glass door of a bank with his bare hands (video below).
The suspect died at a local hospital several days later.
The incident took place at Arvest Bank on Aug. 24, after police received several reports of a man who was tearing off his clothes and screaming, Tulsa World reported.
Bodycam footage showed the officers as they made contact with the suspect, later identified as 25-year-old Joshua Harvey, at attempted to take him into custody in the middle of a street.
“Relax,” one officer said calmly, just before Harvey took off running towards the bank.
“He hasn’t done anything yet. He’s just acting crazy,” one officer told his partners. “He’s on something…let’s let him wear his -ss out. We’ll catch up to him.”
The officers returned to their vehicles and began heading towards Harvey’s last known location.
“Don’t run in the bank,” the officer said as he began getting out of his car to intercept Harvey again.
As the officers followed after him, Harvey reached the bank’s outer doors and began yanking on them aggressively, causing one to shatter and sending an explosion of cascading shards down onto his head, the video showed.
Harvey’s face was “instantly covered in his own blood from the shattered door,” police said, according to Tulsa World.
“Oh s--t. Alright. We’re gonna tase him,” one officer said, as they made their way across the broken glass and into the bank.
“Tase him,” the officer repeatedly told his partner, as they moved in behind Harvey just outside a second set of glass doors.
Despite the jolt of electricity, Harvey managed to stay on his feet, and pulled open the glass door before he collapsed onto the ground.
The officers ordered Harvey to place his hands behind his back, but he repeatedly tried to rise to his feet, prompting an officer to tase him again.
“Roll over,” one officer ordered, as Harvey firmly crossed his arms across his chest.
“Yeah! Yeah!” Harvey yelled, while another officer tased him yet again. “Go harder! Go harder!”
Harvey whooped and rolled onto his back, continuing to fight the officers’ attempts to handcuff him and clasping his hands together in front of him.
“Relax buddy, roll over,” one officer said.
“No!” Harvey replied, writhing on the ground. “I’m Lebron James.”
Working together, the four officers were able to wrestle Harvey’s left hand into the handcuffs, but he kept his right arm clenched firmly underneath his chest as he laid on his stomach, and refused commands to release his hand.
“What the hell is he hooked onto?” on officer asked.
“Nothing, he’s just turtling up,” another responded.
It ultimately took all four officers to force Harvey’s right hand out from underneath his body and into the handcuffs.
One officer then directed another to contact emergency medical personnel.
“He’s obviously on something,” the officer said. “There’s no way we got him without the Taser. We would have been wrestling him for an hour.”
One officer commented that he hoped Harvey didn’t have any infectious diseases, because his blood was all over one of the other officers.
“Oh dude, I know. I know,” the officer responded.
The officers held Harvey to the ground as they waited for medical personnel to arrive.
“Get the tasers off me!” Harvey yelled at one point, presumably referring to the probes in his back.
“No. You’ve been naughty this morning and we’re not happy with you,” the officer responded. “We’re really disappointed in your behavior today…now they gotta do all kinds of biohazard cleaning…was a perfectly nice business.”
“Allah! Jesus!” Harvey began yelling.
“Gotta pick one of them,” one officer replied.
The officers discussed the lack of effect the Tasers had on Harvey, and one officer commented that one of the devices didn’t seem to be working properly.
“When his Taser didn’t work, I was like, ‘Oh I betcha one of your leads isn’t working,’ so I hit him and then it worked,” one officer said. “How many times did we hit him, like 10…and just nothing.”
Harvey appeared to lose consciousness just before medical personnel wheeled a gurney into the bank.
He was pronounced dead at the St. John Medical Center on Aug. 27 – three days after the altercation, Tulsa World reported.
Tulsa police are awaiting the medical examiner’s office report to determine the manner and cause of Harvey’s death, and released bodycam footage of the altercation “in an effort to collaborate and show transparency,” Tulsa World reported.
“At this point we just want to know exactly what happened between Joshua and the TPD officers, and call on TPD to be forthcoming and transparent during this process,” Harvey’s family’s lawyer, Damario Solomon-Simmons said on Friday evening, according to Tulsa World. “In the meantime, I ask for prayer for Joshua’s family as they prepare for his funeral services.”
You can watch bodycam footage of the incident in the video below: