VIDEO: Man Challenges Ohio Cops In Viral Video, Gets Popped In Face

Columbus police released dashcam and bodycam video in response to outrage over viral cell phone video.

Columbus, OH – Police have released bodycam and dashcam footage of an incident on June 7 after cell phone video of an officer hitting a man went viral and sparked outrage in the community.

The ShotSpotter detection system alerted Columbus police to shots fired at about 4 p.m. in the 900-block of Heyl Avenue on the south side of Columbus, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

Officers arrived on the scene and began investigating, including talking to the people in the house on the corner, nearest the address where the gunfire was heard.

While police were questioning a man from that house, more officers arrived and a police helicopter began circling overhead, the video showed.

All of a sudden, a woman carrying two toddlers made a mad dash across the street toward the house that was being investigated.

Officers ordered the woman to stop and Columbus Police Officer Carl Harmon stepped up to block her, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

That’s when 25-year-old Jonathan Robinson, who was the woman’s husband, decided to get in Officer Harmon’s face and squared off with the police officer, the video showed.

“Get back!” the officer ordered Robinson in the video.

“Or what?” Robinson asked.

“Get back!” Officer Harmon said again.

“Or what?” Robinson challenged him, stepping closer to the officer.

“Keep back,” Officer Harmon told him one more

At that point, Columbus Police Officer Anthony Johnson intervened.

The video showed Officer Johnson, carrying a shotgun in his right hand, used his left hand to shove Robinson as he warned the man to “get back.”

Then he switched his shotgun to his left hand and used his right to punch Robinson in the face with a closed fist, the video showed.

Robinson reeled backwards and then was grabbed by two other police officers, who took him to the ground and handcuffed him, the video showed.

At that point, Robinson’s brother tried to get involved and aggressively approached officers.

The video showed he got a face full of pepper spray for his trouble but was not ultimately arrested.

Bodycam and interior dashcam video showed that Officer Johnson tried to talk to Robinson once he was seated in the back of his police vehicle.

However, Robinson wasn’t interested in civil discourse. Nor did he cooperate and provide his Social Security number to the officer, the video showed.

Officer Johnson had to scan Robinson fingerprints on a portable machine to try to confirm his identity when the man’s Georgia driver’s license wasn’t coming up in the system.

But later, once Robinson had a chance to cool down, he and the officer engaged in a friendly conversation as they sat inside the SUV.

The officer explained that police had to stop his wife and children when she rushed the house they were investigating and Robinson seemed to understand.

“I don’t know what she was doing,” Robinson told Officer Johnson in the video.

Officer Johnson told Robinson that he should explain it to his wife later and tell her that she caused what led to his arrest.

And then the officer gave the handcuffed man a pep talk, the video showed.

Robinson confided that he was thinking about starting a landscaping business and the officer suggested that he also consider property management.

Officer Johnson has a reputation on his police department for positive interactions with the community that he serves.

He is very active on social media and posts under the username “OhNoItsDaPoPo,” The Columbus Dispatch reported.

There is even a video of him dancing with some neighborhood kids.

Robinson was charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of official business, WBNS reported.

“Columbus Police is conducting an investigation into all aspects of this incident,” the police department posted on its official Facebook page. “The results of the investigation will be released upon its completion.”

Watch the incident unfold in the video below – best view of the altercation begins at 22 minutes:

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shooter
shooter

...and pull up your damn pants.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Mofo damn!!! 🤕

cabman86
cabman86

HA!

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

A question: The citizens shown in this video clearly do not want the Police in their neighborhood despite the Shot Spotter hit. They are unwilling to assist with investigations, seem to think that common sense and Laws don't apply to them and openly antagonize the very people that are there to address the livability problems. This would lead a reasonable person to conclude that these citizens are not interested in the safety of their own family and friends.

That being said, then why should anybody else care? Just do what they want...ignore their neighborhoods, don't enforce the laws against these "chosen ones" and let them kill each other off. At the same time cut off welfare, food stamps, aid to families, unemployment, welfare, medical aid, money for dependents and every other social welfare program to those neighborhoods. If you don't choose to live by the rules of society then you should not be gleaning the benefits of that same society.

Tekhore
Tekhore

Crime...the new black entitlement.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

That Officer did nothing wrong. You do not run up on an LEO and get in his/her face, PERIOD!!! People need to respect the 5 foot rule!!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

Why do common denominators have such a hard time minding their own business? If the police show up, and you have nothing to offer, stay away!! God, these people are more than annoying!

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Skipped a couple steps in the use of force continuum there. Will probably make a deal with the guy to drop the obstruction charges in exchange for not suing (although I think that is problematic). Not a good example of de-escalation.

Budman2082
Budman2082

Used to work an area just like that. The video brought back fond memories.

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

Good. Woke that dumbass right up, didn't it....

isay
isay

Look

isay
isay

Looks like he found out what ( OR ELSE ) MEANS

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

“Back Up”! “Or what”? Smack! Hahahahahaha

Bigg59
Bigg59

I don't understand what these people are thinking the officers are there to protect them and try to stop someone shooting My dad alway said if you can't listen you can feel perfect example

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

This kind of behavior and response by the black community defines ‘animal’. That does not apply to all blacks and that is very unfortunate indeed because the whole community gets labeled because of the assholes.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

t one cop carrying a shotgun shoves, then punches the man who was showing no signs of aggression. That cop has been identified as Columbus police officer Anthony Johnson aka Officer AJ, former cop hater turned Instagram celebrity.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Wish they'd pass a federal law when cops show up to investigate something and before people know what's even going on they already got the cell phone out videoing everything, you should be able to pepper spray that fool.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Hot headed idiots as usual.

Forbidden
Forbidden

just watched you drop your kid on the ground. don't say you care about your family.