VIDEO: Officer On Leave After Repeatedly Slamming Oxygen Thief's Head On Ground

Cell phone video captured New Castle police officers' fight on Monday night.

New Castle, PA – A New Castle police officer has been placed on administrative leave after outrage stemming from video showing him slamming a suspect's head on the ground (video below.)

New Castle police were called to a residence just before 5:30 p.m. Monday, after they received a report of a domestic disturbance where the suspect allegedly choked a juvenile.

They arrived at the home and encountered Perry Lowry, 49, who “attempted to run towards a knife lying on the kitchen counter, causing the first officer on scene to begin struggling with the male,” the department said in a press release on Wednesday.

Officer Ronald Williams then arrived at the scene, and found his fellow officer fighting with Lowry on the floor, the New Castle News reported.

Officer Williams deployed his Taser three times in an attempt to subdue the combative man, WTAE reported.

Despite the repeated shocks, Lowry continued to fight with the officers on the floor of the residence, and attempted to crawl towards the counter where the knife was still located, the New Castle News reported.

Cell phone footage captured the altercation from that moment forward.

According to the criminal complaint, Officer Williams grabbed Lowry by his shoulder, then slammed the man’s chest and head to the floor until he stopped resisting arrest, WTAE reported.

“Don’t kill him,” a male voice said nonchalantly in the video. “I think he’s dead.”

Officers then handcuffed Lowry, who sustained a cut to the forehead during the altercation, police said.

He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

After his cut had been sutured, Lawry became agitated, and attempted to grab several cutting instruments from the doctor’s cart, the New Castle News reported.

Lowry, who had a blood-alcohol content of 0.326 percent, also had an unopened beer stuffed in his pocket, and began drinking it while at the hospital, police said.

The video footage from the altercation was shared widely on social media, causing many people to question the officer’s use of force.

One woman, who refused to be identified, told WPXI that she shared the footage because she “didn’t want it to be swept under the rug.”

“He was scared,” the woman said. “You could hear it in his voice that he was scared.”

“He didn’t deserve to have his head, you know, slammed on the ground,” she added.

The New Castle Police Department said they were aware of the video, and that they were investigating the incident.

“The New Castle City Police Department takes every allegation of the use force very seriously,” the department said. “Please allow us time to conduct a full, fair and impartial investigation.”

Officer Williams was placed on administrative leave, pending the internal investigation.

Lowry, 49, was charged with simple assault, resisting arrest, and harassment, WTAE reported.

Lowry appeared in court on Tuesday, and was being held on $5,000 bond, the New Castle News reported.

You can see video from the incident below:

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Matt haines
Matt haines

This here would be a good advertisement for excederin....now THAT'S an Excedrin headache lol

John-Brown
John-Brown

Add to that the use of a hyphen for no apparent reason. And the multiple periods, again for no apparent reason. My point was not to say his comment wasn't acceptable for an internet post, but to point out that his very statement, calling out someone for their misspelling, was ironic considering his own questionable writing. I stick to what I said. Show it to any English teacher.

BlueLifeParent
BlueLifeParent

If this piece of shit would have put his hands behind his back his head wouldn't have got cracked open. Should they have let him went ahead and got the knife and see how much injury he could cause to the police officers. Come on people use some common sense the thug was not responding to a lawful order to surrender. End of paragraph.

RunCop
RunCop

Ok all you liberal puke cop-haters......please tell us how you would handle this situation !!