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:

Comments (30)
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Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Don't want to get into an altercation, don't put yourself in that position!

EMarie
EMarie

Don't call the cops to put out your trash. Good job Officers, great handling and restraint!

Marxest
Marxest

Let the man drink his beer!

Speaking of which, how the hell didn't the attesting officers not find the beer on him? Did they not search him? Suppose he had something else on him? I don't blame the officers for the use of force on a drunk and violent suspect, but I blame them for letting him have a friggin beer!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Use of force has to be reasonable. Arrestees (and perhaps even bystanders) actually have a right to resist excessive force. This is why excessive force makes things more dangerous for police, and why police officers need to be terminated or disciplined when they use excessive force.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Actually you don't have the right to resist force in regards to an arrest. "Excessive" is subjective. Submit to the arrest like a good little boy and if you think the police were excessive, file a complaint.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

The Commonwealth argues that the prohibition on resisting arrest as set forth in § 505(b)(1)(i) nullifies the right of an arrestee to use force in self defense regardless of the level of force used by the arresting officer. The Commonwealth also argues that an arrestee who is subjected to more force than necessary to effectuate the arrest can sue the arresting officer. That the remedy of a future lawsuit fails to address the exigent nature of a situation in which one's life and limb are in danger, focuses our inquiry on the critical aspect of this issue: while an arrestee's liberty interest can be adequately protected through legal channels when there has 49*49 been an unlawful arrest, one's bodily integrity is not adequately protected by those same means when an arresting officer uses excessive force. This distinction between resisting an arrest and resisting the use of excessive force by an arresting officer is sufficiently compelling for us to conclude that the use of excessive force by an arresting officer may trigger the right to use force in self protection under § 505 (or, by virtue of § 506, in protection of others)[7]. In determining the circumstances under which an arrestee may use force against an arresting officer, guidance is provided in the Official Comment to § 505, which states, "Under Subsection (b)(1)(i) the actor may use force if the arresting police officer unlawfully uses or threatens deadly force."[8]

The Official Comment to § 505 conditions an arrestee's use of force upon the threat or use of force by the arresting officer which is both unlawful and deadly. The Definitions 50*50 section of Chapter 5 of the Crimes Code defines "deadly force" as "Force which, under the circumstances in which it is used, is readily capable of causing death or serious bodily injury."

BuffaloDanimal
BuffaloDanimal

Ummm, I’ve watched this 5 times. What’s the problem?

LEO0301
LEO0301
Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday said: The Commonwealth argues that the prohibition on resisting arrest as set forth in § 505(b)(1)(i) nullifies the right of an arrestee to use force in self defense regardless of the level of force used by the arresting officer. The Commonwealth also argues that an arrestee who is subjected to more force than necessary to effectuate the arrest can sue the arresting officer. That the remedy of a future lawsuit fails to address the exigent nature of a situation in which one's life and limb are in danger, focuses our inquiry on the critical aspect of this issue: while an arrestee's liberty interest can be adequately protected through legal channels when there has 49*49 been an unlawful arrest, one's bodily integrity is not adequately protected by those same means when an arresting officer uses excessive force. This distinction between resisting an arrest and resisting the use of excessive force by an arresting officer is sufficiently compelling for us to conclude that the use of excessive force by an arresting officer may trigger the right to use force in self protection under § 505 (or, by virtue of § 506, in protection of others)[7]. In determining the circumstances under which an arrestee may use force against an arresting officer, guidance is provided in the Official Comment to § 505, which states, "Under Subsection (b)(1)(i) the actor may use force if the arresting police officer unlawfully uses or threatens deadly force."[8] The Official Comment to § 505 conditions an arrestee's use of force upon the threat or use of force by the arresting officer which is both unlawful and deadly. The Definitions 50*50 section of Chapter 5 of the Crimes Code defines "deadly force" as "Force which, under the circumstances in which it is used, is readily capable of causing death or serious bodily injury."

The key word is "unlawfully". If the officers fear for their life, and in this case the man's attempt to obtain a knife is sufficient reason for the officers using whatever force is necessary to prevent that from happening. Of course the other option for you snowflakes is to allow the man to access the knife and then shoot him dead.

John-Brown
John-Brown

"The actor may use force if the arresting police officer unlawfully uses or threatens deadly force". I am not talking about the use of deadly force. I'm talking about the use of force necessary to effect an arrest, which upon latter review may be deemed to be excessive.

BuffaloDanimal
BuffaloDanimal

All I experienced from this video was my own excessive laughter

John-Brown
John-Brown

You're right, dumb drunks are fun to watch, unless you are the one dealing with them. ;-)

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

1) Stop resisting arrest!!
2) Stop calling the cops to deal with your family vermin if you don't like how the cops have to arrest combative people. Deal with the vermin yourself then.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

He wasn't running for the knife at the time the one officer was repeatedly slamming his head on the ground. Under the Pennsylvania law quoted above, it would seem that a family member would have had the right to intervene and stop the head slamming. Thankfully for the officer the family chose to let the beating happen, but if the arrestee suffers brain damage then it is likely they will wish they had intervened. Hopefully, IAD knows Pennsylvania law on this point and cares about providing good guidance (and any needed discipline) consistent with officer safety. What the officers did here was not safe.

61mouse
61mouse

Where's the video of him chocking the kid ........Humm funny how these idiots didn't show that . AND I would guess whoever shot the video called the police in the first place .

kdwsmt3
kdwsmt3

Who took the video in the first place? If you have that much interest in your videos, why not take one of him choking the kid. If the guy was choking a child, no matter what age, and the taser didn't affect him, he got less than he deserved. Good job, brothers!

EnosEugenius
EnosEugenius

I mean I agree with you, mostly -- but before calling people "idiots" ... spell "CHOKING" correctly. Thanks.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Before calling someone out for a misspelling, you might want to check your own sentence structure. Your English teacher would have a field day with your post. Thanks.

magnumforc
magnumforc

He had a beer in his pocket? Nobody did a pat down of this POS? Come on...basic police procedure.

EnosEugenius
EnosEugenius

John, please look up the definition of "irony", apply it to what I said, and then tell me why my sentence structure (which is perfectly acceptable, if you know more than the basic English your teachers taught you) matters.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
I'd love to know exactly what you think is grammatically wrong with his statement.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

No, Aaron57, that is not how alcohol works, and, even if it did, it is irrelevant with respect to whether the family members had a legal right to physically stop the police officers from performing the head slamming.

RunCop
RunCop

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

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.

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.

Matt haines
Matt haines

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