VIDEO: Outrage After Phone Video Of Arrest Goes Viral, City Releases Bodycam

The City of Tybee Island is supporting their police department after a controversial arrest video went viral.

Tybee Island, GA – The City of Tybee Island is backing up a controversial arrest made by its police department and released bodycam footage that showed what actually happened to cause the incident on Tybrisa Street.

The incident occurred on Aug. 3 when Olivia Simons, 19, tried to use a fake ID at The Rock House Bar, the Savannah Morning News reported.

The police report said that the bar’s bouncer, Shawn McBride, “recognized that the female presenting the identification was not 30 years old, and refused to let her enter.”

McBride called police when the girl and her friend argued with him, the Savannah Morning News reported.

The girls were demanding that the bouncer give them back the fake ID, and he refused.

The bodycam video released by the Tybee Island Police Department showed McBride handed the fake ID to a police officer, and Simons ripped the license out of the officer’s hand and took off running.

The officer chased after Simons, and bodycam video captured the moment that she tripped and fell to the pavement.

The officer caught up with the girl and tried to take her into custody, but she resisted arrest and fought him, punching and kicking until she knocked his bodycam to the pavement, the video showed.

She continued fighting until the officer warned her she was “about to get Tased,” the video showed.

That’s when a bystander – later identified as Richard Stutts - decided to intervene, according to the Savannah Morning News.

Stutts approached from the rear and grabbed the officer by his outer vest carrier, the video showed.

“You need to get the f--k off her,” he said and tried to pull the officer off Simons.

“Back away man,” the officer told him.

“No man, you get the f--k off her,” Stutts replied.

“Back away from her,” the officer ordered him again.

Stutts attempted to grab the officer again and the officer ordered him to get away from him.

The police report said that’s when Simons “reached to the left side of my face, with an open hand and attempted to claw” the officer’s face and eyes, the Savannah Morning News reported.

Once again the officer warned Simons he was going to deploy his Taser and she continued to resist arrest, the video showed.

“Taking into account the position we were in, the concrete surface we were on, the people observing, Stutts to my back, and Simons resistance, I felt that the lowest amount of force to gain compliance from Simons would be my Taser. I felt this to be the sensible choice, given our size difference,” the officer wrote in the police report.

But when he deployed his Taser, one of the prongs struck Simons and the other hit the officer in his knee, the Savannah Morning News reported.

The video showed a second officer arrived and helped handcuff Simons.

A crowd gathered around the officers and Simons, and people who had no idea what was going on yelled at the officers.

The second officer went to arrest Stutts but the man resisted and they grappled briefly on the ground before the officer pulled out his Taser and deployed it against the man’s back, the video showed.

Only then was the officer able to gain compliance and handcuff Stutts.

As the officers sat on their handcuffed prisoners on the sidewalk waiting for backup to arrive, a woman who had been standing nearby watching started screaming at them.

A man who was with her tried to back her away and quiet her, and turned to reassure officers that he would get her under control, the video showed.

The woman, who police later identified as Alecia Adams, did not appear to have any connection to either of the people who were being arrested.

But she continued screaming after backup officers arrived so one of them took her into custody, too.

In the background of the video, the man she was there with was yelling “I told you to shut the f--k up. You never listen to me.”

As officers were searching Simons on the sidewalk, Adams was shrieking in the background the entire time.

Officers Tased Adams after she refused to get in the police car and bit an officer, the Savannah Morning News reported.

She was charged with resisting arrest and public drunkenness.

Simons, who instigated the entire mess, was charged with public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, and both misdemeanor and felony counts of obstruction of a law enforcement officer in connection with the fake ID she used at the bar, the Savannah Morning News reported.

Her would-be rescuer, Stutts, was charged with assault on a law enforcement officers.

Bystander Lance Bazemore posted his cell phone video to Facebook early the next morning and set off a firestorm of criticism about the way the officers had handled the arrest, with absolutely no context.

The City of Tybee Island pushed back on its own official Facebook page soon after and released the bodycam video of the incident, along with the police report narrative, the Savannah Morning News reported.

“We are aware of a viral video circulating on social media regarding the arrest of a man and two women over this past weekend,” the city’s statement read. “We understand that the contents of that video are disturbing to some viewers. What’s important to remember, is that the video we’ve seen starts well after the initial incident has begun and lacks context.”

“The Chief of Police has reviewed body camera footage from the officers on scene that night and has determined that the actions taken were acceptable under the circumstances,” the statement continued. “That footage as well as a copy of the incident report is being provided to our local media outlets. This is an ongoing investigation and additional arrest(s) are likely to follow.”

Watch both the bodycam and cell phone videos below (multiple videos, scroll down for more).:

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Blue155
Blue155

Two people who didn’t even know the suspect and had no clue what she did try to come to her defense against cops arresting her. Be enroute to the bucket with 3. Play stupid games win stupid prizes.

LyndonPD
LyndonPD

When the guy got tackled and tased, the guy holding the camera said: "Oh hell yeah". Not sure if he said that because a white dude got taken down by police, or if it's because he's thinking about all the views he'll get.

Lawman777
Lawman777

Was glad to see the long haired creep who probably lives in mama's basement get arrested.

Stop Criminals
Stop Criminals

Job performed perfectly

shooter
shooter

The War on Cops continues.

shooter
shooter

Don't resist arrest.

Just do everything Mr. PoPo tells you.

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

At first I thought the twink was trying to score some points with the hottie, but upon further review I'm thinking he just wanted to touch the cop so he would have memories to chicken choke later. "Oh Officer, can you put your cuffs on me"?? lol

Tandy299
Tandy299

'F'n bully' in background. I agree. 'Walk away'? She doesn't have to.

Lynnetta
Lynnetta

Love the guy commenting to the Adams chick before going to jail!! About her never f@$#% listening to him!He was the only smart by stander..lol

maggiemoo1312
maggiemoo1312

Absolutely agree Navy! What an smart idea!! Police disrespect education has to start somewhere and there's no better place than our school system.

LEO0301
LEO0301

The difference of what goes on today is startling. Most of the bystanders had to record the event to either show their friends or to post on some social media website. The other thing I found startling was the voice of reason was a black man saying to his screaming fat ass white girlfriend, "you don't know what went on"! Also, alcohol and using good judgment don't go together.

Mrdan
Mrdan

Everyone is fight for the best position to film the cops doing their jobs but not one of them came to the officers help

K9alwys
K9alwys

It truly is a sad state of affairs when people feel they can take the 1st Amendment and violate, bend, misuse and just simply step on to make it work for their own selfish and ignorant use. When did it become ok to interfere and put hands on, a Law Enforcement Official in the course of dispatching his duties he swore and pledge to do for his Dept., & the Community?!?! As a retired LEO myself, I have seen my share of ignorance, but what I've been seeing in the last couple of years, is nothing short of an epidemic of sheer anarchy towards the men & woman who are sworn to uphold laws which our communities have put in place to keep us safe. I hope these individuals get everything they have coming to them and are made an example of.

gfc1963
gfc1963

The stupid prick who assaulted the cop should have got a beating. There would be plenty of countries whre that muppet would have got shot. And everyone has an opinion don't they?? Yet they don;t have a clue what went on!!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Hopefully the DA refuses to drop the charges when they threaten a lawsuit and prosecutes them to the fullest extent of the law

Pat1978
Pat1978

Do people think it should look nice when someone is arrested and combative? Of course it's ugly. The hopeful idealist and wishful thinker will be shocked and indignant when they are confronted with the reality lurking just beneath the surface of civility but that's only because they have had their head firmly up their a$$ for most of their life.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Entitled millenials who think the laws don't apply to them. Brought up with no rules, being constantly told they can do anything they want and never being told no. This is what you get. Blame poor parenting!

Darkwing219
Darkwing219

Funny 2 white people involved well three counting the big girl in the back and we get no response form Hamburger Helper on this one....... He claims to be for justice and dosen't care about color.. We would have heard from him in about 2.8 seconds of this being posted if they were all black persons. Only logical person there was the black guy.

MarineDoc
MarineDoc

Time to raise the drinking age to 50.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

Prime example of someone failing the attitude test! There was ONE person who had total control over how this situation played out and that was OLIVIA SIMONS! Once again we see an overly entitled prima donna get herself in trouble because she doesn't feel the law applies to her. If she had acted as a decent human beings NONE of this would have happened. The officer would have taken the ID, she might or might not have gotten a ticket depending on her and life would have moved on.

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alicefae
alicefae

I’m glad the good guys won. Silly twit.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Yes!! Finally a feel good story!! A bunch of drunk entitled idiots arrested and charged!!! Stop interfering with the police while they are doing their job!!

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

Bystanders can shoot video and put it on media right away,but the police do it and it's wrong ? GO STRAIGHT TO HELL AND NO FREE PASS ! They are all dan lucky they didn't get shot....let the police do their jobs..if they need your help in any way I'm sure they'd ask.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

1-she’s an “entitled” little bitch 2-that dumb ass wanna be hero, who doesn’t know what the hell is going on, needs to get his ass whooped for putting his hands on an officer. Who the fuck does that? You never interfere let alone touch an officer. 3-all you idiots who can’t handle seeing the true video, go F yourselves. You all like to react and have a big “outcry of injustice” and so called “outrage” when you don’t even know the full details. It’s proves one thing, when it comes to police, all you want to do is blame the police.

Note to the white hippie wanna be hero: if it were anyone else, you know damn well your bitch ass wouldn’t have stepped in. Your bitch ass only did it because it was AN OFFICER. All you try hards like to act all tough and all “I’m the shit” And it’s because of the badge that we wear. You know we have rules to follow as opposed to any other person on the street and that’s why you’ll act that way. Because if you tried to do that to any other stranger you know damn well, you’d might end up dead yourself or your ass beat badly. So don’t act like you’re such a hero because we Know you aren’t. Dumb idiot.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Pink Lady -STFU. Can you imagine living with that? I couldn't stand listening to her even on this short video.