VIDEO: Viral Video Claims Brutality 'For No Reason' - Then Chief Releases Truth

The Chesterfield police chief responded to an incomplete video of the traffic stop of Elkanah Odembo on Friday.

Chesterfield County, VA – Video has gone viral claiming to show an officer dragging a man out of a car for no reason (video below.)

Now the Chesterfield Police Department chief has spoken up to tell people what really happened.

The suspect's girlfriend, Elizabeth Smith, tweeted the video on Tuesday afternoon along with a brief video.

“A cop follows us into my boyfriends driveway and claims it is because we have a brake light out," she tweeted. "The cop calls backup immediately. He proceeds to viciously pull him out of the car for absolutely no reason. I was forced to sit in the car until another cop came and detained me..."

Smith’s boyfriend, 19-year-old Elkanah Odembo, was arrested at the end of the altercation and charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and three counts of obstruction of justice with force, police said in a statement.

Odembo also received a traffic citation for defective equipment for the tail light that had caused the officer to stop his vehicle in the first place.

The Chesterfield police chief, Colonel Jeffrey Katz, responded to Smith’s allegations with a tweet of his own on Wednesday morning.

“Late last night, @conspiracypro tweeted about a traffic stop involving @CCPDVa. As most slept, that post went viral based upon the limited information provided. While an effective tweet, it falls short of telling the entire story. Facts matter. Sincerely appreciate your empathy,” Col. Katz posted.

The incident began when a Chesterfield police officer stopped Odembo’s vehicle early Tuesday afternoon in the 3400-block of Hollow Wood Court, WWBT reported.

Police said the stop was made because Odembo’s vehicle had a tail light out, and because the officer had received information that the occupants of the vehicle had been gesturing and yelling things at a school bus, WWBT reported.

Initially, the driver tried to get out of the car after he was stopped, but the officer told him to stay put.

The officer asked for Odembo’s ID, but the driver wasn’t able to locate it, the police statement said.

While the officer was getting the driver’s information to verify, Odembo became uncooperative.

At that point, police said the officer ordered Odembo to get out of the vehicle, and the teenager refused.

Smith’s video began at approximately that point in the incident.

In the video, the officer can be seen standing in the open doorway of the driver’s side of a vehicle telling the driver to step out of the car.

The driver ignored police commands, and argued that he was at his own house.

In the video, the passenger who was filming could be heard asking why the driver needed to get out of the vehicle.

The officer responded that the driver was not being cooperative.

“Which charge are you pressing me against?” Odembo asked.

In the video, the officer tried to remove the driver from the car, while Odembo and his girlfriend yelled at him.

At one point, Smith jumped out of the car as she continued filming, and the officer told her to get back in the car. She complied with his order, the video showed.

The video ended as Odembo exited the vehicle, pushed past the officer, and took off, according to WWBT.

The officer and Odembo engaged in a physical altercation as the driver continued to resist arrest, police said.

As backup arrive, Odembo broke away again and ran into his residence, with police in pursuit.

Police said that eventually, Odembo was tased and taken into custody.

The officer was injured in the altercation, and was transported to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Authorities have said they have bodycam video footage from the officer and they were reviewing it, but they have not yet revealed when it will be released to the general public.

You can see the viral video showing only part of the incident below:

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LEO0301
LEO0301

Don't tell me, another lie that will be exposed by a police video. I'm beginning to enjoy how this latest trend is proving what most people thought to begin with, Black Liars Matter.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

In his girlfriends own words she said he was dragged out of the car but according to her own video it looks like he jumped out of the car. It looks like he was the one that did not comply with the commands the officer gave him.
I don’t understand why people has to lie about what happened, and now since the body cams are catching them in lies they hollering that the cameras are a violation of their rights. They were the ones screaming for officers to have them and now since they are catching people in lies they are violating their rights. Well everybody screamed for them and they got them, I wouldn’t get caught without one. It is definitely bringing out the liars for sure!

LukeSolo
LukeSolo

The question I simply ask is have you met ALL African Americans to somehow justify your statement.. because I am sure you did not ask me and I am African American and I have always complied with their request. Instead of judging all black folks.. why not judge this case as it is.... a individual no matter the race failed to comply and he was subsequently arrested.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@LukeSolo I certainly don't believe all blacks behave like this person. But if you've been following the stories lately about false allegations against police officers you'll see that the are mostly black people. Just look at the one perpetrated by Shaun King the other day. A false rape accusation that created a social media shit storm with people making death threats against the officer. They were calling the house of another officer with the same name who wasn't even involved and it got so bad the officer couldn't even send his children to school. So when blacks lump all police officers into one pile, do you come to their defense and say "why not judge this case (officer) as it is"?

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

Is this type of resistance in the BLM playbook? Everyone seems to bee following it. Stay in the car if it is your house, get to your house so you will feel safe, be sure and say, when you run, you were afraid of Police because you know what they do to minorities? These "guidelines HAVE to be posted somewhere LOL

ragnarok1943
ragnarok1943

Will the NFL Kneelers protest this racial injustice against a white police officer? I have noticed lately a lot of what appears to be set up videos by members of the black community showing whites appearing to be racist.

webleedblue
webleedblue

Just another lying ass POS. Really glad that the cops are wearing body cams now so they can prove these oxygen thiefs ARE nothing more than lying POS's.

ScottAB
ScottAB

"The question I simply ask is have you met ALL African Americans to somehow justify your statement.. because I am sure you did not ask me and I am African American and I have always complied with their request. Instead of judging all black folks.. "

I guess if you don't want to be judges like you say then I suggest the African American community stop judging all Law enforcement officers into one group saying they are all bad apples as we all hear in the media.

ShelbyCole
ShelbyCole

So Heezels The beaten man was not lying?

Snooker
Snooker

No, he wasn't and that truth came out, just like the truth in this instance came out in spite of the girlfriend's attempt to paint a false picture of racist cops. What her boyfriend did was totally uncalled for & he didn't help himself at all. Had he complied, the officer probably would have either written him a ticket or warned him to get the problem fixed in the next couple of days. It was the boyfriend who turned it into an assault on a police officer.

Snooker
Snooker

No, he wasn't and that truth came out, just like the truth in this instance came out in spite of the girlfriend's attempt to paint a false picture of racist cops. What her boyfriend did was totally uncalled for & he didn't help himself at all. Had he complied, the officer probably would have either written him a ticket or warned him to get the problem fixed in the next couple of days. It was the boyfriend who turned it into an assault on a police officer.

MiguelDominguez
MiguelDominguez

Have you seen the video of this woman getting a conviction for false statment? I think that's the way to go for each and every racial bait hoax that gets exposed thanks to bodycams.

RunCop
RunCop

Another lowest common denominator !

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@RunCop Just once, i wish you'd use some imagination and change up your replies. Call me whatever you want, just please show me that you're more than the limited vocabulary slack-jawed trailer park yokel i believe you are.

Celtic Gyrl
Celtic Gyrl

How much worse did this incident escalate when the driver realized his girlfriend was taping it? Did he show out just so he’d get “street cred” for standing against a “racist” cop? Well he got more than he bargained for. He’s damn lucky he was only tased.

RunCop
RunCop

Lowest common denominator.....why are you and your fellow tribesmen always so indignant ? You ghetto rats are the scourge of the earth!