VIRAL VIDEO: Outrage Over Cops Hitting Suspected Drug Dealer

The Muncie police chief explained to reporters that the suspected drug dealer needed hitting.

Muncie, IN - Video captured the arrest of a suspected drug dealer on Sunday, and has been viral with people claiming it shows brutality (video below.)

Muncie Police Chief Joe Winkle quickly addressed the press and explained the the force used was necessary to effect the arrest.

The incident started when police were called to the Taco Bell at 2201 S. Madison St., just before 4 p.m., for a report of an intoxicated man in the parking lot, according to The Star Press.

Officers arrived and made contact with Joshua Douglas, 36, who refused to obey officers' commands and fled on foot. During the pursuit, he allegedly tossed a bag containing 65 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

The officers caught him and took him to the ground. While on the ground, he moved his hands under his body and refused to comply with officers' commands.

Not knowing if Douglas was going for a weapon, one of the officers began striking Douglas to get his hands behind his back.

Chief Winkle told the press that the use of force is under review, but the situation would have been avoided if Douglas has just complied.

“He wouldn’t show his hands,” Chief Winkle said, according to The Star Press. “When you run from the police... we don’t know what is in your hands.”

The chief explained that the strikes are one of the few force options available when a suspect is hiding his hands.

The Star Press reports that DOC records show that Douglas has a prior criminal history involving at least 6 drug-related felonies in Marion County.

He also has a conviction for robbery in 2008.

Douglas has been booked into the Delaware County jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine, resisting law enforcement, and possession of a controlled substance. He is being held on $17,500 bond.

You can see the video of the incident below.

Comments (18)
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111NOS
111NOS

All drug dealers need their butts kicked.

FpsK9Handler
FpsK9Handler

Just give up your hands and you wont get hit! What do people dont get!

Billy  Hall
Billy Hall

Stop punching give him a chance to give up his arm

Ken Morgan
Ken Morgan

The sheriffs department needs to invest in a fur missle.....a full blown bork bork nhom nhom type.....one or two bork borks coupled with a nhom nhom or two and that dirtbag would be begging for cuffs.....course you need to figure an effective way of getting the taste of shit out of the bork bork's mouth.

ffangel4u
ffangel4u

You must be a part of the "wah committee". Officer's are trained to put anyone's lives at risk- themselves or public. Give him a chance to grab a gun, knife or chemical? Not happening!