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(Cnn in Spanish) – A African American man was stopped by police on Tuesday while jogging in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
According to witnesses, the event occurred when the Agents were looking for a suspect linked to a nearby domestic violence call.
He video of the accident, posted on social media, shows the cops pushing the man hard, identified in a police report as Mathias Ometu, 33 years old, towards a patrol while he yells.
Ometu was seen leaving an apartment complex when officers arrived at the scene in response to the call about a domestic violence assault., according to the authorities’ report on the incident.
The police officers detained Ometu and told him they had “Reasonable suspicions to believe” that he “matched the description of an alleged incident of family violence due to strangulation, ”according to the report, which detailed that the man He refused to give his name and date of birth after several requests and his “behavior became aggressive.”
Ometu refused to get on the patrol and then was “located in the patrol vehicle” after a “long struggle”, indicated the report, “Using only open hand techniques.” During the incident, Ometu allegedly kicked two officers, striking one in the face, according to police.
The The victim of the incident of family violence met with the police and assured that Ometu was not the suspectBut Ometu still did not provide his information, the report says. Therefore, was arrested and charged with two counts of assault on a law enforcement officersaid a statement from the San Antonio Police Department.
Witnesses record the incident
Jenny Rodríguez and Víctor Maas, who witnessed the arrest and recorded the interaction between Ometu and the police, told CNN by phone this Friday that Ometu did not appear aggressive or belligerent towards the agents.
Their Videos show Ometu calmly, as he remains handcuffed standing next to a police vehicle for what appears to be about six minutes before two officers begin to push him toward the patrol car. A witness noted in a video that at least one of the policemen was also black.
The video also shows the officers fighting Ometu to push him towards the back of a police vehicle and He can be heard yelling “You’re suffocating me!” several times, while the struggle continues for more than a minute.
When the agents close the doors of the vehicle with Ometu inside, at least three other police vehicles arrive, show the video.
Rodriguez said he was walking his dog when he saw the man jogging around 2 p.m. Tuesday. Suddenly, the police arrived and started to head towards the man, then started talking to him, he recounted. About 10 to 15 minutes after the conversation started, Rodríguez said, they began handcuffing him.
She said she knocked on the window of her boyfriend and coworker’s office to pick up the phone and start recording. Her boyfriend, Victor Maas, did too. In his videos, the police officers are seen trying to get the man into the vehicle. He seems to be resisting the agents.
Maas indicated that Police used stun guns against the man, although that is not seen during the video. The entire incident lasted about an hour, according to Maas and Rodríguez, but only about 20 minutes of the interaction were included in the videos.
Police continue to investigate
It interferes posted bail on the charges and the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office is waiting for the police to complete their investigationsaid prosecutor Joe Gonzales, in a statement emailed to CNN on Friday.
Once the inquiry is completed, the district attorney’s office “will review all evidence and decide how to proceed with any potential criminal case”Gonzales said.
Tess House, a lawyer who has been in contact with Ometu’s family but has not yet formally represented, was unable to comment on their behalf when CNN contacted her by phone on Friday. However, she told. CNN than Ometu was released, but his phone remains in the possession of the police. CNN He has not been able to reach Ometu or family members for comment.
The Mayor and Police Department Respond
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said in a tweet Thursday that he is “Seeking a full account of this incident, which is currently under investigation.” Nirenberg has not responded to a request for CNN for more comments.
“We have to take this situation seriously because every resident deserves fair and equitable treatment from their city,” Nirenberg said in the tweet.
The San Antonio Police Department, in a statement emailed to CNN, said I know He called officers to investigate an “incident of family violence.”
“The suspect fled before the police arrived, but the victim provided the police with the suspect’s information and the agents also obtained information that the suspect was also wanted for a robbery warrant for a serious crime, ”the statement read.
“The person contacted was very close to the place of the call and matched the physical and clothing description provided by the victim. That was the only reason he was detained and interrogated, since the agents legitimately believed that he was the wanted suspect “added
The statement also indicated that the department is aware of “Various videos of the incident that have been posted online”, and that the facts “will be administratively reviewed to ensure that all policies were followed.”