(Fayetteville, North Carolina)- Eyewitnesses are coming forward after a man died in Fayetteville police custody early Thursday morning.
At about 12:23 A.M. Thursday, officers responded to reports of a person identified as a male going door to door “acting strangely and causing a disturbance,” according to a press release.
Upon officer’s arrival, the male was gone but a Cumberland County Sheriff’s Deputy later located the man on Ramsey Street, near Webb Street.
Police said the man became aggressive when they confronted him and began beating on the hood of a deputy’s patrol car.
When officer’s brought the male to the ground and handcuffed him, he was still being beaten by the officers, according to an eyewitness.
“I was standing on my porch smoking a cigarette when everything happened. He was beating on the police patrol car and they immediately took him to the ground, handcuffed him and started beating him continuously. They got him up off the ground, he was dragging his feet and his head was down while they were putting him in the back of the patrol car. They took him out of the patrol car, put him back on the ground and started doing CPR,” according to the eyewitness.
Detectives with the Fayetteville’s homicide unit and members of the State Bureau of Investigations are investigating. (Why would the homicide unit be investigating this, if the officers were justified in this beating? Seems strange…
According to the press release, the officers involved have been placed on administrative duty.
The names of the victim has not been released.