April 26, 2014

Unsettling video has been released from an arrest of a man for public intoxication. The video shows a Chillicothe Police officer man-handling a drunken person and then slamming him to the ground so hard that he had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital.

Matt Mitchell was arrested early Saturday morning after an officer says he found Mitchell apparently drunk and urinating on a Downtown building.

City officials are saying that this use of force was justified.

“The average person, they’re going to be somewhat disturbed by how hard he’s- that Mr. Mitchell is put on the ground,” said Sherri Rutherford. “But I think that in that circumstance, when you have someone that’s fighting with you in a small area, we have to be concerned about officer safety.”

Below is the video of the incident. What do you think? Was that level of force justified?

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.