The public is outraged once again over the latest video of cops forcefully arresting a black man. In the clip that has since gone viral, shows officers trying to subdue 44-year-old Akbar Rogers.
A video surfaced of Freeport village police officers beating and using a stun gun on a fugitive who allegedly resisted arrest this week.
When police tried to arrest Akbar Rogers at his home on Tuesday, he ran away through several backyards before officers captured him, officials said. The video shows multiple officers punching Rogers and using a stun gun on him during a struggle. Police said he refused to surrender and kept reaching for his waistband.
“I have viewed the video and have many questions,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said. “I call for an independent investigation of this arrest by the Freeport Village Police. At this time, I am asking all to remain calm and patient as the investigation unfolds.“
Police have been looking for Rogers because of outstanding warrants due to a few incidents including Rogers allegedly harassing and assaulting someone in October, then allegedly driving in excess of 100 mph and running stop signs and red lights in November, according to Freeport Village Attorney Howard Colton.
The arrest video shows about seven police officers attempting to subdue Rogers, telling him to put his hands behind his back while two officers punch and kick him. You can hear Rogers yelling “help me, help me” during the arrest.