LAWTON, Okla. (TNN) - Update: Lawton Police are investigating a late night arrest caught on cell phone video by witnesses. That video has been shared heavily on social media in the last 24 hours.
“He was on his knees and they told him if he didn’t get all the way on the ground, one officer was like I’m going to knock you the F out. He was on his knees. He listened to everything he was saying, all the commands ,and he got on his knees and when they jumped on top of him and the officer started choking him, that’s when he started like trying to resist like trying to get him to like stop choking him and stuff and the other one came and started punching him," said witness Luis Landeros Jr.
Luis Landeros’s brother, Marcos Torres, shot video of the arrest on his phone.
“I was already heading home and then I seen the altercation with the other dude and his front neighbor, and I watched the cops pull up. Around that time I was just going to head home and then I said I’m just going to chill here and see what happens and that’s when I started recording,” said witness Marcos Torres.
Sergeant Timothy Jenkins with the Lawton Police Department said officers were called to the 2200 block of NW 19th Street Friday night about a disturbance.
According to him, officers made contact with a man who was causing a scene and arrested him.
“We are aware there’s a video out there, and we are aware of the incident that did occur. Our job on our end is to do diligence and look into the matter and make sure our officers did nothing that was out of policy, or out of the way to get the male into custody, so we are going to look into the incident, we are going to investigate it and we will keep you updated with further," said Sergeant Jenkins.
Landeros claims a police officer took his cell phone which had video of the arrest on it from him.
“The officer came, he seen us recording and he came and like told me give me your phone. I told him no and tried to put it in my pocket and when I tried to put it in my pocket, he snatched it away from me," said Landeros.
“We have to take that look into it, make sure that there’s nothing on there that we can use as far as the investigation is concerned, whether it be into the incident or the officers investigation," said Sergeant Jenkins.
Jenkins said the officers involved in Friday nights arrest are still working on duty, pending the investigation.
“Do bear with us as we’re doing this investigation. We understand that this is something that’s urgent that the community wants answers to, and wants to know about. We will definitely get you details and release you more information when we get them," said Sergeant Jenkins.
According to Sergeant Jenkins the man is in the custody of the Lawton Police Department and he remains behind bars tonight in the city jail.
A video showing a man being arrested and hit by a police officer near the 2200 block of NW 19th Street Friday night will be investigated.
According to Sergeant Timothy Jenkins with the Lawton Police Department, officers were called to the scene just after 9 p.m. on a disturbance call. They made contact with a man who was causing a scene and arrested him.
Witnesses captured the incident on cellphone video that has been shared heavily on social media.
The man was taken to get medical treatment before being taken to jail.
“Right now we are looking into the incident and we will investigate further. When we have more information we will definitely keep the public updated and let them know, but we are aware there’s a video out there, and we are aware of the incident that did occur. Our job on our end is to do diligence and look into the matter and make sure our officers did nothing that was out of policy, or out of the way to get the male into custody," said Sergeant Jenkins.
Jenkins said the officers involved are still working on the Lawton Police Department, pending the investigation.