Community Members Express Frustration Amid New Years Arrest Controversy
The City of Binghamton SAYS IT IS INVESTIGATING WHETHER BINGHAMTON POLICE OFFICERS USED EXCESSIVE FORCE AFTER VIDEOS OF A New Year's Day ARREST CIRCULATED ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
The man that was arrested, 24-year-old Hamail Waddell, filed a formal complaint with the Binghamton Police Department on January 1st.
In an 11 SECOND VIDEO CLIP, YOU CAN SEE AN OFFICER RESTRAINING Waddell WITH HIS KNEE TO HIS UPPER BACK AND NECK AREA.
YOU CAN HEAR THE MAN SCREAMING AT ONLOOKERS TO GET THEIR PHONES OUT, and RIGHT BEFORE THE VIDEO ENDS HE SAYS I CAN'T BREATHE.
THE VIDEO SPARKED OUTRAGE IN THE COMMUNITY.
"THEIR TREATMENT OVER THE WEEKEND OF THIS YOUNG MAN OF COLOR WHO COULD BE ANY ONE OF OUR CHILDREN.
THIS IS GOING TO KEEP HAPPENING UNLESS WE CONTINUE TO RAISE THE ALARM", said community advocate Rebecca Rathmell.
BINGHAMTON MAYOR JARED KRAHAM RELEASED A STATEMENT STATING THAT the BINGHAMTON POLICE WERE AWARE THAT THE PHOTOS AND VIDEO OF AN ARREST CIRCULATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
“Binghamton Police are aware of a social media post with photos and video of an arrest that took place at roughly 3:19 a.m. on Jan. 1 on State Street downtown.
A 24-year-old male was charged with resisting arrest, following a fight that involved multiple people. Other individuals were also arrested as part of the altercation.
On Monday, the 24-year-old male filed a complaint with Binghamton Police.
Like all complaints, it will be swiftly and thoroughly investigated to determine facts, including a review of body camera footage”, said Mayor Kraham.
An investigation into the incident is still ongoing.