The individual in the video below being apprehended by HPD Officers, is a convicted felon with a history of gun possession. He was observed by two officers near Mather and Garden Streets in Hartford. The officers stopped to check him out and thought he may have a weapon under his jacket.
One of the officers conducted a quick pat down and felt what he thought was a gun. As he reached for his handcuffs to detain the man, the suspect swung around and elbowed the other officer in the face breaking his nose and injuring his eye.
A foot chase ensued and the suspect was apprehended about a block away. He refused to comply, but was eventually taken to the ground and arrested.
Now watching the video, it looks much different and the person shooting the video readily adds his own vulgar narrative, but they never show a closeup of the injured Officer's face, streaming blood. This video is meant more to inflame than it is to provide factual evidence. My understanding is that none of the video has been turned over to HPD as of this point.
I have seen pictures of the injured officer and they provide a very different side to this story. As of this point HPD has not been helpful to provide the other side of this story, and I am not sure why. I think rather than running on emotion both sides should be put out to avoid further complications.
I am trying to be able t to obtain the photos of the injured officer to post here to present both sides.
As I was writing this , a source outside of HPD sent me the pictures of the injured officer I have confirmed their authenticity with HPD and to make sure the release would not interfere with any investigation.
The video below is unedited as well as offensive in the language used, please mute the audio if you are offended by strong language