(EUCLID) - The Euclid Chief of Police is releasing a statement for the first time, four days after one of his officers was caught on camera arresting a traffic violator in a violent manner. The incident is under investigation, and the officer who is seen punching the suspect, Michael Amiott, is on paid leave during the investigation.
Richard Hubbard III was arrested for resisting arrest and driving without a license. Chief Scott Meyer's full statement is below:
To all Members of the Public,
My name is Scott Meyer and I am the Chief of Police Of the Euclid Police Department. I first want to sincerely apologize for not publicly responding in a more timely fashion. I can understand and appreciate the great concern and alarm of those who have seen or heard of the videos involving the arrest of Richard Hubbard III by members of the Euclid Police Department on August 12th, 2017. I want to personally assure everyone that this incident is being thoroughly investigated and reviewed to determine if the actions of the Police Officers involved were consistent with both the Mission and Policy & Procedures of the Euclid Police Department. As the Chief of Police, it is my duty to see that this investigation is done thoroughly and fairly. I ask everyone to please be patient while this process is being conducted. The Euclid Police Department is deeply committed to positive community engagement. We will continue to work with our community partners in building and fostering positive relation-ships. Our Officers are committed to proactively, conscientiously, and fairly addressing our very real crime control issues, particularly violent crime and gun crime. We will continue to do this in a professional and ethical manner, never losing sight of the human elements of com-passion, sensitivity, and caring for all those who live, work, and visit our city. Please do not lose sight of the incredible work routinely being done by the members of this department and by the law enforcement community throughout the country. There is too much perceived division between the police and the public when in all reality, there is so much more that unites us. We are all connected by our humanity.