(EUCLID) - The man accused of resisting arrest in a viral video posted to Facebook is pleading not guilty. Richard Hubbard III, 25, faced charges of resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license when he appeared in court for his initial arraignment this morning. In the video above, officer Michael Amiott can be seen punching Hubbard several times after telling Hubbard to face away from him. It happened after Hubbard was pulled over on E. 228th Street earlier this month.
Hubbard was wearing a neck brace during the court hearing, and said he feared for his life and did not resist the officer. "It all happened so fast," Hubbard said, "but I know I did not touch the officer, I did not have my hands balled." "I never touched the officer, not once," Hubbard said.
Officer Amiott was suspended for 15 days without pay, removed from the SWAT team and will be undergoing further training. Euclid's mayor will decide if there needs to be any further action against the officer.