LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Caught on camera - a Louisville Metro Police officer strikes a suspect in the head with his flashlight. The department is now investigating what happened and whether the officer acted properly.
WAVE 3 Troubleshooter Eric Flack was the first to uncover the video, which captured a violent late night arrest at the downtown entertainment district, Fourth Street Live! It appears to show an officer striking a suspect, who has been identified as Zackery Hoagland, in the head with his flashlight as the suspect appears to resist the officer and his partner. The officers then instruct the man to turn over. Although the video is dark, it appears the suspect eventually follows those instructions. Witnesses were shocked.
"Oh my God, he's bleeding? He's bleeding," a woman can be heard saying in the video.
Louisville Metro Police said the incident happened in the early morning of Sunday, September 11. The video was posted to You Tube that same day. It appears the incident happened outside the Brown and Williamson Tower on Liberty Street.
LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell said the department is aware of the video, which does not begin early enough for viewers to see what set off the confrontation. Mitchell said the department's Professional Standards Board has launched an internal investigation into just what happened. That investigation could take up to six months.
LMPD Chief Robert White will have the final decision on discipline, which could range from a written reprimand to termination if investigators found the officers acted improperly.
The names of the officers have not been released, nor have the charges against Hoagland that stemmed from the incident.