Incident report filed in police knockout of Native American man
"Officers responded to the above location to send two unwanted parties from the store," the report reads. "They were sleeping in the front lobby and in the bathroom. Upon escorting them from the premises both disregarded police commands to leave. Both were arrested for obstructing officers."
That apparently led to the use of force against Harlan Clinton Greyeagle, a 33-year-old Native American. A witness to the incident described what happened next to City Pages:
"When the man got within roughly a foot of the officer, the officer punched the man in the jaw with his right fist, knocking him against the windows of the storefront, taking him to the ground and immediately cuffing him," the witness says. "He appeared to be knocked out and blood was pooling out from his mouth."
But he is certain that the police threw the first punch: "the officer most definitely swung as an offensive move rather than to defend himself."
Greyeagle was taken from the scene via ambulance and charged with two misdemeanors: Loitering and Obstruction of the Legal Process.
The ambulance that took Greyeagle from the scene
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