COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - The Columbus Police Department released body camera footage of officers slamming a mentally ill man to the ground.
Police Chief Fred Shelton said the officers responded Sunday morning to a report of a man exposing himself to motorists.
The viral video shows three Columbus Police officers confronting the man, and one officer lifted the man and slammed him to the ground.
On Thursday Police Chief Fred Shelton said the viral video doesn’t paint the whole picture; it doesn’t give a fair view of what really happened.
During a special city council meeting, Shelton showed the viral video and the officers’ body camera footage. After reviewing the footage, the council decided not to punish the officers.
The police department released the body camera footage on Thursday.
“The only force we used was use enough force to bring the subject under control so we can arrest him," the police chief said.
Shelton said the police officers arrested the man for disorderly conduct, indecent exposure, and resisting arrest.
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