COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - A video caught the eyes of folks across Mississippi that showed what some felt was excessive force by local officers against a mentally ill man.
The video shows three Columbus Police officers taking down a man with mental illness.
The person who caught the incident on camera was Deforest Davis.
“It was like crazy. Like in that moment you want to do something, but you can’t do anything because of the consequences coming behind that.”
Police Chief Fred Shelton said the officers received a call complaining of the man exposing himself to drivers.
Davis said he could hear the man's body hit the ground from a few hundred feet away.
Steven L. James Sr. is the chairman of the Police Overview Committee in Columbus.
He got the chance to see the body camera footage off of the officers.
He feels the officers used excessive force and should have used less harsh techniques to take the man down.
Although Chief Shelton was unable to speak on camera on Wednesday, he did say the police department will release the body camera footage on Thursday.