[Backstory. Apparently there was a barfight at the Rialto Poolroom Bar & Cafe that spilled out onto the street.]
As I walked home, I saw at least three sets of police car lights in the distance. I was curious at the size of the response, so I went to take a closer look. When I arrived at SW 4th and Alder, there were several police cars and numerous police officers on the East side of 4th. Two young men were standing in handcuffs.
One of the young men--and the most important in my recounting of events--was then made to bend over the back of a police car. The officers kept insisting that he put his head down onto the car. He was resisting slightly. Keep in mind that he was in handcuffs and surrounded by several police officers.
At this point a female officer said, "I think I'm going to need a Taser." Another officer, also female, responded by coming over and then placing a Taser against the man's right calf. Not long afterward, the click-click-click sound of the Taser could be heard as I watched the officer use it against the man. He became limp for a short time after that.
The officers surrounding the man proceeded to search a black backpack and his person. They "had to" apply the Taser at least once more. Then, at about 1:45am, the key event happened.
The officers had apparently "needed" to search the man's person more thoroughly. They pulled him from the back of the police car until he was in a standing position a few feet away from the car. The young man was then simply standing there. Shockingly, one or more (it happened fast, so it was hard to tell) of the officers slammed the man to the ground. The side of his head hit the concrete hard. Keep in mind that this was unprovoked!
The officers then proceeded to roughly take off the man's shoes and socks and continued searching his person. Later I heard him (I was very close, standing on the curb of the West side of 4th) say, "I just want to sit down." The officers never let him sit down, and, in fact, later kept him in an uncomfortable position on the back of the same police car.
Amazingly, a fire truck and an ambulance came by shortly afterward to deal with the injuries that the police officers had caused the man. I was unable to see him much at this point, but I heard from one of the two men mentioned below that the man suffered considerable bleeding around his head and face. He was wheeled into an ambulance on a stretcher. This man was in very good shape before all of this, and he left the scene in very bad shape.
[Notes. that I also witnessed several other, less-major incidents, but I wanted to focus on the one, main incident in this recounting. Two more young men were arrested when they attempted to breach the perimeter of the scene. One was pepper-sprayed and roughly handcuffed. The other had a Taser used against him. Two other men, who also witnessed the main incident alongside me, were threatened with arrest when they tried to enter the scene, verbally complaining about the officers' unnecessary use of force. One of the men was issued a citation for "walking in the street". I watched his interaction with officers; he was never walking in the street.]
[Further notes. As far as I could tell, all of the individuals involved in these events were white, excepting the two men that were threatened with arrest. My only regrets are that: 1) I did not have my camera with me during these events, and 2) I failed to get the names and detailed descriptions of the officers involved in the use of force against the man. However, this latter point is somewhat excusable, because if I had come closer or tried to talk to the officers, I would have been threatened with arrest, as the two other men were.]