In the nearly ninety second video clip taken by a bystander in the May 18th incident, three officers were seen trying to take care of an individual man. One of the two officers was later found kneeling on the man’s head and neck.
The man, who was arrested on a domestic violence / battery charge, was heard shouting “why am I being arrested?” as the officer knelt down.
“As I groaned, and asked, why was I confined, he started to put my knee in my neck,” Patrick Carroll said in an interview with CNN affiliate WFTS.
In a police incident report obtained by CNN, one of the officers involved said that after they put Carroll in handcuffs, the accused “attempted to pull officers and refused to enter the rear of the patrol vehicle. the Minor̵7;s force was used to escort him under the ground and secure him calmly enough to calm him down.
The Sarasota Police Department said in a statement released Tuesday that they did not learn about the video until Monday when the department was tagged in a social media post showing a portion of the arrest. After reviewing several videos, Chief Bernadette DiPino immediately began a formal internal investigation, the department said.
The officer, who has not yet been identified, was placed on administrative leave.
The SPD did not discuss whether the other two officers on the scene, and shown in the video, would face any disciplinary action.
The SPD also released an undisclosed video taken from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office helicopter on the day of the arrest. The 13-minute video provides a bird’s-eye view of officers responding to the scene and protecting the man.
“Chief DiPino is anxious to see an officer kneeling on the head and neck of an individual in the video. While it appears that the officer eventually moved his foot behind the individual, this tactic was not taught, used or endorsed by our agency, “a statement released by SPD read.
Carroll, who is black, did not seek medical attention or formally complained of his injuries in the May 18 incident, according to police.
Police also said in the incident report that Carroll had objected to the arrest.
However, in an interview with CNF affiliate WFTS, Carroll said he was not resistant. He said he was trying to move so he could have “circulation to his body and throat.”
CNN reached out to the International Union of Police Association for comment.