Arrest video prompts investigation of excessive force by police

VIDEO: Incident recorded near Matthews apartment complex
Malcolm Elliott Jr (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)
Malcolm Elliott Jr (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police in Charlotte are investigating allegations of excessive use of force after WBTV was sent video of a group of officers making an arrest in Matthews Tuesday.

The video shows a man on the ground surrounded by seven Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers and a North Carolina Highway Patrolman. One officer appears to be hitting the man on the back repeatedly. The video only lasts ten seconds.

According to police, the trooper was flagged down around 11:46 a.m. about a hit-and-run collision that occurred at the intersection of Village Lake Drive and Independence Boulevard. CMPD officers responded to the scene to assist in locating the car and driver.

Officers reportedly found the the car and driver a short time later near the Sardis Place Apartments.

According to police, officers attempted to approach the man and a brief foot pursuit ensued. Officers caught the man and tried to arrest him and, police say, he resisted arrest.

"Officers attempted to restrain him and continued to pull his arms away from officers as they attempted to place him in handcuffs," police officials told WBTV. "One officer delivered strikes to the suspect's back in an effort to gain compliance and take him into custody."

Police say the man, later identified as 26-year-old Malcolm Glenn Elliott Jr, did sustain a "minor abrasion on his arm" but say its not clear if it happened during the reported hit and run collision or from the encounter with officers.

Elliott did not request or require any medical treatment, according to police.

The person who shot the video asked WBTV to remain anonymous.

She says police on scene told the man to put his hands up and get on the ground. She says he complied and was surrounded by the group of officers and one was beating on the man's back.

The witness says the man did not appear to be resisting police.

Elliott was charged with hit and run, resisting arrest and driving with a revoked license.

The allegations of excessive use of force are currently being investigated by the CMPD's Internal Affairs Unit.  WBTV requested video from the officers' body cameras, but was told the video was part of the internal investigation and not public record.

Anyone with additional information concerning the incident is asked to call the CMPD Internal Affairs Unit at 704.336.2336.

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