A routine arrest in Nash County Sunday night time took a violent flip, and the video is attracting viral consideration on the web. Hollywood actors like Alyssa Milano and Mark Ruffalo even weighed in.
For Tyneishawa Howington, it was a firsthand expertise. She was checking right into a resort throughout the road when she observed the commotion.
At first she noticed a chase.
“I ended my automotive and I seen him, as a result of the police began flying up quick on him,” she stated.
Each automobiles got here to a cease at a gasoline station, the place Howington noticed Christopher Lynch handcuffed, face down on the bottom, with a state trooper on his again.
“He was telling them it harm him,” Howington stated.
Then one other man obtained concerned.
“Some man simply comes out of nowhere and will get down there with him, places his knee in his again,” Howington stated.
Household and associates stated Lynch, who had been stopped on suspicion of driving beneath the affect, was scared to get within the trooper’s patrol automotive.
“He was like, I do not belief you. I do not need to get within the automotive with you,” Howington stated.
The video reveals when Lynch refused to show his legs to get within the patrol automotive, the trooper beat him with a flashlight.
“He was beating him on the knees with it,” Howington stated. “However earlier than he did that, the factor that the digicam did not catch was he punched him in his face. His arms was behind his again.”
Lynch was charged with drunk driving, resisting arrest and driving with no license amongst different costs.
Relations who talked to WRAL Information agreed Lynch ought to have adopted the officer’s instructions, however they do not see the necessity to beat him after he was cuffed and did not pose a risk.
Sgt. Christopher Knox, spokesman for the state Freeway Patrol, stated the company is conscious of the movies of the arrest and searching into the actions of the trooper. “Pursuant to our regular protocol, any use of drive incident goes by way of a methodical overview course of,” he stated.