An Eastern Kentucky University football player is facing multiple charges after bodyslamming a police officer during his arrest for allegedly refusing to leave a business in Ohio earlier this week.
The incident was recorded on dashcam footage released by the Grove City Police Department, and has since gone viral.
What are the details?
Redshirt sophomore Michael Harris was confronted by police Monday when officers responded to a disturbance at a Grove City business “involving an aggressive man” who refused to leave, the New York Post reported.
Harris can be seen on video arguing with officers, before lifting one officer above his head and slamming the policeman to the pavement. It took three officers to subdue Harris, who was eventually arrested and charged with one felony count of assault, and misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct while intoxicated, obstructing official business, and resisting arrest.
According to KFSN-TV, Harris would not calm down and repeatedly told officers to take him to jail. Police said they believed at the time that Harris was intoxicated and appeared to not know where he was or to know anyone in the area, WBNS-TV reported.
The officer bodyslammed by the 6′ 3″, 240-pound football player was not injured in the incident.
Harris has since been suspended from the football program at Eastern Kentucky University.
The school released a statement saying, “Understanding the details of the incident are still under investigation, and, abiding by FERPA laws and regulations, we must respect the privacy of our students. When the facts are established, and the investigation complete, Eastern Kentucky University and EKU Athletics will decide how to move forward responsibly.”
Harris transferred to EKU from Auburn University in Alabama. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday, the Daily Mail reported.