WASHINGTON, D.C. - Metropolitan Police have released cell phone video of officers arresting a man they claim to be high on PCP. 'Angel Dust' is a white powdery substance that's usually sprinkled on something else and smoked. It can cause paranoia, hallucinations, suicidal impulses and feelings of strength, power and invulnerability.
Police were called to the scene because the man was allegedly vandalizing a car. They say he ignored commands, and was seemingly unaffected when they started to beat him with nightsticks.
It took a total of four officers to get this guy on the ground. Punches were thrown, and it looks like one officer kneed the suspect in the head a couple of times. An internal investigation is underway.
"The guy is high on something," said Ashanti Harrison, who lives nearby, "They have him down then why are you going to start punching him in the face?"
However, the chief of police says the department has nothing to hide.
"Any video of police using force is disturbing," said Chief Cathy Lanier, "But it is also a small snapshot of what we sometimes have to deal with in dealing with people that are high on certain drugs."
So, if you're high on drugs and going nuts in the streets, don't expect police to greet you with a hug and a handshake. The man in the video was charged with assaulting a police officer and destruction of property.