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VIRAL VIDEO: Outrage Over Cops Hitting Suspected Drug Dealer

The Muncie police chief explained to reporters that the suspected drug dealer needed hitting.

Muncie, IN - Video captured the arrest of a suspected drug dealer on Sunday, and has been viral with people claiming it shows brutality (video below.)

Muncie Police Chief Joe Winkle quickly addressed the press and explained the the force used was necessary to effect the arrest.

The incident started when police were called to the Taco Bell at 2201 S. Madison St., just before 4 p.m., for a report of an intoxicated man in the parking lot, according to The Star Press.

Officers arrived and made contact with Joshua Douglas, 36, who refused to obey officers' commands and fled on foot. During the pursuit, he allegedly tossed a bag containing 65 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

The officers caught him and took him to the ground. While on the ground, he moved his hands under his body and refused to comply with officers' commands.

Not knowing if Douglas was going for a weapon, one of the officers began striking Douglas to get his hands behind his back.

Chief Winkle told the press that the use of force is under review, but the situation would have been avoided if Douglas has just complied.

“He wouldn’t show his hands,” Chief Winkle said, according to The Star Press. “When you run from the police... we don’t know what is in your hands.”

The chief explained that the strikes are one of the few force options available when a suspect is hiding his hands.

The Star Press reports that DOC records show that Douglas has a prior criminal history involving at least 6 drug-related felonies in Marion County.

He also has a conviction for robbery in 2008.

Douglas has been booked into the Delaware County jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine, resisting law enforcement, and possession of a controlled substance. He is being held on $17,500 bond.

You can see the video of the incident below.

Oh he wrong for that?!!! Now if he had popped up with a gun and started shooting in YOUR direction are they still wrong for that?!!! SMH

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That chance passed when he refused to give up him arm. If he gave up his arm, the police would stop.

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He's already had 6 felony arrests and a robbery charge???? What happened to the 3 strikes rule?? Smdh

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I love how people with camera phones magically transform into LAWYERS, but still don't know how to shoot videos properly!

I love it when the K-9 gets em!
I was watching an episode of live PD when it first started and these 4 idiots stole a car and took off out in the middle of nowhere, for one thing “Where did they think they were going?”
So they crash the car and take off across this field and by the time the LEO got there they were a good 1/4 mle away running across this field, the officer casually gets the K9 out and yells “Stop or I’m sending the dog!” And I’m thinking “please don’t stop, please don’t stop!” So I was rewarded after one more warning he turns the dog loose and he moved so fast between his speed and the tall grass you couldn’t hardly track him so it seemed like 10 seconds later the guy on the far left screams and disappears in the grass and the other 3 morons immediately stop and throw up their hands and surrender! It was a thing of beauty!

With an escalation of police officers being shot, I don't blame them for being worried when they can't see a suspect's hands so I ain't complaining....if a criminal doesn't want to face physical restraint from police then comply with orders because that is usually why a criminal is getting the rough treatment!!!!

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