According to the London Free Press article posted above:
"The video, shot by an unknown student, shows the suspect being kneed at least five times, struck with a telescopic baton at least six times and punched by one officer at least 27 times. The one minute, 32-second video shows four officers trying to subdue the suspect, who appears to be resisting and not complying with an officer’s demand to “stop resisting . . . give us your arms . . . stop resisting.” Thirty seconds into the video, two other officers arrive and join the others in trying to put the suspect in handcuffs. The suspect does appear to be resisting at times and police keep asking him to give them his arms."The University issued a statement explaining the circumstances surrounding the student's arrest. Click here to read statement. According to the statement:
"The incident began shortly after 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14 when campus police were contacted by a student in the Social Sciences building who reported being followed by another student acting in a strange manner. A short time later, campus police received calls regarding a disoriented and threatening individual who had appeared on two different floors attempting to enter offices.
On the 8th floor, the suspect entered an office and attempted to force the occupant to leave. Being unsuccessful, the suspect left and subsequently barricaded himself in a 7th floor office. London Police were called. Two campus officers arrived on the scene and the suspect came out of the barricaded office and charged the officers in a violent manner. Other persons on the floor fled for their own safety and some locked themselves in their own offices. A third officer arrived and the three officers attempted to subdue the suspect, but he was able to break away from officers and fled.
On the main floor the suspect was stopped by a campus police officer and a confrontation took place as the suspect attempted to flee. London Police officers arrived on the scene to assist campus police and tried to subdue the suspect, who continued to fight violently and would not allow himself to be handcuffed. After numerous loud requests to the suspect to stop resisting, officers used punches and strikes to the suspect’s arms to apply handcuffs.
The suspect was eventually subdued and as he was being led outside, he began to fight once again. He was further restrained by officers. An ambulance arrived at this time. Paramedics had been called because officers felt the behaviour exhibited by the individual indicated he should be assessed at hospital. The resistance continued after the individual was transported to hospital. He was released into police custody at 3 a.m., Oct. 15. Police charged a 22-year-old fourth-year Social Sciences student with mischief, resisting arrest, assault, and escaping custody.
Do you think that the force was excessive? Given that he was unarmed and not able to get off the ground, is it relevant what happened before he was taken to the ground in assessing the reasonableness of the force used? Is an individual truly resisting when they try to protect themselves from repeated blows from a baton, fist, knee?