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TPD investigating alleged police beating

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Anti-violence activist Gerald E. Rose tells 13abc he'll be in Toledo next weekend to discuss information about an alleged beating by Toledo police officers. The incident happened a week ago in the 2000 block of Chase street in the North End.

Aaron pope is the alleged victim. Local activists claim Toledo police officers beat him up.

"When I came out, there were already neighbors out, and they were saying, she was yelling, 'Why are you beating him like that?' The man was just yelling, 'Please, stop, you're going to kill me,' over and over," says witness Shannon Hamblin.

Hamblin has cameras on her home, and her cousin recorded the alleged incident on his cell phone.

"This one cop, he was a white shirt cop, so I think that's a Sergeant, he got out. He said something, and he ran and he kicked the guy in his face," says Hamblin.

Hamblin showed us where it happened. Police say it all started when they received a domestic violence call. When they got to the scene, they found no victim, but they found Pope, who fit the description of the suspect.

"They tried to stop him, and he fled. He ran between some house, ended up hiding behind a bush. They ordered him to come out. He refused to come out. Order him to show his hands, and he refused to show his hands. They pulled him out of the bush, and, when they did, a struggle ensued almost immediately," says Toledo Police Lieutenant Mark King.

According to a police report, Pope resisted. Officers tried to control him, including hitting him with their tasers.

The report states Pope "pulled the wires from himself and became combative."  Court documents state Pope allegedly hit an officer in his chest, scratched his face, kicked him in the shins, and even turned an officer's taser back on him and stunned the officer.

"There are always occasions when things escalate into severe violence, like this case here, where a taser didn't work, batons didn't work. Sometimes they're able to overpower the officers and their tactics, but we have not seen any increase in our force complaints or anything," says Lt. King

Pope is no stranger to the court system. Court records show he's been convicted of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of crack cocaine, domestic violence, resisting arrest, obstructing official business and disorderly conduct.

Hamblin says, when police noticed her cousin recording the incident, they ordered him to surrender his cell phone. Video obtained by 13abc shows her cousin go into the home.

A sergeant, who can be seen in a white shirt, goes in the house after him.  They come back out of the house with the officer holding the 23-year-old mans right wrist.

The man sits, and it appears there's a struggle to retrieve the cell phone. There is no audio on the tape, so we don't know what the sergeant is saying.  It appears the sergeant attempts to reach for the cell phone and then pulls the man up and handcuffs him.  

"There's an established case law, especially for felony cases. We can seize that as evidence. So, he did not want to submit that evidence to us, so we had to take it involuntarily from him," says King.

Hamblin says her cousin wasn't injured, but the man police allegedly beat up was.

"It was like every cop that came hit him. They kicked him. It was ridiculous," she says.

Pope is facing numerous charges for his role in this incident.  He has not yet filed a complaint against the Toledo Police Department.

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