Allentown Police Department releases video of alleged police use of force incident at St. Luke’s Hospital

Written by on July 14, 2020

Allentown Police Department releases video of alleged police use of force incident at St. Luke’s Hospital

By Jen Rehill

July 14, 2020

The Allentown Police Department has released a new video that shows the apprehension of a man outside St. Luke’s Hospital on Saturday evening. A bystander video of the same event has sparked outcry and protests in the city.

The nine and a half minute video released by police appears to be the entire incident from a camera across the street from the hospital – including the portion shown in the 26-second bystander footage. 

A man appears walking into the frame and vomits several times, and then kneeling when approached by two police officers. Three total tried to apprehend him, and during that period one officer appears to place his knee on the man’s head and neck area. The video ends with police and hospital staff walking the man with arms restrained behind his back into the hospital. 

Police officials say the investigation is ongoing. They have not released the names of the officers involved in the event, or the individual. 

The new video can be seen on the Allentown Police Department website.

A protest was held in Allentown Monday night in response to the cellphone video that record d a portion of the incident.

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