Police curse at bystanders, telling them to “back the (expletive) up” and threaten to shoot the person recording the video with a stun gun. The bystanders in turn yell insults and expletives at the officers.
The video — which includes vulgar language used by police, Haithcox and bystanders — also shows police handcuffing Haithcox between two houses and leading him to a police cruiser. Haithcox was pinned to the ground by several officers while being handcuffed.
Young asked Haithcox to get out of the street and Haithcox refused, swearing at the officer. Young then got out of his car and asked Haithcox for identification. After an exchange, Haithcox pushed the officer and the two began to fight, the report states. Haithcox forced Young to the ground, punched him in the face at least 15 times and tried to grab Young’s firearm, according to the document.
The report was written by Cpl. Cody Skipper, who also was at the scene.
Haithcox tried to run and tackled by the two officers. The affidavit states that police shot Haithcox twice with a stun gun as they tried to subdue him.
Residents say the incident has caused increased tension between themselves and the police department. They say police retaliated over the next several days by increasing patrols in the area and issuing tickets for minor infractions like riding a bicycle without a bell and jaywalking.
The Elkhart Police Department denied allegations that they targeted the neighborhood by increasing patrols and said officers were only in the area to respond to calls.