A video shows Sugar Creek police officers break the driver side window of an SUV and open the door to pull out a man allegedly resisting arrest Monday. The chief of police in Sugar Creek said the officers acted appropriately. BY SUGAR CREEK POLICE DEPARTMENT
Video recorded by police and witnesses shows Sugar Creek police officers break the driver side window of an SUV and hit a man with a baton while arresting him Monday.
The video, which shows officers quickly pull the man out of the vehicle after a short pursuit, captures the end of an incident that began when the man went to City Hall to request information from a police officer’s personnel file, according to police.
Police said the man had previously been armed in encounters with officers and had identified himself as a “sovereign citizen,” meaning he would not recognize the authority of local, state and federal governments.
Sugar Creek Police Chief Chris Soule on Tuesday defended his officers’ actions, saying it was a split-second decision and “they did what they were trained to do.”
About 9:45 a.m. Monday officers responded to a reported disturbance at Sugar Creek City Hall at 103 South Sterling Avenue, according to a news release posted to the Sugar Creek Police Department’s Facebook page.