Residents crowded into a church Saturday to assail police for beating a teenager and spraying him in the face with tear gas during an arrest captured on videotape.
Pharon Crosby, 18, a high school honors student, was punched, kicked in the ribs and sprayed with Mace by officers who were trying to disperse an unruly crowd of teenagers loitering at a downtown bus stop.
Crosby had refused orders to leave the area and resisted while an officer tried to handcuff him, Police Chief Michael Snowden said.
Most of the struggle occurred after an officer’s shoulder was separated during the Tuesday arrest, police said. Crosby did not require medical treatment.
The arrest has raised questions about excessive force or whether it was racially motivated. Two of the three officers involved in the arrest are white; Crosby is black.